The project, “Stories from the Field:
Overcoming Access to Justice Barriers through Grassroots Communities’
Participation and Collective Action” is a 3-year project supported by the IDRC (International
Development Research Centre).
It consists of multi-thematic research studies
to generate knowledge and evidence on key legal empowerment approaches and
their contribution to empowering and strengthening grassroots communities’
participation and collective action to bridge access to justice gaps.
The project has several specific
- To understand the effective and
innovative legal empowerment approaches that help and strengthen grassroots
communities in addressing policy and enforcement gaps in access to justice
- To generate evidence on the
impact of key legal empowerment approaches in empowering grassroots communities
for justice system reforms and their ability to access and use legal mechanisms
and remedies for addressing their issues and concerns, and for protecting and
enforcing their rights.
- To develop a common framework and learning agenda
for legal empowerment organizations to strengthen legal empowerment strategies
in the Philippines and the Southeast Asia region.
The project focuses on 3 key legal
empowerment approaches that the ALG network has been using: Strategic
Litigation, Paralegal Development, and Policy Reform Advocacy. Aside from this,
there will also be parallel research to be conducted by our partners in
Malaysia (DHRRA Malaysia), Thailand (Community Resource Centre Foundation), and
Indonesia (Indonesia Judicial Research Society).