NCSC Conducts Training for District Legal Aid Office Staff

On June 26-28, USAID’s Justice for All (JFA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs and the National Legal Aid Organization (NLASO), conducted a three-day training program on “Legal Aid Office Management” for 42 recently appointed District Legal Aid Staff. The Staff are responsible for the day-to-day management of the District Legal Aid Offices (DLAO). The three-day program, held at the BRAC-CDM, Savar, Dhaka, provided a unique opportunity for DLAO Staff from 42 Districts to meet each other, share common challenges and experiences, and get to know NLASO Staff. NLASO Staff and the JFA Team, facilitated training sessions under the leadership of NLASO Director, Syed Aminul Islam, and JFA Deputy Chief of Party, Sharmeen Farouk. The training program provided both general information on legal aid purpose, objectives, structure, and genesis in Bangladesh, and concrete, specific skills building on administrative management, finance and accounting, outreach and advocacy, client interviewing techniques, and case management.

Amber Brooks, Acting Director, USAID Democracy and Governance Office, joined Syed Aminul Islam in the closing ceremony organized on June 28, to present participants with certificates marking their successful completion of the program. Mr. Syed Aminul Islam acknowledged with great appreciation USAID’s JFA’s support to the National Legal Aid Services Organization and the District Legal Aid offices in five pilot districts including Khulna, Rangpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, and Dhaka and indicated that this was the first in a series of training sessions to be undertaken to ensure professional legal aid services are delivered to justice seekers in all 64 districts. Sandra Feinzig, the JFA Chief of Party, commented that participants were actively engaged and absorbed a great deal of critical information that will enable them to perform their functions effectively in their respective DLAOs. This first training will be followed in the future with additional capacity building opportunities for DLAO Staff, the “face” of the government legal aid program at the District-level.