Institute for Human Rights and Development

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Institute for Human Rights and Development

Gambia
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
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Alpha Fall and Ashoka Fellow Julia Harrington are working to strengthen and enforce international law in the Gambia and across Africa by training human rights and development organizations to monitor abuses and implement regional human rights agreements.

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Alpha and Julia's organization, the African Institute for Human Rights and Development, teaches organizations from Gambia and other African countries to monitor and enforce human rights protocols established by international bodies such as the Organization of African Unity. In the past, only a few specialized lawyers had such skills; now Alpha and Julia are sharing their expertise so that human rights activists can take advantage of these legal agreements. Alpha and Julia's objective is to make legal procedures more transparent, apply them to specific cases, and minimize the obstacles which might otherwise be insurmountable for non-lawyers. They plan to train other individuals and organizations so that they will no longer require the Institute's expertise to prepare lawsuits on both a national and pan-African level.