The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is the main supporting organization of the LALE phase II fellowship program. It provides fellows with the monthly stipend, manages the selection process and measures the satisfaction and performance of the fellows.

The Foundation began working in Afghanistan in 1954 and is responsible for the Survey of the Afghan People.  It’s work also covers regional cooperation, education, women’s empowerment and development, elections, subnational governance, and governance and law. Under its governance and law programs, the Foundation has been successfully implementing a variety of programs related to legal aid and legal education, including the Legal Aid through Legal Education (LALE) II project with support from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

Afghanistan Legal Aid and Advocates Network (ALAAN)

ALAAN is a network of governmental and non-governmental legal aid organizations established with the assistance of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). The network works to coordinate the legal aid efforts in Afghanistan and increase the capacity of legal aid providers. The Network identifies offices within its membership that have the capacity to host a fellow and divide the fellows between the legal aid organizations. Below are the member organizations participating in the 2017 LALE Fellowship program.

The Legal Aid Department of the Ministry of Justice

The Legal Aid Department (LAD) is tasked with meeting the responsibility of the government of Afghanistan under Article 31 of the Constitution to assure that criminal defendants are represented by a defense lawyer.

This department was established in 1989 in accordance with the decision of cabinet council and endorsed by the then-president. In was integrated into the structure of the Supreme Court and continued its activity there, until the end of 2007. Beginning in 2008 and in accordance with Decree No. 111 dated 11/25/2007, it was transferred from the structure of the Supreme Court to the Ministry of Justice.

According to Article 31 of the Constitution, the Advocates Law and the Regulation of Legal Aid, this department provides legal aid for indigent suspects and accused persons in criminal cases, and, if possible, this department provides legal aid to indigent women and children in civil cases as well.

The LAD, is offering LALE Fellowships in Kabul, Kapisa, Kunar, Logar, Noristan, Pakteka, Panjshir, Wardak، Takhar, Urozgan, Bamyan, Daykondi, Badkhshan, Faryab and Zabul provinces.

Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA)

AIBA works to ensure that every Afghan citizen can have access to defense attorneys who are well-qualified, committed to the ethical practice of law, and able to practice independently. AIBA was established to improve access to fair trials, to increase confidence in the legal profession among the public, to improve cooperation between stakeholders in the justice sector, to promote new generations of dedicated legal professionals, and to fight against administrative corruption.

AIBA was established in 2008 under the Advocate’s Law. It works to promote and protect the rule of law, social justice and implementation of Islamic instructions in Afghanistan. It is an independent institution established under the advocate’s law. It does not need to be registered or licensed.

The AIBA holds trainings to build up the capacity of the Afghan bar, advocates on behalf of lawyers and the public on issues such as human rights and the rule of law. It manages a pro bono system and requires that its members provide free legal services as part of its requirement for continued licensing. Beginning in 2014, it has also become the main administrator for the Legal Aid Grant Facility of UNDP.

AIBA, is offering LALE Fellowships in Kabul, Khandahar, Kunduz, Helmand, Parwan, Balkh, Herat and Nangarhar provinces.

The International Legal Foundation-Afghanistan

The mission of ILF-Afghanistan (ILF-A) is to provide free, quality criminal defense services to Afghanistan’s poor, while contributing to the development of a sustainable and effective criminal legal aid system that is accessible to indigent Afghans countrywide.

The International Legal Foundation, a leading global advocate for the right to counsel for the poor, established ILF-Afghanistan in 2003. ILF-A was registered with the Ministry of Economy in December 2005. ILF-A was one of the very first organizations registered with the Independent Legal Aid Board. While involved in training activities and advocacy, the main objective and work of ILF-A is the provision of criminal legal aid to any indigent person in need of such services. In addition, ILF-A operates several legal clinics to assist legal education for university students.

The ILF-A, is offering LALE Fellowships in Kabul, Kunar, Laghman, Sare-e-Pul, Samangan, Parwan, Balkh, Baghlan, Farah, Jawzjan, Nangarhar, Helmand, Paktiya, Paktika, Logar, Kunduz, Zabul and Kandahar Provinces.

Afghanistan Human Rights Organization (AHRO)

The Afghanistan Human Rights Organization (AHRO) works to create a society where human rights of all Afghans are fully protected, defended, and promoted so that they are free from repression and injustice and can avail themselves of all opportunities, take part in decision making and nation building, and live honorable and prosperous life.

AHRO was founded in 1997 as a non-aligned, non-governmental, non-political, independent, humanitarian organization to promote the human rights of the citizens of Afghanistan, raise awareness of human rights violations, and promote an improved human rights situations in Afghanistan. AHRO was registered with Ministry of Justice in 2003.

AHRO engages in proactive advocacy, grassroots activism, publicity, legal representation, capacity building, and promotion of good governance and rule of law in partnership with communities, civil society organizations, Afghan authorities, regional and international organizations, donors, and United Nations agencies.

The AHRO, is offering LALE Fellowships in Kabul, Herat, Helmand, Samangan, Jawzjan, Kandahar, Khost, Paktiya and Baghlan provinces.

Medica Afghanistan

Medica Afghanistan seeks to improve the quality of women’s lives by providing legal aid, psychosocial counseling, and public advocacy, while also raising awareness and building capacity in the fields of health, education, and law.

