Kariobangi Paralegal Network (KAPARANET is an independent, not for profit registered Community based organization (CBO) that promotes access to justice, through human rights education, legal education, legal aid /advice sessions, research and advocacy.
Founded in 2009, KAPARANET was registered in 2012 with the goal of engaging community members in sustained learning of legal processes, participation and understanding social justice that overcome vulnerabilities in line with the UN sustainable Development Goals number 16(2) and Kenya’s vision 2030. This necessitates KAPARANET to work closely with actors in the governance, justice, law practitioners and transition institutions.
KAPARANET’s governance structure is composed of; the executive committee officials which is headed by a chair, secretary, treasurer, deputy secretary and deputy chair, and 4 committee members. Members comprising of Kenyans drawn from various professionals –, human rights workers, teachers, social workers and accountants. There is also the Secretariat that is headed by the Chief Executive Officer and has a staffing capacity of -four (4) comprising of lawyers, paralegals, social scientists, and accountant. All Kariobangi paralegal Network officials are trained, qualified and practicing paralegals. In total Kariobangi Paralegals has 24 trained, qualified, practicing and committed paralegals
KAPARANET does not work in isolation and has good partnerships with both State and Non-State actors, including pro bono lawyers and paralegal networks drawn from various law firms.
A member of the Police Reforms Working group, a a grouping of Non-state, civil society Organizations, advocate for democratic reforms in the National Police service Have applied to be a member of International Code of Conduct an observatory group under Civil Society pillar to monitor private security industry compliance operational standards