Haki is an online journal reporting on developments in the field of legal empowerment around the world.
Legal aid for the poorest and most vulnerable people in society is under constant threat around the world, even in the most developed countries. However in many developing countries the lack of basic legal aid contributes to injustice on an almost unimaginable scale.
Legal empowerment projects involve a grassroots approach - mobilising communities by training up and deploying teams of grassroots legal advocates (otherwise known as 'community paralegals' or 'barefoot lawyers') to plug the legal aid gap in their area.
These projects target a wide range of primary justice problems - from criminal justice, community land protection and environmental justice to health rights, citizenship and women's empowerment as well as other issues. They are often initiated by small civil society organisations with limited resources. Their work is desperately needed.
Haki is reporting on the fast changing developments in this field. Our aim is to encourage readers to get involved, spread the word and support projects working on the justice frontline.
5.12.2016 - Malawi Bail Project visit. Rupert Bedford has just returned from Malawi where he visited the Malawi Bail Project, which is providing vital legal aid services to suspects and prisoners in the south of the country. Learn more here about his visit and the work of this project.
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Good article in the Economist 'Poor Law - the rise of paralegals' - read it here
Interested in an overseas 'justice' internship?
Here are some organisations who may be recruiting..
Haki is a member of the Global Legal Empowerment Network. In this short video Vivek Maru of Namati gives an insight into the work of grassroots legal advocates around the world;