The Global Legal Empowerment Network is offering practitioners an opportunity to meet and learn from each other in person. Participants in this program will take part in an extended exchange trip, with travel and accommodation expenses covered by Namati, during which they will learn from leading organizations in the field about addressing common challenges and improving legal empowerment methods. Through practical, hands-on learning, we will strengthen our community of practice and our movement as a whole.
Participants of this learning exchange will be split into three teams who will spend time in the field with Namati’s three implementing partners who will assign them with paralegals. They will accompany paralegals as they visit communities and handle cases relating to birth certificates, ID Cards, passports, and death certificates; meet with civil society leaders working on citizenship rights; discuss tactics for high-level advocacy, including using grassroots data to call for change in policy and practice; and collectively workshop common challenges and develop concrete work plans for taking forward lessons learned.
Organizations may nominate multiple candidates but must provide the nominee information and background for each separately. Nominees may include Executive Directors, Program Directors and Managers, or Monitoring and Evaluation Officers.
Hosts and visitors will be selected and matched based on the information provided during the application process. By matching participants according to complementary strengths and weaknesses, the program aims to maximize learning and ensure mutually beneficial exchanges.
Matching of host and participant organizations will be based on any of the following:
- Thematic areas (ie. land rights, prisoner’s rights, environmental justice, etc.);
- Methods used (advocacy, legal training, mediation, etc.);
- Common challenges faced or related target audiences;
- Other similar aspects of legal empowerment work where a useful exchange will benefit the organization and resolve challenges.
The exchange program includes travel costs, lodging and visa fees, but the participants will be expected to contribute some of their own food expenses. A typical exchange will last 1-3 weeks and there will be flexibility based on the participating organizations and the specific context of the exchange. This learning exchange is set to take place in October 2018.
The application can be submitted through our website or by using an offline application that is submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applying is June 3, 2018.
The program is open to all types of grassroots legal empowerment practitioners and organizations. The application process is competitive with selections made from a shortlist of applicants.
Below are some tips for completing the application:
- While applicants must demonstrate their organization’s commitment and effectiveness, the ideal applicant should also recognize room for growth in both the organization and in themselves as an individual.
- A strong applicant will show an ability to clearly assess the organization’s strengths and areas for improvement.
- A well-written application will include thoughtful essay answers about how both the individual and organization will benefit from participating in this exchange.
Application Deadline: June 3rd 2018
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