Legal Aid Basket Fund
This project aims at financing legal aid services through the provision of a joint basket fund.
Currently there are seven main non governmental organizations providing legal aid in Uganda. However, their attempts to provide legal aid services are hampered by scarcity of resources, thereby leaving out certain areas and groups of people. A consultancy commissioned in 2004, which was partly funded by Austria (project 1660-00/2001), conducted a baseline survey on legal aid. The survey outlined serious gaps in coverage as well as in quality of legal aid services. In more than half of Uganda's districts there is no legal aid provision at all yet some of these are the most inaccessible and heavily disadvantaged in several respects, for instance, by war (such as in North and North Eastern Uganda) or by poor transport facilities (such as Kalangala).
The joint basket fund pools resources of several donors, such as EU, Denmark, Ireland, Austria and Norway. Existing and potentially new providers will be encouraged to expand their activities to new geographical areas to provide the designed ¨minimal packages¨. The support to legal aid will build on trying to ensure minimum standards nation wide, with the addition of specific intensive support to special needs areas. As effective regulation of the sub-sector by the regulator (Uganda Law Council) is hampered by scarcity of funds and human resources funds from the basket will be used for strengthening the regulator as well as for provision of legal aid services by non governmental organizations.