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Village Mediation Programme Brochure

By: Paralegal Advisory Services Institute (PASI)

The Village Mediation Programme (VMP) is a model of mediation established in Africa by the Paralegal Advisory Services Institute (PASI) in Malawi. The purpose of the programme is to support existing dispute resolution mechanisms and to provide means for diverting suitable cases away from the formal justice system. The VMP introduces a village-based mediation scheme that can assist poor and vulnerable people to access justice in civil and some minor criminal cases. PASI teachers train village-based mediators in their local language how to manage disputes in their communities.

This brochure introduces the benefits of mediation, when mediation can and cannot be used to resolve a dispute, followed by the structure and scope of the PASI village mediation program.