The ROLE UK programme provides free development expertise and advice, logistical support and some funding (travel and activity costs, personnel time etc.) for initiatives which: 

  1. address specific rule of law and poverty reduction goals in developing countries ​
  2. are either developed within a partnership programme of work between UK legal / rule of law organisations and in-country actors; or involve strategic, demand-led deployment of UK pro bono expertise within existing programmes of work
  3. mobilise relevant UK pro bono legal expertise to achieve the desired impact

We encourage applications from UK legal sector stakeholders and developing country partners, including:

  • Public or private legal sector institutions
  • Governments / government departments / judiciaries
  • Civil society organisations
  • Academic / professional institutions
  • UK Government posts and programmes in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s priority countries

Download our Concept Note Template to get started or contact the ROLE UK programme team at