The Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine (QALA) Project is a five year (2014-2018) technical assistance project funded by the Government of Canada’s Department of Global Affairs, implemented by the Canadian Bureau for International Education in cooperation with the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.
The overall goal of the Project is to contribute meaningfully to increasing equitable access to justice through quality legal aid for women and men across Ukraine, in particular individuals from marginalized groups.
The expected immediate outcomes for the Project are:
- Increased ability of targeted stakeholders to deliver and monitor quality legal aid services for Ukrainian citizens;
- Increased capacity for the management, oversight and decentralized service delivery of the legal aid system by Ministry of Justice, legal aid centers, contracted lawyers and other key delivery partners; and
- Increased public awareness of legal aid services.
In support of the goal of providing targeted Canadian technical assistance support to operationalize the free legal aid system in Ukraine for the benefit of vulnerable Ukrainians, the Project will consist of three key components.
Component 1: Human Resource Ability
The QALA Project will focus its attention upon building the required human resource ability within the broad stakeholder community to support the sustainable operation and monitoring of the legal aid system over the long-term.
Component 2: Systems Capacity
The QALA Project will focus its attention upon building the required systems to support the sustainable operation and monitoring of the legal aid system, with particular emphasis upon increasing the efficiency of legal aid service providers in responding to citizens’ needs.
Component 3: Outreach and Communication Capacity
The QALA Project will focus its attention upon building the required outreach and communication capacity within targeted civil society organizations across Ukraine to promote increased public awareness of legal aid services, through the dissemination of relevant information and the provision of advisory support and referrals.