[Featured Resource] the new Legal Aid Act of 2017 in Tanzania

This week’s resource comes to us from Tanzania - the Tanzanian Government passed the new Legal Aid Act in March 2017 after a long advocacy campaign organized by many members here in our network. Part IV of the act is dedicated to special provisions for paralegals and is certainly worth reading.

Countries such as South Africa, Liberia, Ukraine, and Bangladesh have been organizing similar campaigns to advocate for formal recognition, while other countries like Nigeria, Uganda, and the United States try to build on existing frameworks. Still more countries are involved in the tough process of implementing such laws already on the books, like Kenya, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, and now Tanzania. As this is such an important issue and relates to public financing of legal empowerment work nationally, we wanted to highlight this new resource this week.

See also the discussion around the act already happening here or let us know your thoughts below.


The Featured Resource is a short profile of a key resource found in the resource library of the Global Legal Empowerment Network. These resources can be older or brand new, but they all touch on important themes within legal empowerment. If you have a resource you would like to profile with the network, upload it directly at this link or email it to community@namati.org.

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