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Paralegal Alliance Network (PAN) Ltd (Zambia)

Lusaka, Zambia
Joined December 2016
Presence in: Zambia
Focus: Other

The Paralegal Alliance Network (PAN) is a consortium of 15 non-governmental Legal Aid Service Providers (LASPs) in Zambia. PAN’s mission is to leverage the collective power of its network members to improve access to justice for all indigents including persons with disabilities thus challenging the acute discrimination experienced by this constituency throughout the justice chain. Formed in 2000, PAN was registered as a company by guarantee under PACRA and as an NGO under the NGO Act in 2013.

The aim of PAN is to enhance the capacity of its member organisations in offering legal aid services to the poor and vulnerable groups, by strengthening the role of paralegals in the justice system.

The network collaborates with training institutions such as the National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA), the University of Zambia (UNZA) and the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) to develop curriculum and train paralegals. The developed curricula were approved by the Ministry of Education through the Technical Vocation Education Training Authority (TEVETA) and the School of Law at the University of Zambia that supports Skills Award certified community-based paralegal trainings through accreditation. PAN Secretariat coordinates paralegal trainings for member organisations to ensure consistency and accountability of developed standards.

PAN also collaborates with various key state departments and institutions to ensure access to justice for all. PAN is a member of the Communication, Cooperation and Coordination Initiative under the Access to Justice Programme in the Ministry of Justice.

Since PAN’s inception, more than 1,000 paralegals have been trained. The network also developed reference and training manuals for paralegals. Year by year members have been able to see an increase in cases handled by paralegals, an indication that the Zambian population increasingly utilizes paralegal services.

 

People Associated With This Organization

Chileshe Katongo

Zambia  
Paralegal Alliance Network (PAN) Ltd... (Unverified)
Joined August 2019
Interests: Generalist Legal Services
I am a Zambian Lady born in the year 1992, living in the capital city of Lusaka. I am a trained project planning and management and Monitoring and Evaluation personnel from the University of Zambia and Cavendish University. I have 7 years of work experience in NGOs in Zambia ranging from international to local NGOs. I work for Paralegal Alliance Network as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. I am passionate about issues to do with justice, gender, governance, transparency, accountability and environment.

I have joined this network to learn more about how we as an organization can enhance access to justice and improve service delivery in our of operation.

George Mwila Chimembe

Zambia  
Paralegal Alliance Network (PAN) Ltd... (Unverified)
Joined August 2019
Interests: Criminal Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
I am human rights activists who has spent most of my working career in civil society organizations. I have been involved in projects that promote human rights of vulnerable populations and most I have been involved in paralegal work for over 15 years. Apart from holding a diploma in project management and another diploma in rural development, I have been trained as a paralegal (diploma level) and I also hold a bachelor of laws (LLB). I am currently pursuing masters of law (LMM). In this way I intend to expand my knowledge of legal empowerment as well as tap into other practitioners' expertise and experience within the sphere of legal empowerment.

Godfrey Malembeka

Zambia  
Paralegal Alliance Network (PAN) Ltd... (Unverified)
Joined November 2017
Interests: Criminal Justice

kennedy mulenga

Zambia  
Paralegal Alliance Network (PAN) Ltd... (Unverified)
Joined December 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Education, Family, Gender-based violence
I hold a diploma in private investigation and I have a passion to promote justice and to improve the welfare of general citizen in fair trials.

mateyo Banda

Zambia  
Paralegal Alliance Network (PAN) Ltd... (Unverified)
Joined June 2019
Interests: Generalist Legal Services
Am a lawyer ( LLB) , we are running a project called Corridors of Justice. The organisation seeks to provide Legal Aid to indigent persons in the remote parts of the country. This will be done through use of advocates in Provincial centres and Legal assistants at district level. In addittion, the organisation advocates for community sentencing for Misdemenours and for those that have terminal illnesses.

Phillip Sabuni

Zambia  
Paralegal Alliance Network (PAN) Ltd...
Joined June 2012
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Family, Health, Other
A human rights activist since 2001. Paralegal trainer, lawyer, working a lot around disability rights issues since 2012 after attending summer school at Central European University and trained in Mental Disability Law in Practice.

Iam here to share information and learn from network members about paralegal work, legal empowerment and access to justice issues in general.

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Rexina Kamutande

Zambia  
Paralegal Alliance Network (PAN) Ltd... (Unverified)
Joined August 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice
I am Rexina Kamutande, lawyer/ human rights activist with a passion to serve the poor and the marginalised/vulnerable groups in my country through Advocacy, Promotion and Protection of human rights.Am a Policy Analyst and Advocacy Officer at Paralegal Alliance Network, a very reliable, highly resourceful and zealous person with expertise in Law, Advocacy, Research, Project Management, HIV/AIDS/TB and Human Rights. I pride myself in maintaining high standard of service delivery.
My role in the community is to identify solutions to the issues affecting the marginalised groups, mobilise the community members for engagement, network with other people with different capacities and empower community leaders and actors for positive change.
Joining this network will give me an opportunity to get the exposure, share information, learn from other members and link and network with other activists to ensure that human rights are respected.
Phillip Sabuni is the network champion (main point of contact) for Paralegal Alliance Network (PAN) Ltd (Zambia).

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