WHO WE ARE

African Law Foundation (AFRILAW) is a non-profit and non-governmental law, justice and development organization with the corporate headquarter at Enugu, Enugu State of Nigeria. AFRILAW was founded in July, 2012 after the African Regional Conference on Community-Based Paralegal Programme held in Kampala, Uganda and organized by the Global Rights Uganda and Namati: Innovations for Legal Empowerment, USA in 2012 which was attended by the AFRILAW Founder/Director. AFRILAW is registered with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as a non-profit Company Limited by Guarantee with Registration Number RC 1150775.

OUR APPROACH

OUR MISSION

Advancing the rule of law, human rights and justice for peaceful, inclusive and sustainable growth and development of African society and a better life for all.

OUR VISION

We envision is a just, developed and prosperous Africa and a better world for all.

OUR STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

In line with our vision and mission, our work and services are:

  • Advocating for the respect of rule of law, human rights and access to justice for all;
  • Advocating for inclusive and sustainable social and economic development and growth;
  • Advocating for peace, public safety and security, and improving accountability and democratic governance;
  • Advocating for environmental sustainability and promote climatic justice; and
  • Building partnership and collaboration for inclusive and sustainable development of African society.

OUR STRATEGIES & CORE INTERVENTIONS

How we do our work include:

  • Policy Advocacy and Capacity Building
  • Legal Aid and Paralegal Services
  • Campaigns and Awareness-raising
  • Stakeholders Engagement and Community Development
  • Research and Documentation
  • Social Innovations and Communications
  • Consulting and Technical Services
  • Partnership Building and Network Coordination

OUR CORE VALUES

  • Professionalism and Excellence: We aspire to be a learning organization, and strive to be the best and give the best.
  • Justice and Peace: We promote rule of law, advocate for peaceful co-existence of all people, respect of human rights and access of justice for all.
  • Gender Equality and Non- Discrimination: We recognize and respect the diversity inherent in individuals and organizations and strive to promote the ideals of equality and non-discrimination.
  • Empowerment and Education: We strive to build, educate and train ourselves, people and communities we serve; communicating and creating awareness for social change.
  • Good Governance and Accountability: We promote principles of good governance, uphold honesty and transparency in all we do for people and organizations at all times, and take responsibility towards proper use of resource entrusted to us by our partners, donors and communities we serve.
  • Participation and Solidarity: We encourage full participation of all stakeholders in all we do particularly the poor, vulnerable, excluded and disadvantaged; support and stand in solidarity in promoting their well-being and welfare.
  • Innovation and Creativity: We value and will exploit ideas and ingenuity that create change, transform lives and build a better society.

OUR THEMATIC AREAS OF WORK & SERVICES

Our Thematic Areas of Work and Services:

  • Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment of the Poor
  • Peace-Building and Conflict Resolution
  • Constitutional and Justice Sector Reform
  • Minority and Disability Rights
  • International Criminal Justice and Humanitarian Law
  • Public Health and Human Rights
  • Business and Human Rights/Corporate Accountability
  • Economic and Social Rights (ECOSOR)
  • Civic Rights, Democratic Governance and Accountability
  • Drugs Policy Reform and Transnational Organized Crimes
  • Anti-Corruption and Transparency
  • Public Safety and Human Security
  • Refugees, Migration. Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development/SDGs
  • Fair Trade and Sustainable Investment
  • Natural Resources Management and Secured Land Rights
  • Environmental Sustainability and Climate Justice
  • Gender Justice, Women and Children’s Rights Protection

Our Programmes and Services: AFRILAW current programmes and activities include:

1. CRIMINAL JUSTICE SECTOR REFORM ADVOCACY:

a. Monitoring the Criminal Justice Administration Reform Process in Nigeria:
AFRILAW is a member of the Civil Society Observatory on Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria under the Monitoring the Criminal Justice Administration Reform Process in Nigeria Project been implemented by with CLEEN Foundation in collaboration with Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee (ACJMC) with funding support from MacArthur Foundation (2017-till date). The project is aimed at strengthening the implementation of the new Administration of Criminal Justice Act in Nigeria through the systematic monitoring of key agencies and advocacy to ensure the agencies fulfill their new roles under the Act. AFRILAW is a member of the Technical and Monitoring Sub-Committee of the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee (ACJMC) of the Federal Ministry of Justice.

