Legal services


Client Department for International Development (DFID)
Value £787,000
Lifecycle 2012 to 2017
Country Bangladesh

Through the Community Legal Services project, we are working to improve access to justice for people in Bangladesh. We do this by supporting the delivery of legal services to poor, marginalised and socially excluded communities in hard-to-reach areas.

What we are doing to deliver Community Legal Services

Working with Maxwell Stamp PLC, we provide grants to a range of civil society and community-based organisations to support civil society capacity building, research and advocacy, the delivery of community legal services and justice sector co-ordination.

We give these grants to a range of Bangladeshi non-governmental organisations, selected through a rigorous application process.

The organisations use their grant funding to support diverse activities, reflecting the needs and accessibility requirements of the communities involved. These activities include:   

  • community mediation services
  • training community paralegals
  • legal aid for poor and marginalised communities
  • activating village courts and arbitration councils
  • mobilising communities through legal and human rights awareness sessions
  • advocacy for pro-poor and gender-friendly changes in policies and practices
  • combating violence against women through legal action, advocacy, research and policy reviews.