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Navigating Complex Pathways to Justice: Community Paralegals and Customary and Informal Justice

By: International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

This publication explores how community-based paralegals and other legal aid providers can strengthen the accessibility and inclusiveness of customary and informal justice (CIJ) systems. It brings together leading-edge research and the grounded experience of IDLO programs in several sub-Saharan African countries to address:

  • the key functions of community-based paralegals in contexts of legal pluralism, including paralegal support for women and marginalized populations
  • creating an enabling environment for sustainable community paralegal engagement with CIJ systems
  • recommendations for policymakers and practitioners seeking to improve the accessibility and inclusiveness of CIJ systems

Click here to access the summary handout.