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Advice Office Support Project

Association of University Legal Aid Institutions Trust

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Increasing Access to Justice
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2009–December 31, 2010
  • Location Potchefstroom, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus South Africa

About this grant

This grant will provide continued support to the Association of University Legal Aid Institutions Trust for its advice office support project. The trust promotes access to justice for poor and marginalized communities through fostering partnerships between legal aid institutions attached to universities in South Africa and community-based advice offices. Through this project, the trust has provided funding and other forms of support to community-based advice offices to ensure that they effectively provide legal and related services to the country’s poor. Working through established access to justice clusters, specific activities included training and mentorship to paralegals working in community-based advice offices; capacity-building assistance to advice offices; back-up legal services to paralegals and direct legal assistance to indigent communities; and educational materials and information sessions to inform people as to their rights and where to get assistance.