Sudden Opportunity Grant
Call for Proposal
Increased Access to Resources and Employment
Lead organisationLegal Aid Service Providers Network Uganda
PartnersActionAid Uganda (AAU) and Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM)
Amount Funded170,000 EURO
Project Duration01 Aug 2018 - 31 May 2019
LASPNET was registered in 2004 as an NGO to provide a collaborative framework and strategic linkages for Legal Aid Service Providers (LAPS) in the country. The founders were heads of Legal Aid service providers who Included Foundation for Human rights Initiative, Legal Aid Clinic of Law Development Centre, FIDA Uganda. The Network that has membership of 52 organizations across 70 districts. Through its membership, LASPNET provides a collective voice, to engage the sector on access to justice issues aimed at improving service delivery in the justice system. The Network is established and governed by a General Assembly comprised of Legal Aid Service Providers from which the Board of Directors is elected every two years to provide oversight and policy implementation. The Executive Director who heads the Secretariat works closely with the Board of Directors in policy and institutional governance to facilitate the management of programmes and operations of the Network. LASPNETs strength lies in the diverse membership and numbers spread across regions; system structures and tools like IIMS as well as our networking and collaborative platforms.
LASPNET champions three critical aspects of coordination:
i). A collective role of bringing together different LASPs in solidarity for strategizing, sharing lessons and experiences, while minimizing duplication;
ii). A capacitating role of ensuring improved quality standards among LASPs but also linking international / regional developments on legal aid to national interventions;
iii). A supportive role of documenting, providing needed feedback, and amplifying voice on key issues regarding access to justice and legal aid at regional andnational levels.
The LASPNET programme framework mainly focuses on improving the quality, capacities, and standards of LASPs in Uganda as well as building the much-needed voice on pertinent issues and sustain institutional linkages with state actors so as to effectively complement government’s efforts in enhancing access to justice for the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable persons.
LASPNET is an equal employer which does not discriminate against any gender. Both males and females are given an equal opportunity during recruitment processes. For example, there are currently 12 female and 9 male staff. Under governance, the AGM amended the constitution to mainstream gender and ensure gender parity. There are currently 4 female and 6 male members on the board in addition to having a gender cluster which advocates for gender-based issues. More still, the organization supports youth as volunteers and interns through mentorship and coaching programmes as well as employing them when opportunities arise.
The CAMPAIGN FOR PRO-POOR, EFFECTIVE AND INCLUSIVE LAND REFORMS IN UGANDA is undertaken by a consortium of Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LASPNET), ActionAid Uganda (AAU) and Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Uganda taking into consideration their complementary technical competencies and experience in land rights work.
The Lead Applicant is Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LASPNET), a Non-Government Organization of 52 members established in 2004 and spread in 70 Districts across Uganda. The network was established to provide a collaborative framework and strategic linkages for Legal Aid Service Providers (LASPs) to harness, strengthen and sustain synergies to complement Government of Uganda’s efforts to enhance access to justice. The Network has a Strategic Plan 2015-2020 with a vision of a free and just society and mission statement to provide a platform for effective networking and partnership to enhance legal aid service delivery and access to justice for the most vulnerable and marginalized people.
The network has also been at the forefront with Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) in advocating for the National Legal Aid Policy (NLAP) and other pro-poor laws such as the Children’s Amendment Act; coordination of provision of legal aid and access to justice, promotion of human rights and rule of law. In addition, LASPNET alongside other CSO’s has worked to influence reforms in the land sector such as through convening policymakers to discuss land-related policy and legal framework.
The role of LASPNET as the lead Applicant is overall coordination of the campaign against the Constitutional Amendment of Article 26, accountability for the funding and in addition has the following technical responsibility: To generate evidence on policy, legal and institutional frameworks affecting land rights for marginalised communities by conducting research on the situation analysis utilising scholars and practitioners as well as review of reports and other related information on land governance, Launch of the research, Provide legal rapid response to the CSOs and activists.
ActionAid Uganda (AAU) is a Ugandan national development organisation, registered with the NGO Bureau, IT works in 45 districts with 12 field offices grouped under five clusters namely Gulu, Nebbi, Katakwi, Kapchorwa and Pallisa. Its current Strategy is focused on `Strengthening Struggles for Social Justice 2018 -2022′ which lays out a renewed commitment to strengthening civic engagement at all levels. This project will contribute to strategic objective three of our strategy on strengthening citizens’ actions to deepen democracy and hold the state, corporations and political leaders accountable.
The role of AAU broadly is to foster collective action of marginalised communities and their agencies towards influencing pro-poor land reforms at local and national level by taking lead on the strategic engagement with Members of Parliament (MPs) on land governance and reforms at national and local level and organizing national level dialogue on the land campaign issues.
Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Uganda is a Non-Government Organisation membership (NGOs) with over 57 members strong network of like-minded operating organisations in over 98 districts of Uganda, reaching approximately 3,000,000 smallholder farmers, 65% of whom are women. PELUM has been working in Uganda since 1995 to improve the livelihoods of small-scale farmers and the sustainability of rural communities through the fostering of ecological land use management. It works to promote agricultural systems that address food security, promote resilience to climate change, conserve agricultural biodiversity, enhance incomes of farmers, ensure environmental sustainability, and operate in an enabling policy environment. We also uniquely reach the regional, national and local levels with our interventions.
PELUM Uganda is a national network that works through empowering and strengthening the capacities of the member organisations who then work directly with the smallholder farmers. It focuses on collaborative and evidence-based advocacy to influence policy processes while working with other strategic partners land rights advocacy.
The role of PELUM in the campaign is taking hold of grassroots meetings with marginalised groups and social movements to raise awareness on land rights, conducting regional consultative meetings with the marginalised communities on key issues affecting enjoyment of their land rights as well as to inform MP engagement and taking lead on building capacity of selected personalities/journalists to agenda setting on issues on land.
Working in a consortium with Action Aid, PELUM, and LASPNET, the partners will scale up partnerships and collaborations with like-minded state and non-state stakeholders to strengthen linkages, efficiency and effective campaign against the constitutional amendment of Article 26. In their coordination role, the partners will utilize the bottom up approach advocacy to influence policy and practice change and also leverage membership to engage at grassroots level in order to enhance the campaign for pro-poor, effective and inclusive land reforms in Uganda to improve access to justice and protection of human rights for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized.