Tanzania Network of Legal Aid Providers (TANLAP)

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Tanzania Network of Legal Aid Providers (TANLAP) is an umbrella national network working in legal sector. It is a membership network comprising Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community –Based Organisations (CBOs), Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) and other institutions providing legal aid in Tanzania. Founded in 2006, TANLAP’s core aim is to work and link up with other Civil Society Organisations provide quality legal aid and advocate for access to justice among the poor and marginalised sections of society in Tanzania. TANLAP is registered as a company without shares limited by guarantee (Reg. no. 68892) and complies with the NGO Act no 24 of 2002 and is granted a certificate of compliance (No. 1300). TANLAP membership is open to any organization/institution providing legal aid services in Tanzania and to any Network Organization whose members provide legal aid services in Tanzania. TANLAP members operate in all regions of Tanzania Mainland.

TANLAP’s conception dates back from December 2006, where at Peacock Hotel in Dar es Salaam, more than 12 Legal Aid Providing Organizations meeting for a workshop on Improving the Rule of Law and Access to Justice in Tanzania, (organized by Women in Law and Development in Africa, [WiLDAF] and funded by the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) through USAID Tanzania), unanimously decided to unite their efforts on providing legal aid by forming a Nation-wide Network of Legal Aid Service Providers

TANLAP was established following realization of the need to have an active and independent network of legal aid providers to build the capacity of legal aid providers, to harmonize legal aid services and ethical conducts of legal aid providers and to have a collective forum for participation in policies and law reforms.

The founding legal aid providers comprised the following: The Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT); the Disabled Organization for Legal Affairs and Social Economic Development (DOLASED); Lawyers Environmental Action Tanzania (LEAT); Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC); Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA); Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF); Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC); and the National Organization for Legal Assistance (nola).

The main objectives of TANLAP are as follows:

  • To strengthen the capacity building on legal literacy among legal aid providers.
  •  To extend and improve legal aid provision in the country.
  •  To initiate, promote, support as may be deemed expedient, any proposed legislation or other measure affecting the interests of its members.
  •   To build mutual understanding and coordination amongst legal aid providers and legal aid clients in the country.


     TANLAP envisions a society with access to justice

 TANLAP is an umbrella organization established to enhance the best practice and capacity of its members for quality legal aid services.

Post date: Thu, 09/22/2022 - 10:53
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On 15th and 16th September, 2022, Mwanamke Imara project Implementers conducted annual project review meeting to discuss the successes, challenges and lessons learnt through the implementation of year two of Mwanamke Imara project so as to inform the planning of the implementation for year three. Project Implementers managed to develop implementation plan for year three of Mwanamke Imara project that is implemented in Mbeya, Njombe and Kilimanjaro under the generous support of the American People (USAID). The event was held at Usungilo hotel in Mbeya.

Post date: Thu, 09/22/2022 - 10:47
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On 14th September 2022, Mwanamke Imara project organized Annual Stakeholders Review Meeting to discuss the implementation of year two of Mwanamke Imara project and comments on the successes, challenges and lessons learnt that would inform the planing of activities implementation in year three. Stakeholders from project areas include Community Development Officers, Paralegals, Role Models, Male Champions, representatives of Women and Youth Economic Groups, Solicitors, Media representatives and Religions Leaders.

Post date: Thu, 09/22/2022 - 10:28
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TANLAP under Mwanamke Imara Project organised a consultative session with Members of the Parliament to discuss on the need to have a specific Anti-Gender-Based Violence Act. The meeting was held under the leadership of Hon. Shally Raymond (MP) who is the Chairperson of Tanzania Women Parliamentary Group (TWPG). The discussion revealed that due to fragmented laws that addressing GBV, it is the right time for Tanzania to enact Anti- GBV Act to address the increasing GBV incidences in the country picking the experience from the Anti GBV Act of SADC.

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