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Comparative Study of Legal Aid in East Africa

The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) is pleased to share a new report  based on a comparative study of legal aid schemes used in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The analysis was conducted by DIHR in cooperation with the East Africa Law Society (EALS) and draws from stakeholder contributions from these three East African countries.

The main purpose of the study is to identify trends in the provision of legal aid in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. This includes a description of the main legal aid practices used in the region, and an identification and description of linkages between the various legal aid providers – including state legal aid bodies/initiatives, the legal profession/lawyers, and NGOs/paralegals.

In addition, the report offers a series of recommendations for legal aid stakeholders in the region ranging from policy-making on legal aid, to further developing legal aid initiatives for service provision and strengthening cooperation as well as coordination between various providers. The study also provides critical input for the development of advocacy strategies for improved access to justice in the countries covered and beyond.

The report is available for download by visiting our Tools Database.

February 21, 2012 | Namati

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