JEI trains, monitors, and supports networks of individuals providing community-based paralegal services in rural and urban poor communities in Nigeria. Through the paralegal network and more broadly, JEI supports movement-building and inter-community solidarity within and between poor and marginalized communities. When necessary, JEI undertakes strategic advocacy or litigation to backstop the work of paralegals and the activities of the broader community-based movement.
Recognizing the power of locally generated information, JEI supports community-level documentation and data collection as a foundation for all of its activities. Moreover, because complex problems require multi-dimensional responses, JEI undertakes strategic collaboration with other organizations to leverage strengths and ensure lasting impact.
latest press releases:
Joint Communique against Forced Evictions Affecting the Urban Poor (22 October 2015, Accra, Ghana) (joint communique issued by federations of the urban poor and supporting NGOs from across West Africa) (voici la version française du Communiqué Conjoint)
Badia East: Thousands of People Forcibly Evicted from Their Homes, Thousands More at Risk (18 September 2015, Lagos, Nigeria) (joint statement with Amnesty International & the Nigerian Slum/Informal Settlement Federation)
Voices from the Slums: Lagos Communities Cry Out for Security of Tenure (13 October 2014, Lagos, Nigeria)
Forced Eviction and Land Grab-Affected Communities in Rivers State Prepare for National Human Rights Commission Sitting Promised for November 2014 (7 October 2014, Port Harcourt, Nigeria)
URGENT: Many Badia East Evictees Still Homeless
On 18, 19 and 22 September 2015, bulldozers demolished a large portion of Badia East informal settlement in Lagos, forcibly evicting an estimated 10,000 urban poor. Read our joint statement with Amnesty International and the Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation, and the joint press statement of the Friends of Badia East. See also photographs of demolitions and aftermath.
advocacy spotlight: JEI advocates for stronger World Bank safeguards to protect project-affected communities
The World Bank has the power to ensure that governments to which it lends money respect human rights in the course of Bank-funded development projects. Unfortunately, the current draft of the World Bank' s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) fails to do this. Instead, it leaves too much room for human rights violations by World Bank borrowers, and gives the World Bank too little responsibility for anticipating violations in the course of funded projects.