The results of the 2019 annual member survey are in!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the network’s response (including the launch of the COVID-19 Grassroots Justice Fund and the COVID-19 forum category), we delayed posting the results of the 2019 annual member survey until now. As the pandemic continues to ebb and flow around the globe, we wanted to share the results of our community’s annual survey at long last. While responses would be quite different given the current context, it is still informative to see where our community is and what direction we want to go collectively in the future.

There are 5 key highlights listed below, and you can find the full survey results here: 2019 Annual Survey Results (External).pdf (1.2 MB)

Land & environmental justice and women’s rights continue to be the top thematic issue areas

In line with last year’s results, you continued to voice strong support for our network to continue to focus on learning opportunities related to land & environmental justice and women’s rights. 71% chose at least 1 of the 3 challenges associated with Land & EJ, while 59% chose women’s rights as their chief challenge. We are working on some exciting new learning opportunities in these areas and plan to continue to include these as primary areas in the Legal Empowerment Leadership Course this year.

Community organizing and training support are critical areas to improve

Community organizing & empowerment, and training & supporting community paralegals are the top two areas of practice for the second year in a row. Members want more resources and opportunities in these areas, and they have increased in importance and difficulty within the context of the pandemic. The leadership course will also include sessions devoted to these topics and we hope to announce more resources and virtual opportunities on these in the coming months.

Funding sustainability continues to be increasingly difficult

The 2019 survey results mark the worst funding snapshot since our survey began — a combination of inadequate funding, lack of access to new sources of funding, and over reliance on only one funding source makes a lot of us vulnerable. Only 20% of respondents said that their funding situation has improved in comparison to last year, while 35% said their funding situation has worsened. While the JFA campaign has made significant headway in many areas, there is a lot of work to be done, and we hope to continue the momentum of the COVID-19 Grassroots Justice Fund.

The Network’s learning activities are having an impact!

82% of respondents said that the Network helped them to learn new knowledge and skills. Capacity building opportunities remain a top priority for us as a community and that will continue to be our top focus.

Our African members are more engaged and vocal in this year’s survey!

While members responded to the survey from all corners of the globe, members in Africa dominated the results this year in particular. We are thrilled that our African comrades are making themselves heard - let’s see how other regions might try to catch up. :wink: :earth_africa:

Feel free to share your reflections and thoughts on any of this year’s survey results. Or let the community know how you feel the current circumstances might change any of the results in the comments below.