Project profile — Legal Empowerment Approach to Natural Resource Governance in Latin America


Namati Inc.
2022-10-07 - 2025-05-31
Global Affairs Canada
PFM Strategic Policy and Summits

Country / region 

• South of Sahara, regional (10.00%)
• West Indies, regional (30.00%)
• North and Central America, regional (30.00%)
• South America, regional (30.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Justice, law and order policy, planning and administration (15131) (25.00%)
• General Environmental Protection: Environmental policy and administrative management (41010) (25.00%)
• Other Multisector: Research/scientific institutions (43082) (50.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project supports three legal empowerment organizations across Latin America to implement action research projects addressing key natural resource governance challenges in the region. The project’s aim is to understand how innovative legal empowerment strategies can help communities know, use and shape the law to advance reforms in natural resource governance and support the empowerment of women and marginalized groups. This is done through actions that increase the participation of women and marginalized groups to drive legislative and policy reform. In supporting action research projects, Namati Inc. builds the capacity of partner organizations to lead collective action and advocacy in the region. Practical strategies generated in this project are shared broadly for use by other civil society organizations. These outcomes directly contribute to poverty reduction, reduced pollution and reduced health impacts on populations, allowing for broader meaningful participation in the economy.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) Generation and communication of analysis and evidence on legal empowerment solutions for natural resource governance, climate change and women's rights; (2) Local leadership on learning and knowledge-sharing among legal empowerment organizations, both within and across regions; and (3) Understanding and uptake of evidence produced by locally-driven action research on natural resource governance, climate change and women's rights by policymakers in low- and middle-income countries.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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