b. Promoting Transparency and Accountability in the Criminal Justice Sector:
AFRILAW is the Enugu State partner under the Promoting Transparency and Accountability in the Criminal Justice Sector Project been implemented by CLEEN Foundation with funding support from MacArthur Foundation (2018- till date). The project aims to digitize court proceedings, to track completed cases, court trials/proceedings and injunctions in relations to corruption, accountability and transparency in the administration of criminal justice system in Nigeria.

2. SECURITY SECTOR GOVERNANCE ADVOCACY:

a. Nigeria Police Reform: AFRILAW is a member of Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP) CSOs/NHRC Coordinating Committee in Enugu State (2018-till date). The Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP) project is been implemented by Coffey International and is funded by the British High Commission through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. The programme aims to improve the Nigerian Police Force’s contribution to the delivery of safety and security for Nigerians in target states; strengthen internal and external accountability mechanisms; and improve the coherence of security provision among and between formal and informal security actors.

b. Nigeria Private Security Reform: AFRILAW in collaboration with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Private Security Governance Observatory in partnership and financial support from Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Switzerland is implementing the Baseline Assessment of Private Security Governance in Nigeria (Nigeria Private Security Assessment) Project (2018-till date). The pilot project aim is to conduct a study on the situation of private security governance and operations, to identify areas of challenges and to develop and promote an advocacy strategy for private security reform in Nigeria. AFRILAW ‘s ED is a Steering Committee member of the Private Security Governance Observatory, and AFRILAW is a registered official CSO partner of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). Also, AFRILAW is a CSO Pillar member of the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA).

3. DRUG LAW AND POLICY REFORM ADVOCACY:

a. Support. Don’t Punish Campaign: Since 2015 till date, AFRILAW has been promoting the Support. Don’t Punish Campaign in Nigeria in partnership of West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN) and International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) with financial support from the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)/Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and IDPC. AFRILAW is a member and the national secretariat of the West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN) Nigeria Chapter, and AFRILAW’s ED is a member of the Global Drug Policy Alumni Network of the Open Society Foundation, and the national Legal Adviser of Community Intervention Network for Drugs (CIND) and the Focal
Point/National Coordinator of the West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN) Nigeria Chapter. AFRILAW is a member of International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC).

4. HUMAN RIGHTS AND GENDER JUSTICE:

a. Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Key Populations: AFRILAW’s ED is the South-East Regional Coordinator of Coalition of Lawyers for Human Rights (COLAHR), and is coordinating the implementation of the Law, Human Rights and Effective Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Movement in Nigeria Project of the Lawyers Alert in collaboration with Coalition of Lawyers for Human Rights (COLAHR) with financial support from Amplify Change, UK in the South-East region of Nigeria (2018-2019). The aim of the project is to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and key populations in selected states of Nigeria.

b. Facilitating Enabling Growth and Access for Women and Girls in Enugu (ENGAGE): AFRILAW’s ED was the State Independent Consultant that facilitated the Enabling Growth and Access for Women and Girls in Enugu (ENGAGE) project of the DFID/UkAid Voices for Change Programme in collaboration with Enugu State Ministry of Gender Affairs (2016-2017).

c. Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Justice: AFRILAW’s ED is founder and the national coordinator of the Men United for Gender Justice Initiative (MenUnited) since 2015, and MenUnited with support by DFID/UkAid Voices for Change Programme engaged men and boys to promote gender justice in Enugu State (2015-2017). AFRILAW is the national secretariat of MenUnited.

5. CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY/BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS:

a. Remedy is the Reason Campaign: AFRILAW is a member of the OECD Watch Network and is participating in promoting the Remedy is the Reason campaign in partnership with the OECD Watch Network and SOMO, The Netherland (2016-till date). The aim of the campaign is to promote effective implementation of the OECD Guidelines and ensure that they remain a relevant instrument for promoting responsible business conduct and avoiding and remedying adverse impacts.

b. Equator Banks, Act!’ Campaign: AFRILAW is a Core Group member of the Equator Principles Association (EPA) Campaign and is working in partnership with BankTrack, the Netherland to promote the Equator Banks, Act! Campaign (2017-till dat). AFRILAW is engaging 3 Nigeria banks (ECObank, Fidelity Bank and Access Bank) members of the EPA under the campaign.

c. Access to Corporate Justice and Grievance Mechanisms: AFRILAW is a member of the International Advocates Working Group (IAWG) and is working together in promoting access to corporate justice and grievance/accountability mechanisms for poor and vulnerable communities in partnership with Accountability Counsel, USA(2016-till date).

d. Human Rights in Development Financing: AFRILAW is a member of Coalition for Human Rights in Development, USA and is working together in promoting corporate accountability and respect of human rights by international financial institutions (World Bank/AfDB/NDB/IMF etc) (2016-till date).

e. Human Rights Defenders in Development: AFRILAW is a member of Global Human Rights Defenders in Development Campaign Advisory Committee and is working together with Coalition for Human Rights in Development, USA and CEE Bankwatch, Hungary in promoting protection of human rights defenders working in corporate accountability within the international financial institutions (2018 till date).

6. WATER LAW AND POLICY REFORM ADVOCACY:

a. Research and Evaluation of Nexuses of the Exploitation of Water in Nigeria: AFRILAW in partnership and support from Center for Water Security and Cooperation (CWSC), USA and International Association for Water Law (AIDA) is implementing the Research and Evaluation of Nexuses of the Exploitation of Water in African Law (RENEWAL) Project of the World Bank’s Global Network on Law, Justice and Development (GLJD) in Nigeria (2018-2019). The objectives of the project include to create the first-pan African water law platform, including a comprehensive collection and cataloguing of all existing water laws; summaries of each law and detailed analyses of how the collected laws relate and interact to make up the governing water law framework; and evaluations of existing frameworks. AFRILAW is a partner member of the Global Network on Law, Justice and Development of the World Bank.

7. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL (SDG) 16 ADVOCACY:

a. SDG Goal 16 Campaign: AFRILAW was a member of the Justice 2015 Campaign for inclusion of Justice in Post 2015 Development Agenda work together in partnership with Global Legal Empowerment Network/Namati: Innovation for Legal Empowerment, USA, and support of Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to successfully promote inclusion of justice in the Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030. AFRILAW is promoting SDG Goal 16 and other related goals and target through the Nigeria SDG 16 Campaign in partnership with TAP Network, Together 2030 and Global Legal Empowerment Network/Namati (2016-till date). AFRILAW is a member of Global Legal Empowerment Network, TAP Network and Together 2030.

8. DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE:
Nigeria Civic Rights Campaign: AFRILAW initiated the Nigeria Civic Rights Campaign, and is working in partnership with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and International Civil Society Centre (ICSC), Germany in promoting civic rights and citizen participation in democratic governance in Nigeria through the Civic Charter of ICSC.

AFRILAW Founder/Director facilitating IDPC/AFRILAW/Support Don’t Punish Campaign Sensitization Workshop at Enugu, Nigeria, 2015.

AFRILAW Founder/Director facilitating IDPC/AFRILAW/Support Don’t Punish Campaign Sensitization Workshop at Enugu, Nigeria, 2015.

AFRILAW Founder/Director making a presentation at the OSIWA/UNMC/OSSAP/MDGs National Conference on Sustainable Development Goals at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, 2015

AFRILAW Founder/Director making a presentation at the OSIWA/UNMC/OSSAP/MDGs National Conference on Sustainable
Development Goals at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, 2015

Our Geographical Coverage: We implement programmes and services in rural communities, states and regions in Nigeria and across Africa including international engagements with our international partners.

AFRILAW Founder/Director facilitating a Fadama Community Association Forum during the World-Bank/Enugu State National
Fadama III Development Project at Ugwueme Community, Awgu LGA, EnuguStates

AFRILAW participating as a member of CSOs Observatory on Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria of CLEEN Foundation
in a group pix with CP-Legal Service representing the IGP of Nigeria Police Force in Abuja (2017).

