Innovation Lab

Legal Empowerment and Community Lawyering in Latin America

4 projects selected
5.000 USD & technical support for each selected project
8 months to implement the project


The Innovation Lab is a call for proposals organized by the Legal Empowerment Network -with the support of the Tinker Foundation-, that aims to support and strengthen Latin American organizations working alongside communities and marginalized groups in the region to help them know, use and shape the law.

The Lab is a small initiative that aims to help innovative projects that use legal empowerment strategies to help marginalized people, groups and communities to overcome injustice, in any of its forms.

After receiving more than 90 applications from 16 countries in Latin America, in August 2020 a panel of judges determined the 6 participating organizations: Associação de Defesa Etnoambiental – Kanindé (Brazil), Colectiva Amorales (El Salvador), Fundación Markani (Argentina), Fundecom (Nicaragua), Grupo de Acciones Públicas from Universidad del Rosario (Colombia), Unión Verapacense de Organizaciones Campesinas (Guatemala).

Winner projects were implemented between September 2020 and April 2021. Click here to know more about the activities implemented by organizations to support the communities that they work with.

For more information on what legal empowerment and community lawyering are you can have a look at the publications Legal Empowerment Experiences from Latin America and Empoderamiento Jurídico y Abogacía Comunitaria en Latinoamérica: Experiencias de acceso a la justicia desde la comunidad.