Resources

Aligning Pro Bono with the SDGs: Lessons from the Field

On 22 October 2018, as part of Global Pro Bono Week, ROLE UK, a DFID funded programme of A4ID and Clifford Chance LLP partnered to host an event on "Developing an SDG-centric Pro Bono Programme: Opportunities and Challenges".

23 representatives from global law firms, businesses, NGOs and government, discussed how their organisations have integrated the SDGs into their pro bono practices, the benefits and limitations of doing so, and how this fits into a wider framwork of uptake of...

Maximising Technical Assistance to Improve the Rule of Law: A Guide

Legal and judicial experts from the UK and elsewhere can potentially play a very useful role in supporting efforts to strengthen the rule of law and access to justice in developing countries. Through making their time, skills and experience available on a 'pro bono' basis, such experts offer a valuable resource for national governments, civil society organisation and others to draw upon. However, it is important that this kind of 'technical assistance' pro bono work - where skills,...

Improving the Rule of Law: Mapping the UK Legal Pro Bono Sector

The international pro bono sector in the UK is complex. It is made up of a diverse set of players with different reasons for doing pro bono, different ways of going about it and different partnerships through which to deliver it. What they all have in common, however, is a desire to improve the rule of law internationally: an objective shared with the UK government that funds A4ID's ROLE UK Programme that works with pro bono providers in the UK to help them deliver impactful technical...

Pro bono and the Sustainable Development Goals: A guide for international law firms working with NGOs

This report provides guidance for pro bono providers on how to articulate, monitor and report on the ways in which their pro bono support is contributing to international development, with the aim of assisting firms in maximising this contribution. The guidance note is of particular relevance to law firms working with NGO clients.

The report, using the findings from a review of Clifford Chance’s pro bono work for NGOs to identify where learning from international development may...

Peer-to-Peer Approaches for Pro Bono Rule of Law Support

This guidance note focuses on a specific type of approach to pro bono work; adopting ‘peer-to-peer’ approaches to the sharing of knowledge, skills and experience between UK legal and judicial experts and their counterparts in developing countries. Peer-to-peer approaches hold significant potential as a particularly meaningful and impactful subset of pro bono work. This paper provides guidance on how to realise this potential and sets out some challenges and recommendations for maximising...

Political Economy Analysis - Guidance for legal technical assistance

This guidance note is for use by those involved in the design and delivery of pro bono and legal technical assistance projects aimed at advancing the rule of law in developing countries.

Seeking to bring about change in relation to the rule of law requires an understanding of the particular political and economic factors that exist within a context. PEA is an approach through which to consider these factors, identify underlying needs and problems in relation to the rule of law, and...

International pro bono: What do we know about what works?

This short briefing paper brings together key lessons from the evidence on what works in international development Rule of Law (RoL) interventions, and from the pro bono assignments supported by ROLE UK. Its aim is to support more effective capacity building and technical assistance work in developing countries by UK government and pro bono legal and judicial experts.

ROLE UK: Value for Money

This paper outlines the methods that ROLE UK uses for testing the extent to which it represents ‘value for money’.

It proposes new measures that ROLE could consider introducing to strengthen its evidence base.

It also provides an analysis of ROLE UK’s value for money to date.

Reflections on ROLE UK's approach: Learning from reviews of justice and security programming

The skills, expertise and resources within the UK legal and judicial sector represent an important opportunity for supporting effective and accountable rule of law policies and practices in developing countries.

ROLE UK strengthens the contribution of UK government and pro bono legal and judicial experts through direct support to assignments. It also does so by adopting a critical approach to questions of how the relevance, sustainability and impact of international pro bono work...

Independent Review and Learning Report

This Review and Learning Report, commissioned by ROLE, presents evidence and learning to date in relation to the assignments that ROLE supports. It analyses a sample of 12 assignments in order to assess the ROLE theory of change and the value of the pro bono model it supports. ROLE has a strong focus on evidence and learning and welcomes the recommendations contained within this report, which are informing ongoing programme implementation.

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