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Call for Applications: African Regional Paralegal Workshop

Does your organization provide community-based paralegal services? Are you interested in learning from the experiences of others and working to develop strategies to address common challenges or complex cases?

If so, Namati and Global Rights invite your application to anAfrican Regional Workshop for Community-Based Paralegal Programs. This event provides a space for administrators, lead paralegals, and trainers to learn from each other in a variety of areas such as paralegal training, case monitoring and evaluation, supervision, and handling cases dealing with gender, land, or customary lawissues, among others.

Across Africa, community-based paralegals are using their training in law, alternative dispute resolution, community activism, government procedures, and advocacy to make law and public institutions work for people.  Paralegal models vary widely – for example, some operate autonomously, while others are connected to networks of public interest lawyers.  Some mobilize unpaid volunteers, while others rely on salaried professionals.  Despite this diversity, we have found that all community-based paralegal programs have much to gain from reflecting upon and sharing their own experiences and learning from those of others.

The workshop is open to administrators, lead paralegals, and trainers from paralegal service organizations operating in sub-Saharan Africa (up to two participants per organization).  Simultaneous translation in English and French will be provided. The workshop is free to participants.  Additionally, with the generous support of UKAid, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Open Society Foundations, we will cover participants’ reasonable travel expenses.

   Applications are available in English and French.   Please email your application
to workshop@namati.org by May 18, 2012.

May 1, 2012 | Namati

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