Africa needs more lawyers and investment opportunities. Does it?

February 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

Cherry Booth, the wife of former UK prime minister Tony Blair, launched a high profile initiative to promote the rule of law in Africa. Her NGO Africa Justice Foundation advocates that more and better trained and paid lawyers and judges as well as courts is essential for the development of the countries in Africa.

A blog post on the PovertyMatters Blog raises skeptical concerns about the validity of the statement that big business and foreign investments will drag Africa out of poverty. The core question of the post is the potential of the top-down approaches to reach to the people who need the most. Certainly, what the people of the countries of Africa need is not more lawyers but better access to justice and legal empowerment. Lawyers can be instrumental for getting close to achieving these goals but definitely are not the only intervention needed.

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Entry filed under: Access to Justice, Rule of Law.

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