AFRILAW ED among members of CSOs Observatory on Criminal Justice Administration in Nigeria @ Abuja
10/08/2017

WHO WE WORK WITH

We work with multi-stakeholders particularly the poor, vulnerable, excluded and disadvantaged, states and governments, donors/funders, corporate organizations, civil society organizations, professional groups, international and non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations and community- based organizations to implement our programmes and activities.

Our Supporters and Partners:

  • CLEEN Foundation, Nigeria
  • International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), UK
  • Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), Switzerland
  • Private Security Governance Observatory
  • International Civil Society Centre (ICSC), Germany
  • Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Abuja, Nigeria
  • West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), Ghana
  • Coalition for Human Rights in Development, USA
  • West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN), Ghana
  • Namati: Innovation for Legal Empowerment, USA
  • DFID/UkAid Voices for Change Programme, Nigeria
  • Center for Water Security and Cooperation (CWSC)
  • International Association for Water Law (AIDA), USA
  • Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD)/World Bank
  • OECD Watch Network, The Netherland
  • BankTrack, The Netherland
  • African Coalition on Corporate Accountability (ACCA), South Africa
  • Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP)/Coffey International, Nigeria
  • International Land Coalition (ILC), Rome
  • International Accountability Project (IAP), USA

Our Coalitions, Networks and Allies:

  • International Private Security Association (ICoCA)
  • International Land Coalition (ILC)
  • HIV Justice Worldwide
  • Network on Business, Conflict and Human Rights (BCHR Network)
  • Stop TB Partnership
  • Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development
  • Human Rights Defenders in Development Campaign
  • West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN) Nigeria
  • Global Drug Policy Alumni Network
  • United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • Community Intervention Network for Drugs (CIND), Nigeria
  • Network of Men Leaders to End Violence against Women, Nigeria (a Nigerian chapter of the UN
    Secretary-General's Network of Men Leaders to End Violence against Women
  • Open Government Partnership(OGP)
  • CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE)
  • OECD Watch Network/SOMO, the Netherlands
  • International Senior Lawyers Project(ISLP)/Lawyers for Resource Justice
  • National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Nigeria
  • Affirmative Action Initiative for Women (NCAA)
  • Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC) Nigeria
  • African Coalition on Corporate Accountability (ACCA)
  • LITE-Africa
  • Men United for Gender Justice Initiative
  • Child Protection Network (CPN), Nigeria
  • Accountability Counsel, USA
  • MenEngaged Global Alliance
  • Humanitarian Law and Policy Forum, Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR)
    International, Harvard University, USA
  • FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, USA
  • International Association of Legal Ethics
  • Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE)
  • Global Legal Empowerment Network (GLEN)
  • Global Rights, Nigeria
  • Nigeria Coalition for the International Criminal Court (NCICC)
  • CIVICUS Global Alliance
  • World Federation for Democracy
  • Legal Aid Council of Nigeria
  • Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)
  • Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission(ICPC)
  • Nigeria Bar Association (NBA)

AFRILAW Founder/Director as a Panelist at the CSOs/Media Consultative Meeting on the MDGs Framework and Nigeria’s Post 2015 Development Agenda organised Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) Abuja,2014.

Cross section of the participants at the AFRILAW-Men United for Gender Justice Initiative/DFID/UkAidV4C Programme Men
for Change (M4C) Workshop held at SunShine Hotel Enugu, 2015

Group picture of the AFRILAW’s 2nd Enugu Forum on Drugs held at Enugu in 2016

AFRILAW Director facilitating the DFID/UKAid V4C Programme ENGAGE Project workshop as the ENGAGE Project
Consultant

AFRILAW Director at the Center for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa for Advanced
Course Programme on Business and Human Rights, 2016

CONTACTS US: For further inquiries, programme partnership and sponsorships:

Corporate Head Office:
No. 55 Annang Street, By Nkpokiti Junction,
New Layout, Enugu, 400001,
Enugu State, Nigeria
P. O. Box: 10078, New Haven, Enugu, Nigeria

Mobile: +234-070307-69078.
Email: afrilawfoundation@gmail.com
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Twitter: @AfriLaw.
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Our Funders & Partners

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