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  • Organisation

    The Community Legal Services Initiative as part of Justice and Empowerment Initiative empowers poor and marginalised individuals to lead the changes that they would like to see in their own communities — whether greater access to justice for the poor, pro-poor urban governance and policy, or community-led in-situ upgrading and development. They bring technical expertise in law, advocacy, urban planning, creative media, and community organising to inform, strengthen and support the Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation-led efforts to solve justice and development problems.

    • Organisation

      The Community Legal Services Initiative as part of Justice and Empowerment Initiative empowers poor and marginalised individuals to lead the changes that they would like to see in their own communities — whether greater access to justice for the poor, pro-poor urban governance and policy, or community-led in-situ upgrading and development. They bring technical expertise in law, advocacy, urban planning, creative media, and community organising to inform, strengthen and support the Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation-led efforts to solve justice and development problems.

    • Project

      The project  From Rights to Realities: training network of urban poor PWD paralegals aims to train Physically Challenged Empowerment Initiative (PCEI) members as community paralegals to serve their network across Lagos,  to support the PCEI community paralegals as they provide grassroots legal aid and bring the voices of urban poor persons with disabilities (PWDs) into decision-making; as well as to facilitate exchanges to help PCEI expand to other Nigerian cities.

      Under this project there is a training and support of a network of community-based paralegals in urban poor communities in Nigerian cities; support movement-building and inter-community solidarity among urban poor and other marginalised communities through exchanges and collective forums. Together with the Nigerian Federation they undertake strategic advocacy and litigation to backstop the work of the community paralegals and open spaces for the urban poor to lead the changes they want to see in their cities.

      The overall goal of this project is to equip a network of ethnic minority, urban poor PLWDs in Lagos with local legal aid and community-based support through a grassroots network that will address systemic discrimination and mass rights violations, facilitate access to basic services, advocate for vocational training, and help to bring the voices of PLWDs into urban planning and governance.

  • Project

    The project  From Rights to Realities: training network of urban poor PWD paralegals aims to train Physically Challenged Empowerment Initiative (PCEI) members as community paralegals to serve their network across Lagos,  to support the PCEI community paralegals as they provide grassroots legal aid and bring the voices of urban poor persons with disabilities (PWDs) into decision-making; as well as to facilitate exchanges to help PCEI expand to other Nigerian cities.

    Under this project there is a training and support of a network of community-based paralegals in urban poor communities in Nigerian cities; support movement-building and inter-community solidarity among urban poor and other marginalised communities through exchanges and collective forums. Together with the Nigerian Federation they undertake strategic advocacy and litigation to backstop the work of the community paralegals and open spaces for the urban poor to lead the changes they want to see in their cities.

    The overall goal of this project is to equip a network of ethnic minority, urban poor PLWDs in Lagos with local legal aid and community-based support through a grassroots network that will address systemic discrimination and mass rights violations, facilitate access to basic services, advocate for vocational training, and help to bring the voices of PLWDs into urban planning and governance.

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