Human Rights Friendly Community Program

To address systemic legal problems communities should rely on their own knowledge: identify a gap, analyze its causes and choose an alternative to fill this gap.

Human Rights Friendly Community Program helps grass-roots initiatives (teams) to develop and conduct legal needs surveys in communities. Program activities include:

  • competitive selection of communities interested in conduction of legal needs surveys;
  • trainings for communities’ teams (‘how to conduct surveys’, ‘how to use advocacy instruments in promoting access to legal aid’);
  • with the help of practitioners’ group, each of the selected team designs research program and conducts it’s own survey;
  • teams pitch survey’s findings among their communities and advocate strategy for resolving of identified problems.

On the basis of surveys’ findings, teams initiate developing local A2J programs or use other tools to make a systemic change for ensuring access to justice in their communities. The programs supports them in these efforts as well.

Educational and practical program “Human Rights Friendly Community Program” has been being implemented by the Ukrainian Access to Justice School of Practice since 2019 on the basis of the network of legal clubs #PRAVOKATOR with the support of Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Provision, International Renaissance Foundation, Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation, partner organizations and institutions, and administered by Legal Development Network.

New Stage of The Human Rights Friendly Community Programme: Support of Solutions’ Implementation

At the end of 2021, the Human Rights Friendly Community Program participants obtained the financial support to implement their road maps to improve access to justice in four communities. Moreover, the program experts conducted the analytical studies of the quality of work of the local authorities in connection with access to justice in Khmilnyk (Vinnytsia Region), Kreminna (Luhansk Region), and Uzyn (Kyiv Region). Such components are being implemented for the first time, and already have preliminary results. Analytical Component This component is made of several stages. The program experts studied the work of the local authorities in the areas that

Legal Development Network Presents the Studying the Legal Needs of the Community Guide

Written by: Halyna Kolesnyk, the Communications Manager of the Legal Development Network. At the end of October, 2021, the experts of the Legal Development Network presented the practical Studying the Legal Needs of the Community Guide in Zaporizhzhia. The resource was presented at the final conference of the project dedicated to improvement of access to justice of the rural communities in the East of Ukraine, which was implemented by a member organization of the Legal Development Network, Strategies and Technologies for Effective Partnership (STEP). The STEP representatives were among the pioneers of the Human Rights Friendly Community Program. The guidel include their experience as

Human Rights Friendly Community-2021: from Field Studies to Implementation of the Recommendations

In July and August,2021, the initiative groups conducted the field stages of their legal needs surveys in five regions of Ukraine. These data will be a basis of the Road Maps for Creating the Sustainable and Efficient Eco-System for Access to Justice in the Communities. The studies were conducted within the Human Rights Friendly Community Program, which the Legal Development Network administers. The group coordinators have shared their preliminary opinions on the data obtained. This information was unexpected for some of them. Photo: Study of the legal needs of the residents of the Kamianka-Buzka Community (Lviv Region). Photo by Andrii Korbetskyi. Andrii

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Legal services remotely

On Wednesday, March 3rd 2021, members of the Legal Empowerment Network (, held a virtual discussion on how to Provide Legal Services Remotely. Led by Marlon Manuel, Senior Advisor, Legal Empowerment Network, with international experts: Sara Andrews, Senior International Pro Bono Counsel at DLA Piper and Assistant Director of New Perimeter (USA); Andrew Valentine, Partner at DLA Piper (USA); Yevgen Poltenko, Executive Director, Legal Development Network (Ukraine); Annette Mbogoh Executive Director, Kituo Cha Sheria (Kenya). The webinar highlighted how legal empowerment groups can take on the challenges of remote work. Practitioners shared their experiences with leveraging technology and ensuring confidentiality


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