Supporting Inclusive Resource Development in East Africa

In 2017, the CBA and Global Affairs Canada formalized a five-year project, Supporting Inclusive Resource Development in East Africa (SIRD). The project is implemented by CBA International Initiatives (CBAII) in partnership with the Law Society of Kenya, Tanganyika Law Society, Uganda Law Society and East African Law Society.

The project aims to increase economic growth for East Africans, including women and vulnerable groups, affected by extractive industries. SIRD activities are supported by Canadian technical assistance, drawn from CBA members across Canada who provide training, mentorship, and technical advice on initiatives aimed at:

  1. Increased engagement of East African law societies to advocate for law reform to reflect the principles of transparency, gender sensitivity and accountability in the extractive industries.
  2. Increased community participation, particularly women, in consultations, dialogue, negotiations, advocacy and other initiatives to advance their rights related to the extractive industries.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

SIRD Legal Policy Training Program

CBAII is seeking volunteers to be trainers for the SIRD Advocates Training Program. The program aims to equip a core group of lawyers with knowledge and skills in natural resource management to support inclusive and sustainable resource development in their countries. In particular, the program emphasizes the legal and economic empowerment of women and communities affected by mining, oil and gas industries.

Volunteers required for placement in September 2019. Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for more opportunities.

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SIRD Legal Aid Training Program

The SIRD Legal Aid Training Program is aimed at lawyers who provide pro bono or legal aid services to communities impacted by extractive operations.

Volunteers required for placement in September 2019.

If interested please submit your CV and cover letter, outlining relevant experience to cbaidp@CBA.org. Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for more opportunities.

SIRD East Africa Research Volunteers

The SIRD project is looking to place three recent law graduates/junior lawyers for one month placements in Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda.

Volunteers required for placement in September 2019. Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for more opportunities

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How to Apply for Future Opportunities

If none of the current opportunities are right for you, that’s quite alright! CBA members in good standing are encouraged to add themselves to our volunteer resource bank for future opportunities. Please complete our online form and send us an email at cbaidp@CBA.org.

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