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Vivek Maru of Namati Accepts the 2016 Skoll Award | #skollwf

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I had the privilege of living in Sierra Leone and it was in that place that I came to experience the power of frontline legal advocates," said Vivek Maru of Namati after accepting his Skoll Award. "Two years ago, 70 families in the eastern part of the country woke up to find poles erected on the land they have lived on for generations. Turns out a chief had sold 1400 acres to a Chinese rubber company, and hadn't bothered to ask the families whose land it was." Hear the rest above. About Namati: Billions of people live outside the protection of the law. They can be driven from their land, extorted by officials, and intimidated by violence. Vivek Maru founded Namati to place the power of the law in the hands of the people. Namati trains and deploys grassroots legal advocates who work with communities to advance justice. Together with its partners, Namati has supported more than 40,000 clients in eight countries to protect community lands, enforce environmental law, and secure basic rights to healthcare and citizenship. Drawing on data from thousands of cases, Namati advocates for improvements to policies and systems that affect millions of people. Namati brings together a global network of more than 500 groups dedicated to legal empowerment. The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world's most pressing problems. Our mission is to accelerate the impact of the world's leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage and large-scale social change. Each year, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions and information. http://skoll.org/skoll-world-forum/