West Africa Paralegal Service Providers Survey
The Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative, Justice & Empowerment Initiatives, and NAMATI, are together carrying out a mapping of various legal empowerment initiatives in West Africa with a primary focus on organizations that use the skills and expertise of community based paralegals to promote access to justice and carry out advocacy on behalf of communities. The main objective of the mapping is to begin a regional conversation on legal empowerment and how various actors in West Africa can come together around common challenges and collective aspirations in making access to justice a reality for all.
The below survey will take approximately 10 minutes to fill. Thank you in advance for your participation!
Area of Focus
land & natural resources
community / customary land rights
sexual and gender-based violence
access to information
labor & employment
traditional / customary justice
housing & sanitation
Number of Years Providing Paralegal Services
Number of Active Paralegals Presently Working with Your Organization
Geographic Region Covered by Paralegal Services
Name of Organization Contact
What strategies do your paralegals employ?
legal education and awareness
legal aid and advice
accompaniment (e.g. to go to court, police station, govt offices)
Paralegal Training Methods
a) What does your paralegal training consist of?
theory only (i.e. what the law says)
fieldwork only (i.e. practice resolving certain types of cases)
both theory and fieldwork
b) How long does your paralegal training last (e.g how many days)?
c) What support or ongoing-training is provided
d) Does your organization provide certification to your paralegals?
a) Are your paralegals paid?
b) What is the minimum qualification for your paralegals?
not applicable (no minimum qualification)
c) Where do your paralegals work?
courts (including traditional)
Case Intake and Management Procedures
What initial information do paralegals collect from people seeking their assistance?
How are paralegals supported or supervised?
How are cases documented and tracked by the organization?
Does your organization make referrals to others for non-legal services (e.g. medical, financial support)? Please explain.
Impact and Sustainability
How do you measure the impact of your paralegal services?
How does your organization sustain its paralegal work?
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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