Phased out Projects

Access to Justice

  • Funded by

The Access to Justice Project commenced with the financial assistance extended from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a result of an agreement entered between the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, upon initiation by the Center for Human Rights, Addis Ababa University as an implementing agency.

  • Duration

The Access to Justice Project commenced with the financial assistance extended from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a result of an agreement entered between the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, upon initiation by the Center for Human Rights, Addis Ababa University as an implementing agency.

  • Project sites

The Access to Justice Project started operation in December 2012. The overall objective of the project is to make a difference, in the long term, to the lives of poor people by raising awareness of their legal rights and by providing them the means by which they can secure redress to rights and social justice. The targeted beneficiaries of the Project are poor and disadvantaged sections of the society living in Addis Ababa, Adama, Hawassa, Ambo, and surrounding areas of these urban centers.

  • Objective

The service rendered by the Project gives special priority to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups such as women, children, the elderly, people living with HIV/AIDS, and those with disabilities. To achieve this main objective, the Project has identified the following specific objectives:

  •  Ensuring that poor people have access to advise and information about their legal rights and the opportunity to seek redress;

  •  Establishing and strengthening the network of legal aid providers in Ethiopia to ensure that the best practices are shared and that the service is provided in an efficient and coordinated manner;

  •  Linking academic programs of the Center for Human Rights at Addis Ababa University and the practical knowledge gained through the Project; and,

  •  Enhancing awareness and practical implementation of human rights laws and standards through research, training, and sharing of good practices.

Major activates accomplished 

 

To achieve the objectives that are identified in the Project, different activities are incorporated into the project plan. The core activities of the Project are the following:

  • Legal literacy and public information of rights:

  • Legal aid service Provision

  • Research and publication

  • Training on Human Rights

  • Facilitating experience sharing and capacity building

Legal Literacy, Rights Advice and Information for Poor People

  • Funded by

The Project “Legal Literacy, Rights Advice, and Information for Poor People: a Pilot in Three Regions of Ethiopia” was initiated in October 2008 through a partnership agreement entered into between the Active Learning Center of the University of Glasgow in the UK and the then Organization for Social Justice Ethiopia. Since May 2010 the main partner for the implementation of the Project in Ethiopia was the Center for Human Rights Studies (Addis Ababa University) since the Organization for Social Justice in Ethiopia was not able to continue as a partner due to changes in status and mandate following the enactment of new Charities and Societies law in Ethiopia. Thus the Project moved to partner with the Center for Human Rights Studies in May 2010. Funding for the activities of the project was sourced from the Department for International Development (DFID).

  • Duration

The Legal Literacy, Rights Advice, and Information for Poor People Project has wound up in March 2012 and is replaced by the much wider Access to Justice Project that commenced in December 2013. The Project was overall evaluated as a success by independent evaluation research commissioned to assess the efficacy of the Project.

  • Project sites

The overall aim of the project was to make a difference in the lives of poor people by raising awareness of their legal rights and assisting them in seeking legal remedies to violations of their rights. The targeted beneficiaries of the Project were poor people living in Addis Ababa, Adama, and Hawassa including those who live in the surrounding areas. The Project particularly catered for women, children, the elderly, people living with HIV/AIDS, and those with disabilities.

  • Objective

The service rendered by the Project gives special priority to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups such as women, children, the elderly, people living with HIV/AIDS, and those with disabilities. To achieve this main objective, the Project has identified the following specific objectives:

  •  Ensuring that poor people have access to advise and information about their legal rights and the opportunity to seek redress;

  •  Establishing and strengthening the network of legal aid providers in Ethiopia to ensure that the best practices are shared and that the service is provided in an efficient and coordinated manner;

  •  Linking academic programs of the Center for Human Rights at Addis Ababa University and the practical knowledge gained through the Project; and,

  •  Enhancing awareness and practical implementation of human rights laws and standards through research, training, and sharing of good practices.

Major activates accomplished  

To achieve the objectives that are identified in the Project, different activities are incorporated into the project plan. The core activities of the Project are the following:

  • Legal literacy and public information of rights:

  • Legal aid service Provision

  • Research and publication

  • Training on Human Rights

  • Facilitating experience sharing and capacity building

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