On 19th-20th March 2017, Kituo Cha Sheria had the pleasure to join partners from Africa at an Africa Centre of Excellence founders meeting at the Bingu Wa Mutharika International Convention Centre (BICC) Lilongwe, Malawi.
Kituo was represented at the meeting by the Executive Director, Gertrude Angote.
The team of access to justice peers included Nomboniso Nangu, Langa Mtshali, Clifford Masiska, Vuyiswa Sidzumo and Brian Kagoro among others held conversations on the feasibility study and early inputs.
A team drawn from South Africa’s National Alliance for the Development of Community Advice Offices (NADCAO), the Paralegal Advisory Service Institute (PASI) from Malawi and Kituo cha Sheria from Kenya is working on a feasibility study with other partners meant to examine the feasibility of establishing an African Centre of Excellence for Community Based Paralegals.
Key partners include the Dullah Omar Institute at the University of Western Cape, who are authors of the Feasibility Study and the Southern Africa Trust.
The discussions centered on getting a sense of the scale and scope of activities of the Centre including infrastructure considerations and generally developing a guiding tool for investment in the Africa Centre of Excellence. The results of the Feasibility Study are tentatively set to be launched during a Continental Conference in Kigali, Rwanda on the 22nd-24th August 2017.