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Tanzania Network of Legal Aid Providers

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(TANLAP) is an umbrella national network working in legal sector. It is a membership network comprising Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community–Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and other institutions providing legal aid in Tanzania. Founded in 2006, TANLAP’s core aim is to work and link up with other Civil Society Organizations provide quality legal aid and advocate for access to justice among the poor and marginalized sections of society in Tanzania. TANLAP is registered under the NGO Act, 2002 and granted a certificate No. 00NGO/R1/00990 (previously certificate of compliance No. 1300). TANLAP membership is open to any organization/institution providing legal aid services in Tanzania and to any Network Organization whose members provide legal aid services in Tanzania. TANLAP members operate in all regions of Tanzania Mainland.

TANLAP’s conception dates back from December 2006, where at Peacock Hotel in Dar es Salaam, more than 12 Legal Aid Providing Organizations meeting for a workshop on Improving the Rule of Law and Access to Justice in Tanzania, (organized by Women in Law and Development in Africa, [WiLDAF] and funded by the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) through USAID Tanzania), unanimously decided to unite their efforts on providing legal aid by forming a National Network of Legal Aid Service Providers

TANLAP was established following realization of the need to have an active and independent network of legal aid providers to build the capacity of legal aid providers, to harmonize legal aid services and ethical conducts of legal aid providers and to have a collective forum for participation in policies and law reforms.

The founding members of the Network comprised the following: The Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT); the Disabled Organization for Legal Affairs and Social Economic Development (DOLASED); Lawyers Environmental Action Tanzania (LEAT); Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC); Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA); Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF); Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC); and the National Organization for Legal Assistance (NOLA).

Our Core values

What we believe in.

Justice for all

Local communities and poor people have potential to contribute to and to demand good Access to Justice. Local communities, even the poorest


Partnership with local communities, through their networks, and other local, national and international actors on legal and human rights mat

Integrity (respect and honesty)

Integrity (respect and honesty) at all times. TANLAP secretariat and all members are expected to undertake diverse initiatives in enhancing

Transparency and accountability

Transparency and accountability in our engagement with education policy and practice issues. TANLAP Secretariat and all members will underta

Our Blog

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TANLAP meeting with Violence Against Women and Children Committee

TANLAP facilitated the Annual meeting for the Violence Against Women and Children Committee. The meeting provided committee members with the opportunity to discuss the successes and challenges of the National Plan of Action on .. View post

TANLAP Meeting with the High Court of Tanzania - Northern Zone

On December 8, 2023, TANLAP held a meeting with the High Court of Tanzania - Northern Zone to discuss strategies for addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) as part of the commemoration of the 16th International Days of Activism ag.. View post


On December 7, 2023, TANLAP conducted a training session for selected Legal Aid Providers and Paralegals on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), justice delivery processes, and their responsibilities in providing legal aid. The training was led by Dr. .. View post

TANLAP is participating in the Legal Aid Conference in India.

TANLAP is participating in the Legal Aid Conference in India. The conference aim to strengthen and strategizing efforts to enhance access to justice across nations... View post


On 8th November 2023, TANLAP under the Mwanamke Imara project engaged selected Members of Parliament to share with them the process to enact the Anti GBV Law. Members of the Parliament commended TANLAP's work under the Mwanamke Imara project for t.. View post

2022 Assessment of Women's Rights and Access to Justice Report

TANLAP disseminated its 2022 Assessment of Women's Rights and Access to Justice Report to the Ministry of Constitutional and Legal Affairs management led by the Minister of Constitutional and Legal Affairs Hon. Amb. Dr. Pindi Chan.. View post