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, 06/23/2022 - 11:34
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On 20-21 June, 2022, The Executive Director , Ms. Christina Ruhinda attended the Commonwealth Women’s Forum in Kigali Rwanda as a delegate. The forum discussed solutions that ensure member countries have robust policies to meet gender equality targets by 2030. Ms. Ruhinda got an opportunity to converse with The Common Wealth Secretary- General,The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC and Hon Ms. Abeida R. Abdallah, The Deputy Principle Secretary for the Ministry of Health, Social Welfare, Elderly, Gender and Children Zanzibar.

Post date: Wed, 06/22/2022 - 13:04
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On 21 June 2022, TANLAP conducted a virtual meeting on Global Initiative to Amplify the call for a treaty to end violence against women and girls. The meeting was participated by Members of TANLAP, stakeholders and other activists working to ending GBV. TANLAP Board Chairperson Dr. Helen Kijo Bisimba officiated the meeting and gave an opening remarks. Ms. Anan Manzan Anodjo from Vital voices spoke on behalf of the guest of honor.

Post date: Tue, 06/21/2022 - 11:59
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On 15th June, TANLAP paid courtesy call to Rombo District Executive Director and discuss the progress of Mwanamke Imara project in Rombo. Also, TANLAP had the opportunity to conduct a working and learning session with Paralegals in Rombo DC as part of improving access to justice for women and girls through legal aid provision under Mwanamke Imara project. Similarly, TANLAP in collaboration with District Rombo Government via Community Development office had also the opportunity to distribute 25 bicycles to facilitate the provision of legal aid services to clients in Rombo.

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