ROLE UK partners with the Government Legal Department (GLD)

7 November 2016

ROLE UK is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Government Legal Department (GLD).

The GLD comprises the UK government’s principal legal advisers.  GLD supports Her Majesty’s Government in the provision of legal advice on the development, design and implementation of government policies and decisions, drafting secondary legislation and working with Parliamentary Counsel on primary legislation, and representing the government in court.

Evidence from the ROLE programme to date shows that a key aspect of ROLE’s added value in terms of its support to Rule of Law in developing countries is its ability to source high quality government expertise. In-country partners on assignments involving GLD lawyers have greatly valued the peer to peer nature of experience exchange which government lawyers can provide.

The new partnership formalises the relationship between ROLE and GLD. When ROLE receives requests from DFID priority countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East for expertise from UK government lawyers, ROLE and GLD will select suitable experts taking into consideration relevant technical ability and soft skills. For GLD lawyers, the partnership creates the potential for them to contribute their skills and experience to the strengthening of Rule of Law and in doing so to learn from their peers overseas.

Under the new partnership, GLD lawyers will contribute their skills and expertise pro bono in 27 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East where DFID and ROLE are working to improve the rule of law.

In 2015, GLD’s Ifeoma Nwabude and Lillian Arinze travelled to Rwanda for a ROLE UK assignment. Speaking on her return, Ifeoma said:

The workshop participants were hugely appreciative of the opportunity to hear from and benefit from the experiences of UK government lawyers – in particular the challenges involved in procuring and managing government contracts effectively to achieve value for money. In turn, it was an opportunity for us to gain an insight into the Government of Rwanda’s contracting structures and specific commercial issues.

Read more about their experience here.


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