Legal services in rural Africa : report of a seminar held at Limuru,near Nairobi

The seminar was held from 1 to 4 October 1984, and organized by the African Bar Association, the All-Africa Conference of Churches and the ICJ.

The report contains an introduction, a list of participants, conclusions and recommendations (introduction, the content and method of educational services, organization, para-legal field workers, training of paralegals, evaluation, the African Charter) and extracts from speeches made at the seminar.

From the Conclusions and recommendations:

“1. Many if not most people living in rural areas

  • are unaware of their legal rights, lack formal education,
  • are liable to exploitation, have no access to legal services, and
  • are too poor to pay for them.

Hence, there is an urgent need to provide legal services of all kinds as a contribution to self-reliant rural
2. The participants were concerned to find ways of making these services available. It was agreed that lawyers
engaged on this task should work together with members of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working
for community development who have the confidence of the rural people. These include but are not limited to church groups, women’s and youth organizations, health workers, adult education and other extension workers.”

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