New member introductions (3 May to 16 May, 2018)

Hello and welcome again, new members!

You will find we are friendly and open in this community. This a safe space where you can make new friends from around the world and keep in touch for solidarity, learning, sharing and collaboration.

Here in this topic we bring together new members joining between 3 and 16 May, to celebrate your arrival and make it easy for you to introduce yourself to the community and ask your questions.

Please introduce yourself! How did you find us and what prompted you to join? What are you working on right now that you want to share or that you need help with? Just add a reply.

If you have any concerns or feedback, or want to schedule a skype call to get a tour of our online platform, I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me directly by messaging @tobiaseigen or by sending an email to

In solidarity,

Tobias Eigen,
Community Manager

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Being a Development Practitioner I got an opportunity to work with different Civil Society Organizations and the Projects. Working for the people is my passion and bringing positive change to society is my aspiration and facilitating for the rights of last person in the society is my ambition. I have continuously increased my expertise in designing, planning, managing and evaluating integrated rural development programmes for more than 3 decades. My specific fields of expertise comprise Community Development, Integrated Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Livelihood Initiatives, Strengthening CSO and FPO, Promotion of Organic Farming, Rural Marketing, Peace and Spiritual Sciences, Fundraising, Networking and Advocacy.

The main reason for joining this movement is to develop my understanding and find new ways of connecting. Life is overall a learning experience which requires every individual to learn and share.


I am working with NIRMAN as a Sr. Programme Advisor. NIRMAN ( is a social action group working on conservation and promotion of millets-based mixed farming systems, sustainable agriculture, natural resource management and land rights. We are working in the selected villages and Gram Panchayats of Rayagada, Kandhamal, Nayagarh and Jajpur Districts of Odisha, India.

Providing my support and guidance to the programme team of NIRMAN (CSO), Odisha, India and monitoring of different programmes of the Organisation. Besides, I am also assisting to the Executive Director of the Organisation in the fund raising and most importantly assisting to the field team for the facilitation of the livelihood and natural resource governance programmes.


i am a female lawyer from Zimbabwe . Have about years in the legal profession my special interest being the empowerment of the marginalized and vulnerable with legal knowledge and representation of the vulnerable members of the community from rights violations.


When I was in High School, my teacher told me:

Joseph No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.

After my Graduation in 2014, due to poor background I was employed as a lawn mower at Mike’s football Stadium.

I got myself registered and graduated from Unique Digital Photo School as a professional photographer. After my graduation from Unique Digital Photo School, I decided to be a computer literate; I went for a computer training at Jackson Global Computer Training Institute. I got my diploma with six months IT training.

Currently now, I teach and offer computer services, photographing service, home compound cleaning services, Car washing services and I also go out to attend seminars, training, and life workshops.

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My name is Sabelo Ronald Mfeka, born in July 1973 in Durban, KZN, South Africa. I have been working as a Paralegal since 1999, I have worked in many places in KZN to mention just a few, Newcastle, Bergville and Inanda. I was also involved with KZN Land Legal Cluster where we fought for the rights of people working on farms.

I am also a sitting Chairperson of KZN Acaosa, an organization that looks after the interests of Community Advice Offices in South Africa.

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I am a leader of a women’s community based organisation in rural Uganda. I studied Project management with several training in advocacy. I am passionate about helping the single mothers and their children attain their rightful position in the society. By joining the network am interested in learning from other societies how to tackle the socio- economic challenges In their areas.

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James holds a in Biochemistry from The College of Basic Medical Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Shagamu, Ogun-State, Nigeria. A Human Rights advocate for the PWIDs and LGBTI Community in Lagos and South-West Nigeria since 2009 till present. A Fellow of the International Harm Reduction Academy from Alliance UKRAINE in Eastern Europe. Also, an astute advocate of Good Participatory Practice (GPP) in human right researches in Nigeria.

I am joining the network to learn more about:

  • Legal empowerment strategies in relation to injustices.
  • Paralegals support literacy available for affected communities to document and report violations.
  • Advocacy skills in scaling tangled bureaucracies, and challenging discriminatory systems.
  • Improving target community understanding about laws, policy and conventions.

Maxwell Atuhura is Executive Director Buliisa Youth Volunteers a Lawyer by profession good at Legal Counseling,Mediation,Legal drafting.By joining Network i will increase expertize in By- Laws drafting as regard Community Land Protection in Buliisa uganda’s Oil Rich Area.


Kondwani Banda is a projector coordinator and a paralegal officer for Sex Workers project at Center for Human Rights, Advice and Assistance and he has been working with CHREAA for three years and he is experienced in the field of a Paralegal. His day to day work involves in promoting Access to Justice like going to prisons, police cells and courts through paralegal aid clinics, advising and also he does lots of advocacy, awareness and he also conduct lots of community sensitization, he is also involved in legal empowerment at the same time he does legal literacy. He is a human rights defender and very in love with his line of work. He is a holder of Associate Degree in Legal Studies and a Graduate Diploma in the same and currently in the final year or fourth year student doing Bachelor Degree in Business Administration at Malawi Institute of Management (MIM). Currently he lives in Blantyre, Malawi.