Medica Afghanistan was launched in Kabul in 2002 by Medica Mondiale, an NGO based in Germany that protects women and girls in war and crisis zones throughout the world. Medica Mondiale supports women and girls victimized by sexualized violence, regardless of political, ethnic or religious affiliation. In December 2010, Medica Afghanistan was registered with the Ministry of Economy as a national organization and has been licensed with Independent Legal Aid Board since 2011

Medica Afghanistan’s Legal Aid Program responds to Afghan women’s need for justice by representing women facing criminal prosecution, in need of legal advice, mediation, or civil legal representation. Medica Afghanistan is also active in raising legal awareness and facilitating safe family reintegration.

Medica Afghanistan, is offering LALE Fellowships in Kabul, Balkh, Baghlan, Samangan and Herat provinces.

Justice for All Organization (JFAO)

Justice for All Organization (JFAO) works to strengthen the rule of law and expand access to justice for vulnerable populations in Afghanistan. In particular, JFAO aims to expand the provision of competent legal representation in criminal, civil, and family law cases to marginalized and underserved groups in Afghanistan, particularly the indigent, women, children, and prisoners. JFAO also works to increase awareness among women, children, and families about their legal rights.

JFAO was founded by judges, lawyers and prosecutors who have graduated from law and political science faculties. In their work within Afghanistan’s legal system, they noticed a clear lack of legal aid for the indigent in a range of family and criminal law cases. JFAO has been officially registered with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Economy since 2008.

Primary activities is the provision of legal training, free legal aid and legal advice to the indigent, conducting legal and human rights workshops and seminars, researching legal issues, especially women and children’s rights, and supporting children’s access to education and children’s rights.

Justice for All Organization (JFAO), is offering LALE Fellowships in Kabul, Kandahar, Laghman, Ghazni and Khost provinces.

Women for Afghan Women (WAW)

Women for Afghan Women - is a not for profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) registered with Ministry of Economy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with the registration number (798) as a national NGO whose mission is a grassroots, civil society organization; our mission is dedicated to securing and protecting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan, particularly their rights to develop their individual potential, to self-determination, and to be represented in all areas of life: political, social, cultural and economic. We advocate for women's rights and challenge the norms that underpin gender-based violence wherever opportunities arise to influence attitudes and bring about change.

WAW is committed working towards a world in which Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and throughout the world enjoy peace, justice, equality, and the freedoms to participate in all spheres of life and live without fear. WAW envisions a world in which all women and their families thrive and prosper.

WAW is not offering LALE fellowship.

Da Qanoon Ghushtonky (DQG)

Da Qanoon Ghushtonky commonly known as DQG is one of the major civil Society organizations in Afghanistan on Access to Justice.

DQG works to train and enlighten Afghan citizens on their legal rights, access to justice, including understanding new laws.  It aims to ensure that the average Afghan realizes the rights an access to justice available to them by the Afghan constitution. As many Afghans are unaware of their newly founded rights, DQG feels that there is a great space for it activities in both increasing awareness and training Afghan legal practitioners.

Beyond providing legal aid, legal capacity building and legal awareness raising, DQG undertakes research on law-related issues in Afghanistan and provides recommendation to Afghan legal entities.

Da Qanoon Ghushtonky is offering is not offering LALE fellowship.

Afghan Women Network (AWN)

After the United Nation Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, where a group of women from various organizations and agencies of the United Nation participated; the theory to form a network for the Afghan women's cooperation and integration developed. With inspire from women's movement in different part of the world; finally, in 1995 participants (women) of the conference decided to establish Afghan Women Network (AWN).

Afghan Women's Network is the foundation for Afghan women's movement, which serves as a stable network for growth of those women's organizations they are active in the country.

Afghan Women's Network has active and considerable presence in Kabul, Herat, Balkh, Kandahar, Bamyan, Paktia, Nangarhar and Kunduz, and is also active through its member in other provinces of Afghanistan. Afghan Women's Network works as the umbrella for its member organizations. As well as projects related to issues (gender-based violence, strengthening of youths and education for girls) implement with coordination of its member.

Afghan Women's Network is offering LALE Fellowships in Nangarhar Province.

Voice of Women Organizioan (VWO)

Voice of Women Organization (VWO) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-partisan organization based in Afghanistan with its main office in western Afghanistan’s regional capital, Herat.

VWO is one of the leading organizations in Afghanistan that promotes and defends women’s rights issues which has put VWO in the international spot light. Since its establishment VWO has worked on the revival of women’s role in the Afghan society through advocacy for women’s rights, legal & social protection, capacity building and socio-economic empowerment.

VWO is mainly focused on empowering and improving women’s rights issues, gender equality and justice for women. The organization has carried out numerous projects in Legal & Social Protection, Access to Justice, Advocacy for Women’s Rights Legislation, Leadership, Education, Health and Capacity Building for Social Empowerment and Vocational Training for Economic Empowerment sectors with funding from international donors.

Voice of Women Organization is offering LALE Fellowships in Badgees, Daykondi, Faryab, Farah, Ghor, Herat, and Nimruz provicnes.

Safeer Growth & Development Organization (SGDO)

SGDO is a nongovernmental organization. Act independently and never follows political 
scenarios. SGDO has been established in 11/ 26/ 2014 registered with the Ministry of Economy 
of I.R of Afghanistan.

1: Gender (Women) empowerment: It is a state that women be able to act positively over 
process-mechanism and decisions that affect their life  
2: Gender equity: is a state of fairness of treatment for women and men according to their 
respective needs.

SDGO is offering LALE Fellowship only in Kabul

Herat Clinic TAF

Herat clinic is established by TAF in Herat province.

Herat clinic is offering LALE Fellowships only in Herat province.

Kandahar Legal Clinic

Kandahar clinic is offering LALE Fellowships only in Kandahar province.

Balkh Legal Clinic

Balkh clinic is offering LALE Fellowships only in Balkh province.