Tanzania Network of Legal Aid Providers (TANLAP) is an umbrella national network working in the legal sector. It is a membership network comprising Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) 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 complies with the NGO Act no 24 of 2002 and is granted a certificate of compliance (No. 1300).
TANLAP also, draws its strength from its membership. Thus, collectively, TANLAP have a stronger voice and more power and force than a single organization. To inculcate and maintain a sense of network ownership and loyalty, TANLAP designs, implements and manages its programme using a participatory approach. The Secretariat makes a deliberate effort to execute all its activities with and through members to avoid unnecessary competition and duplication of activities.The services of the network benefit women, poor men, Most Vulnerable Children, youths, people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS and other marginalized groups.
TANLAP works with the Government, Judiciary, Parliament and other organizations regional and international, organizations. TANLAP is a founding member of East African Network of State and Non-State Actors Providing Legal Aid, a member African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice and a member international Legal Aid Group. Currently TANLAP has a working relationship with George Washington University under Paralegal Program where we are exploring paralegal education models and contribute to program planning and curriculum development but also working to write a memorandum describing options for a paralegal student exchange program, which could be piloted between students in the US and Tanzania.