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: Wed, 12/16/2020 - 13:31
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Early today 16th December, 2020 at Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Conference Center (JNICC) the Principal Judge of the High Court Hon. Dr. Eliezer Feleshi who also is the Chairperson of the Committee officially launched a National Bench- Bar Case Management Committee referred to as the National Committee which is established under the Chief Justice’s Circular No. 5 of 2018.

Post date: Fri, 12/11/2020 - 09:20
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As part to promote and protect a cohesive state and non- state actors collaboration to ensure the realization of access to Justice and rule of law in Tanzania, TANLAP in collaboration with member organization- TAWLA organized a capacity building session with Judicial Representatives in Mwanza to discuss the situation of human rights, rule of law and access to justice in order to identity opportunities for advocacy and collaboration amongst state and Non state actors leading to a society that respect fundamental principles of human rights, rule of law and good governance.

Post date: Wed, 12/09/2020 - 09:38
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Earlier today on 7th December 2020, TANLAP in collaboration with WILDAF, TAWLA and KWIECO had the opportunity to launch MWANAMKE IMARA Project that is funded by USAID. The project will be implemented in Mbeya ( Rungwe and Mbalali Districts), Njombe ( Ludewa and Makete Districts) and Kilimanjaro ( Rombo and Moshi Districts). The project goal is to ensure women and young persons have access to justice, protect against gender based violence, able to participated in leadership and decision making structures and economically empowered, and have access to resources and information.

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