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Tanzania Network of Legal Aid Providers (TANLAP)

Dar es salaam, Tanzania
Joined March 2022

TANLAP works at national level to build its members’ capacities to engage with the government, create awareness around critical legal and human rights issues, and advocate for rights of citizens.

Presence in: Tanzania
Focus: Children's Rights, Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Community Organizing, Community Paralegals, Criminal Justice, Disability Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Family, Financial Sustainability & Fundraising, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, HIV/Aids, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Labor & Employment, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law

Tanzania Network of Legal Aid Providers (TANLAP) is an umbrella national network working in the legal sector. It is a membership network comprising Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other institutions providing legal aid in Tanzania. Founded in 2006, TANLAP’s core aim is to work and link up with other Civil Society Organizations, provide quality legal aid and advocate for access to justice among the poor and marginalized sections of society in Tanzania. TANLAP complies with the NGO Act no 24 of 2002 and is granted a certificate of compliance (No. 1300).

TANLAP also, draws its strength from its membership.  Thus, collectively, TANLAP have a stronger voice and more power and force than a single organization. To inculcate and maintain a sense of network ownership and loyalty, TANLAP designs, implements and manages its programme using a participatory approach. The Secretariat makes a deliberate effort to execute all its activities with and through members to avoid unnecessary competition and duplication of activities.The services of the network benefit women, poor men, Most Vulnerable Children, youths, people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS and other marginalized groups.

TANLAP works with the Government, Judiciary, Parliament and other organizations regional and international, organizations. TANLAP is a founding member of East African Network of State and Non-State Actors Providing Legal Aid, a member African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice and a member international Legal Aid Group. Currently TANLAP has a working relationship with George Washington University under Paralegal Program where we are exploring paralegal education models and contribute to program planning and curriculum development but also working to write a memorandum describing options for a paralegal student exchange program, which could be piloted between students in the US and Tanzania.

People Associated With This Organization

Christina Kamili Ruhinda

Tanzania  
Tanzania Network of Legal Aid Providers...
Joined March 2022
Interests: Children's Rights, Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Community Paralegals, Criminal Justice, Disability Rights, Environmental Justice, Family, Financial Sustainability & Fundraising, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Labor & Employment, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy, Protection & Safety, Refugees & Migrant Rights, Right to Information, Women's Rights
Ms. Christina Kamili Ruhinda is a Lawyer, holding a master’s degree in Governance and Leadership. She is also the Executive Director of the Tanzania Network of Legal Aid Providers (TANLAP). She is currently in the United States for a Fulbright-funded Humphrey International Fellowship. The Humphrey Fellowship brings mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of academic and professional work based on fellows’ demonstrated potential for leadership and commitment to public service. She is in the field of Law and Human Rights.
Ms. Ruhinda has received TIFLD Leadership Award , Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) Board Membership Award and Women Civil Society Director’s Forum / WFT/ WiLDAF Award on Legal Aid and prominent Leadership that strengthens the women movement in Tanzania and around the world.
Ms. Ruhinda is also a Chairperson of Policy Forum (PF) , Tangible Initiative for Local Development Tanzania , Door of Hope, Retired Board member of THRDC and a Board member of various Non-Governmental Organization; A member of Tanzania Girl Guide Association; A member of National Bench- Bar Case Management Committee established under Chief Justice’s Circular No. 5 of 2018; Founding member of East Africa Regional Network of Non – State and State Actors ; A member of African Centre of Excellency on Access to Justice ; A Member of African Union’s Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FemWise-Africa); A Vital Voice Global Alumni (VVLEAD); A member of International Legal Aid Group and Tanzania Local Researchers Coordinator on Global Access to Justice Project . She has further participated in Various African Union expert’s Meetings organized by the Political Affairs Department as an expert on access to justice.

Ms. Ruhinda has over 10 years of experience in the Legal Aid sub-sector, Human Rights, Gender, Governance, Justice and Rule of Law, Election Observation, Networking, Programme Management and Capacity Development. She has, inter alia, been engaged in the identification of potential issues that have influenced access to Justice in Tanzania; analyzing human rights abuses and proposing possible reforms; conducting assessment of Tanzania’s legislations, practice and capacities in respect to regional, continental and international human rights standards – treaty obligations and compliance.
Ms. Ruhinda has authored several publications including thematic reports, articles and papers in international journals.
Christina Kamili Ruhinda is the network champion (main point of contact) for Tanzania Network of Legal Aid Providers (TANLAP).

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