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Organizational Development, Publications, and Capacity-Building

Community Law and Rural Development Centre

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Increasing Access to Justice
  • Grant Amount $125,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2003–December 31, 2003
  • Location Durban, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus Eastern Cape, Province of, KwaZulu-Natal, Province of

About this grant

The goal of the Community Law and Rural Development Centre is to educate rural communities about their human rights through advice offices run by trained paralegals. The center support 60 advice offices and 100 paralegals throughout Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape.Multiyear funding will enable the center to continue its programs and support activities that include conducting a strategic planning process to determine how to achieve meaningful participation of rural communities in the governing structures; coordinating regional evaluation workshops; producing a manual on roles, duties and responsibilities of the board; and publishing three editions of the Izindaba/Community News annually.Accomplishments during the past two years included completing the training for the ninth group of paralegals and initiating training for the 10th group; training more than 100 traditional leaders in the fields of local governance, relations with democratically elected local councilors and basic magistrate and tribal court procedures; conducting organizational development training; and widely disseminating educational materials on local government, human rights and committee development.