Child-Friendly Legal Aid in Africa


January 1, 2011


United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund




Access to Justice / Justice Efficiency

Child-Friendly Legal Aid in Africa

This paper explores the legal, policy, and practical issues involved in creating and maintaining “child-friendly” legal aid programs in Africa. An important part of this discussion is how best to promote high quality, developmentally-appropriate and free legal assistance in the context of developing countries that face significant financial and logistical challenges. In response, the paper adopts a functional approach to the provision of legal assistance by identifying the range of legal tasks to be performed on behalf of children and exploring which of these tasks require the knowledge and skills of a lawyer and which can be competently provided by trained personnel such as paralegals, social workers, or community representatives.


United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

United Nations Development Programme

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund

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