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  1. Introduction
    The Legal Services Facility (LSF) is an organization created in 2011 and was registered as a company limited by guarantee without share capital in October 2013. It is a basket fund created to channel funding on equal opportunity basis to organizations which are providing legal aid and paralegal services in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.  These services assist individuals to claim their rights, redress grievances and protect their fundamental human rights. The LSF aims to promote and protect human rights for all, particularly for poor women, children, men and the vulnerable, including people living with HIV/AIDS. It works closely with the government at all levels, development partners, organizations involved in the provision of legal aid, including paralegal services, and other stakeholders.
    LSF uses human rights and legal empowerment approach to increase access to justice in the country through paralegals works, engagement with LAPs and Government. Since the inception of the program, LSF has contributed immensely to the increase of legal aid services throughout the country by reaching a big number of people who need legal aid services. LSF has strengthened the capacity of its partners so that they become more effective in providing good quality services to the Tanzanians hence becoming driver of development. Through these initiatives, paralegals have become a key driving force of change of the community.
  2. What needs to be addressed?
    This call invites concept notes for the following themes
  • Legal Empowerment of the poor urban communities in Zanzibar

Under this theme, Civil society organizations both from Unguja and Pemba, working on the provision of legal aid, human rights, education, environment and women rights are invited to submit their concept notes applying for grants to implement Urban legal empowerment programmes in their areas of vicinity.

Urban legal empowerment programme approach was designed in line with the understanding that there is solid and complex connection between rapid growth of urbanization and inequality, socio-economical injustices and increased need for access to justice in the community in particular for women.


The urban poor are usually unable to access entitlements and exercise their basic legal rights such as accessing courts and social services, rampant unemployment and exercising their property rights. This can be attributed to lack of proper education. As a result, the urban poor are excluded from the legal discourse, denying them the opportunity to improve their lives and thereby hampering the country’s development.

  • Access to Justice for remand prisoners and Police Suspects in Zanzibar

The LSF is also inviting concept notes from Zanzibar for partners who will be able to contribute to timely access to justice for remand prisoners and suspects at the police stations and help decongest remand prisoners.  The delays of justice to suspects and suspects has been one of the contributing factors for congestions in remand prisons and at police stations.   Alongside the general risk, high rates of pre-trial detention contribute to exacerbating poor prison conditions and heightening the risk of torture and ill-treatment.  The excessive and irrational use of pre-trial detention wastes public resources, undermines the rule of law, disrupts families and communities, and endangers public health.

Through this call for concept notes, LSF believe that, legal aid services to the pre-trial detainees is an essential element of a fair, humane and efficient criminal justice system that is based on the rule of law.  It is a foundation for the enjoyment of other rights, including the right to a fair trial, as a precondition to exercising such rights and an important safeguard that ensures fundamental fairness and public trust in the criminal justice process.

Many urban poor and marginalized groups’ lives and livelihood are guided by informal systems of economy, employment, housing and (frequently) violent social contract that do not allow them to utilize existing legal frameworks to protect their properties, access basic services and social protection to which they are entitled.

It is thus considered that, effective legal empowerment programmes will enhance the community to promote equality, social-economic justice and reduce poverty which results from lacking legal protection. Legal empowerment aims at building the legal capacity of the community so that they are able to effects accountability but also become legally responsible to take their role in fighting injustices that occurs in the community. Through legal empowerment programmes the community becomes more aware of the laws but also the guardian of their rights and other members of the community like women and children

3.     Applicants’ Eligibility

This call for concept notes is open only to Zanzibar-based non-governmental organisations and or organizations with their strong-base in Zanzibar, which are not for profit and which have been and are involved in promotion and protection of human rights and women rights, provision of legal aid, (public) legal education, including paralegal services and community mobilisation, engaged in other social and economic empowerments interventions.

The organization should have a good track record in working with Local Government Authorities, other formal and informal leaders and have functional linkages with other CSOs and stakeholders beyond legal aid providers. In addition, all applicants for this call for concept note must demonstrate that they;

  • Are legally established and are compliant to the rules and regulations through which they have registered specifically in Zanzibar
  • Have a solid, transparent and functional governance structure that can be demonstrated during a due diligence process
  • Have well established (financial, M&E) management systems, documentation and demonstrable result-based report writing skills.
  • Have worked as legal aid provider or in any human right filed for at least 3 years or for the same period with social and economic empowerment of women and adolescent girls, whole for both categories’ extensive knowledge of legal empowerment approaches is considered essential and or Organization with strong track record in working with Criminal justice sector and Advocacy related work
  • Have experience with productive relations with local government authorities, other formal and informal leaders, other CSOs, the criminal justice sector and beyond legal aid providers.
  • Have experience with community mobilisation towards access to justice with the relevant Socio-economic and cultural sensitivity.
  1. What will not be considered

No matter how good the concept note will be, the following will not be considered for funding under this call;

Credit or loan schemes, Debts and provisions for losses or debts, Purchases of land and buildings, Scholarships, sponsorships and school fees, Cash donations, Political and religious activities and Organisations with LSF grant.

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