AFRICA: Child-Friendly Legal Aid in Africa

Summary: The document entitled “Child-Friendly Legal Aid in Africa” is the result of a joint collaboration between UNICEF, UNDP and UNODC following the joint UNDP-UNICEF Practitioners’ Meeting on Legal Aid Programming in Africa, held in Dakar, Senegal in June 2010.

This document explores the legal, policy, and practical issues involved in creating and maintaining “child-friendly” legal aid programs in Africa. After discussing the key components of child-friendly legal aid, the paper turns to an examination of the core competencies of individual services providers. In addition, it explores the concept of child-friendly legal aid in the context of the formal justice system and makes preliminary observations about the provision of child-friendly legal aid in traditional justice systems. The paper concludes with a summary of information on national standards and child-friendly legal aid initiatives that was solicited from and provided by many UNICEF country offices across Africa. Available in English and in French, PDF, 44 pages.




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