Updated Jan 16, 2018

African Prisons Project

https://www.africanprisons.org/

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Snapshot

Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Focus Areas:

Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights, Economic Growth and Trade and 4 MoreSEE MORE

Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights, Economic Growth and Trade, Education, Non-formal Education (OOS/ALP), Workforce Development and InclusionSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Uganda and Kenya

Uganda and KenyaSEE LESS

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Countries Implemented In

Innovation Description

In Kenya and Uganda 90% of the prison population cannot afford a lawyer, 60% are on remand, and it is not uncommon for a decade to pass without a trial. The African Prisons Project works to reverse these trends by training prisoners in common and criminal law. Some are learning to write their own appeals while others are even representing themselves in court. One graduate of the program stated ‘the way we came in is not how we are now’. With pride in his eyes the graduate says ‘behind prison walls, there are brains, brains that can move mountains.’

Competitive Advantage

African Prisons Project offers hope to some of the most marginalised people in the world held in some of the worst conditions imaginable in Uganda and Kenya. We work by providing ground up solutions to the needs of prisoners, solutions that not only improve immediate health and welfare issues, but sustainable long term solutions to overcome the lack of access to justice for those too poor to afford legal representation. The long term vision is that loss of liberty should not mean loss of dignity and hope. In the areas where we work 90% of the prison population cannot afford a lawyer. 60% are on remand and may languish for years - a decade is not uncommon - without being tried. By empowering those without a voice we seek to promote systemic change and the rule of law in areas where the poor have little defence against injustice

Milestones

Sep 2015
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Launched
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New Country
Kenya
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New Country
Uganda