The Hakí Network is a global coalition dedicated to using law to empower the poor and marginalized. We were founded by a core group of civil society organizations, lawyers, and activists to harness law and human rights as a fundamental tool for fighting poverty. We emphasize local solutions, interconnectivity, and reducing poverty by strengthening rights and good governance. “Hak[i]” means justice or truth in Swahili, Arabic and other languages – reflecting our belief that justice is a common bond across cultures.
Hakí embraces innovative approaches including community-based paralegals, building local networks of advocates and public interest lawyers, and using the Internet and mobile technology as a mechanism for strengthening the rule of law and improving governance. Hakí members work locally, nationally and internationally on legal issues that directly affect the poor, including:
- Eliminating Injustice for Women
- Strengthening Land and Property Rights
- Reforming Customary Justice Systems
- Building the Rule of Law in Post-conflict Countries
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- Strengthening Access to Justice in Iraq
- US Supreme Court sets the protection and enforcement of international human rights back by 30 years
- Advocating for devolved land and resource rights – Hakí at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference
- Global Land Grab Brings Significant Risk to Investors As Communities Respond to Economic Harm, Human Rights Abuses
- Gender justice: The entry point to reforming the post 2015 development agenda