Nemence Iriya is a leadership and governance specialist who is trained in Governance and leadership development from Jomo Kenyata University, Kenya. He poses a basic degree in rural Agriculture from Sokoine University in Tanzania and worked as a development and Governance specialist for the past ten years. He has experience of working as a human right, leadership and governance specialist for various organizations in Tanzania.

He has been exposed to various national and international policies with a strong capability of handling governance tasks including attendance to various special trainings including the Centre for Social Accountability in RSA and World Bank Institute.

By joining the network I will enhance my legal and human right skills, knowledge and experience and provide the same to others through learning, sharing and capacity building.

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Polycarp is a social scientist with extensive and availed experience in management of community based research and relief, health development and community education and promotion within Kenya from a right based approach. He has hands experience of working with communities at grass root level with proven skills and knowledge or organization development and capacity building within the society. Strong grounding in peer education, Research counseling and Advocacy experience has formed the foundation for the past and more recent health, HIV/AIDS,Pychological Counseling, Drugs and substance abuse prevention and also peer counselling focused consultancy mission including first Aids activities, blood donor mobilization and also, motivational and leadership excellence.

I am the executive Director of an Msm led organization in western kenya which works on human rights and Advocacy issues which forms my major interest of wanting to be part of this team which will help advance my Advocacy.

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Passion for the law with urge to see justice in society. Zealous desire to learn from each and everyone taste much as I can learn and open to any tasks or opportunities presented to me

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Je suis juriste communautaire depuis décembre 2015 au Centre pour l’Environnement et le Développement, une ONG camerounaise qui pour la défense des droits des communautés locales et autochtones.

Au quotidien j’accompagne juridiquement les communautés locales et autochtones et les organisations locales qui font dans la défense de leurs droits. Mon accompagnement a pour but de désacraliser le droit, de le simplifier au maximum afin de le rendre accessible à toutes les couches sociales.

j’espère apprendre des expériences des différents membres de forum et participer à la construction d’idée nouvelle pour un meilleur.

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I have been working at Transparency Maldives since 2013 as a Senior Project Coordinator at its Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC). The Centre provides free legal advice and assistance to victims and witnesses of corruption, human rights violations and to migrant workers. ALAC, in addition to free legal consultation, also conducts outreach programs to create public awareness about the detrimental effects of corruption, and undertakes advocacy for broader reform.

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I am the Director of The Rethinking Bretton Woods Project at Center of Concern in Washington DC and have worked for many years advocating for policy and governance reforms at the World Bank ad IMF. Previously, I worked for the international development NGO, ActionAid, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and taught Global Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay. Currently, The Rethinking Bretton Woods Project is deveoping a multi-country education and advocacy project to address the use of immunity under international law by the World Bank and other MDBs.

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Mr. Ke Dararoth has more than ten year experience of developmental work in education, human rights and democracy, good governance and legal assistance in Cambodia. Dararoth gained his knowledge and skills through different full-time positions such as the National Legal Officer with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI), Save the Children International and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). His resume also includes four years as the Program Manager with the U.S. Peace Corps in Cambodia, the Project Assistance with Cambodian Defenders Project (CDP) and three years as the Translator/Interpreter with the World Bank.

Mr. Ke Dararoth holds two degrees (Bachelor Degree of Education in English Literature and Master Degree of Law). He is also a certified teacher of English with the pedagogical certificate for secondary schools in Cambodia. He is looking forward to sharing his experiences and gaining new skills within the networks.

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I am the Founding Partner of ImpactCurve Global Consulting, a development and fundraising consulting firm based in Bangkok, Thailand that serves non-profit organizations, NGOs, social enterprises, and cause focused ventures world-wide. Before launching ICG in 2013, I worked in the nonprofit development field as a grantwriter and major gift officer to a number of organizations, both large and small. In my career, I have helped to secure over $12 million dollars to help cause-focused groups make a difference, fight for justice, and change lives.

I joined movement for legal empowerment because I believe that justice systems are an essential tool in creating an equitable future for the world’s most vulnerable, disadvantaged, and at-risk people, animals, and environments. However, those who need it most are often least able to access it, and that needs to change. I want to be a part of the movement that helps fulfill the vision of justice for everyone.

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I work with CIAM Panama (The Environmental Advocacy Center), a unique organization in Panama dedicated exclusively to the legal defense of the environment.

We are looking to exchange information about the work and strategies similar organizations have taken to tackle similar issues. We seek to know, and network with others and be recognized at an international level.

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I am a PHD in sociology, a specialist in gender relations and a teacher-researcher in Senegal. I am in charge of coordinating the action research project “Promoting inclusive land governance by improving women’s land rights in Senegal”.

This project is executed for nitiative Prospective Agricole Rurale.

My main aim is to share with other projects experiences and good practices to improve access and control of women on land in Senegal.

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