INCREASING ACCESS TO JUSTICE BY STRENGTHENING THE CAPACITY OF PARALEGALS FOR IMPROVED AND SUSTAINABLE LEGAL AID
“Justice for everyday problems”
Goal: To enhance improved quality, capacity and sustainability of districts paralegal services for increased access to justice for all people, particularly women in Singida Region by 2021
This project is funded by Legal Services facility Tanzania, and this is what they do:
Results oriented grants aim to facilitate legal empowerment with increased protection of womens rights to land, property, safety and security. Grant making enables our partners to expand and sustain the accessibility of legal aid services. Additionally, grants offer opportunities for institutional strengthening of the recipient, which contributes to sustainability of legal aid. (Refer to Grants section for information on our grantees).
The LSF supports legal aid providers institutionally and technically, which will assist in their resource mobilization. A further contribution is made to increase accountability, transparency and quality of legal aid delivery. This in turn will positively impact on the institutional and services acceptability to duty bearers, which assists in creating a conducive environment for legal empowerment.
Partnerships, Networking and Fundraising
This aims to substantiate and accelerate LSF inputs, to generate financial resources and provides access to centers of expertise. It includes support to effective legal aid networks and to alliances for protection of human rights.
The LSF is pro-active in coordinating efforts toward justice for all, in particular for women. Legal aid provider driven design of approaches for urban legal empowerment” and for Zanzibar Legal empowerment, are just two examples.
Learning is promoted by rigorously establishing what works and what not. We pilot different approaches and systematically monitor our partners, which informs the direction of the program. Serving public accountability and to contribute to the knowledge base of legal aid, education and empowerment in relation to access to justice, a wide spectrum of professional communication is maintained.
Text from: Legal Services Facility (LSF) Tanzania
What we do at SEMA:
Enhance knowledge of paralegals and community members in 6 Districts for improved delivery of quality legal aid services through an empowerment approach by 2021.
Improve the institutional capacity of 6 District Paralegals for sustainability of Legal Aid services in Singida by 2021.
Strengthen relationship between LGAs and 6 Paralegal organizations for an improved response to women’s rights protection in Singida by 2021.
Achievements by 2017:
clients (471 men and 332 women) benefited from legal aid services.
GBV and VAC Cases were Successfully Resolved.
(26,478 men and 29,742 women) Community members reached by Legal Education.
EIC and BCC Materials designed, produced and disseminated to the community.
of Paralegals Income produced locally from Local Resources.
4 Paralegal units able to plan, implement and report on project and finance as a result of capacity building.
More than Programme and Programme Carried out carrying Legal education massages.
152 LGAs officials participated in different projects events.
16 CSOs capacitated to advocate for reforms that promote greater transparency and accountability as well as accessibility, particularly for women, youth, poor and vulnerable communities.
Improved LGAs and CSOs collaboration and collective actions from community.
Communities in Singida empowered to report on irregularities and demand actions.