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National Coalition for Community Legal Empowerment (NaCCLE)

Freetown, Sierra Leone
Joined February 2021

NaCCLE is a coalition of CSOs working in community legal empowerment, especially in the primary justice system through paralegals. At present, NaCCLE has nine members active in various focal areas.

Presence in: Sierra Leone
Focus: Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Land & Natural Resources, Policy Advocacy & Governance

The NaCCLE, a coalition of nine (with room for new members sharing common values, purose and focus) Civil Society Organisations was formed in  August 2018 with support from Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).  It is an advocacy organisation active in the Primary Justice Sector, particularly in matters relating to, but not limited to access to justice, legal empowerment and human rights and other areas of advocacy.  NaCCLE’s aim is geared towards  enhancing the capacity of members to enable them promote the development of just and empowered communities.  The Coalition intends to achieve this through collaboration, partnership, research, joint advocacy, resource mobilization and capacity building for the creation of better communities with increased awareness among citizens of their rights in justice and human rights.

The Mission of NaCCLE is to enhance the capacity of members in order to promote the development of just and empowered communities through collaboration, partnership, research, joint advocacy, resource mobilization and capacity building with the Vision to see “empowered Communities for a Just and Developed Sierra Leone”.

People Associated With This Organization

John Lahai

Sierra Leone  
National Coalition for Community Legal...
Joined February 2021
Interests: Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Traditional / Customary Justice
A national of Sierra Leone and graduate from Njala University College with Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry. Joined the development world after two years in the classroom teaching mathematics, statistics and chemistry. Started my development joining as research assistant in the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, in planning Evaluation and Training (PET) department. It shaped my career towards organisation development and Program Cycle management. Continued in a consultancy firm as Program Assistant providing OD and Program cycle management to both private including national and international NGOs and the public sectors including Justice sector related Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). Benefitted from courses in and outside Sierra Leone to strengthen expertise in the OD and Change Management. Between 2001 and 2006, got employed by Care international and Senior Program Manager mobilising resources and supporting civil society organisations with sub-grants to implement community local initiatives. After 2006, worked as an independent consultant, providing diverse Organisation and change management support to both public clients, including the Sierra Leone Police, Law Officers Department, Sierra Leone Correction Services, Justice Sector CSO, under the Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP) implemented by British Council, a DFID funded project. At present, National Coordinator, helping members to set and pursue their vision and work geared towards attaining those vision. Continuous capacity building a an essential part of career development and it is my hope I would realise this desire through experience sharing as part of the network especially in the primary and formal justice system. A critical element of my role in my present organisation is to mobilise resources without which the organisation will not survive. Therefore, it is my desire that through joining hands with Legal Empowerment Network, we can work together and collectively accomplish this role.
John Lahai is the network champion (main point of contact) for National Coalition for Community Legal Empowerment (NaCCLE).

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