We believe that we are stronger together than alone.
Across the global movement for grassroots justice, legal empowerment practitioners face common challenges. The Learning Agenda aims to deepen impact and practice by sharing learning about “what works” in different contexts. By learning together, we will generate and test new ideas, address the most burning questions and grow the global movement for justice.
Frontiers of Learning
The Learning Agenda explores the frontiers of the legal empowerment field, where collective inquiry can generate new solutions to our most pressing challenges.
- Building power and systems change: at the heart of the learning agenda is an exploration of how legal empowerment strategies can achieve structural change. The core challenge is how to translate grassroots efforts focused on specific rights violations into broader reforms that advance justice for everyone. Combining law and organizing offers incredible potential.
- Impact: understanding our impact helps us get better over time. And by generating evidence about the impact of legal empowerment, we can make the case for why legal empowerment should be a public priority around the world.
- Recognition and Financing: to shift the status quo of injustice we need lasting structures for organizing and movement building over the long term. Public recognition and innovative forms of financing are two issues that are central to the sustainability of grassroots justice movements.
- Democracy and closing civic space: grassroots justice efforts embody a deeper version of democracy: everyday people using the rules to make public institutions work better. But with authoritarianism on the rise, our work is increasingly difficult and dangerous. There is an urgent need to adapt to shifting political contexts and find effective strategies to keep our people safe.
Grassroots justice organizations are deploying research to stem the tide of Injustice
How grassroots justice organizations are using action research to center those most affected by injustice, build community power and generate systemic change
Building the Legal Empowerment Movement in Africa: Shared Learning, Community Power and Advocacy for Justice
This convening held in Nairobi, Kenya was a site to build solidarity around the practice of legal empowerment across Africa. Participants aim to continue sharing experiences and embrace learning.
Lagos Declaration on Community-Driven Justice
The West Africa Regional meeting brought together legal empowerment practitioners from 15 countries and concluded with specific commitments towards advancing their local, national and regional legal empowerment priorities
Pouring New Wines in Old Wineskins: State Capture, Contestations and Conflicting Understanding of the Paralegalism in Kenya with the Advent of the Legal Aid
Kenya's Legal Aid Act of 2016 and the consequences of formalization and legal recognition of community paralegals.
Land and Environmental Justice Core Group members discuss how participant organizations can operate as a movement
Core group members met in person across two locations to reaffirm their common struggles, find areas where they can learn from each other’s approaches, and define an agenda for collective action.