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From law school to the field: Community lawyers in Cameroon

The Community Legal Field Worker initiative (CLFW), run by the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) in Cameroon, was designed to deal with major gaps in capacity to safeguard indigenous rights to land and forests. This capacity gap included weak knowledge amongst urban trained lawyers of the rural context and indigenous rights. A two-year field placement for lawyers committed to operating as advocates for the communities and trying to obtain the best for them in accordance with the law, has resulted in some important outcomes and lessons for building future programmes of this type.

This paper presents the key steps taken to implement the CLFW tool, the outcomes and lessons learned and was produced under IIED’s Legal tools for citizen empowerment project.

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