If all things go according to plan, by this time next year, legal aid services to the general public in Rwanda will be as easy as a few taps on one’s smartphone screen. All thanks to an ambitious project by MAJ, through which these services will be delivered to the Rwandese via a mobile application.
It has been observed that there is a massive number of people across Rwanda (the same can be said about most parts in Africa) where needlessly safer in situations that could be addressed amicably through the legal channels. That is because the way legal services have been traditionally delivered hinders most people from accessing it.
It would take a person time and money to travel for miles in search of lawyer services. That means it is only an option for those who can afford the time and travel expenses. So you find that most people in rural and impoverished backgrounds are automatically cut out from accessing legal services. Something that is quite saddening considering sometimes these legal services are available pro-bono or are catered for by the state.
MAJ, a French acronym for …read more