Access to Justice
We innovate in contexts where access to justice services are fractured and where government has no legal aid policy nor legislation in place. In this scenario, we conduct national and regional access to justice baseline surveys; develop legal aid policies and legal aid bills.
Our legal aid policies and bills are underpinned by the inherent value of indigenous systems, alternative dispute resolution, community-based paralegals and enhancing access to justice for the vulnerable, particularly women and children. We also integrate target 16.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals into our policy frameworks.
We also assist in providing technical assistance to ministries of justice, ministries responsible for women, national legal aid institutions and civil society organisations responsible for providing access to justice services.
Our preliminary research indicates that while paralegals require training on core skills’ areas, their learning appears to falter when not complemented by life skills and emotional and psychological support. Accordingly, while we develop curricula based on traditional core skills’ requirements, we also develop curricula on aspects of public speaking; negotiating conflict; public speaking; and participation in local government.