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Indigenous peoples’ land rights in Tanzania and Kenya: the impact of strategic litigation and legal empowerment

As part of the Voice project MRG recently commissioned an evaluation of its litigation and legal empowerment programmes implemented with minorities and indigenous peoples in East Africa over the last 15 years. The evaluation found that these activities are powerful tools that create spaces and opportunities for communities to unite around shared struggles and make decisions that can impact positively on their collective rights. The evaluation considered the cases of the Endorois and Ogiek of Kenya and the Maasai of Tanzania, finding these strategic litigation programmes to have had great success overall, and concluded that key lessons can be drawn from them which can be applied to the conduct of future similar activities.

The findings presented in the full version of the report are strongly based on feedback direct from the relevant communities. The core learning points from the review are summarised via this link.

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