Come September, we will host the Closing Seminars for the second cohort. Today’s post features an alumni of the first cohort, Miss PraiseGod Joseph on her experience regarding this final phase of the training programme.

PraiseGod begins by sharing a holistic approach of the closing seminars. “In the beginning, my take on the closing seminars was merely a sign of completion of the training programme and being awarded a certificate; but that is not all that the closing seminars offer. The closing seminars are a reflective journey of the fellows’ professional development with the guided assistance of PIL experts.”

It…


As we head for the second cohort’s closing seminars, we feature some alumni from the first cohort who share their reflections of this last and final phase of the training programme.

Meet Obbo Geoffrey from Uganda, Alumni of the EAEPIAP.

Obbo shares that the closing seminars provided a chance to learn from the experiences of the other fellows in so far as how they went about the whole process of developing their projects until getting their cases filed or the challenges encountered therein. The closing seminars are therefore critical for one to reflect about the whole fellowship period both the…


Antoinette Ogange, Kenya

As we head towards the Closing Seminars for the second cohort of the training programme, we feature a few alumni from the first cohort who share their reflections on this third and final phase of the training programme.

On the rationale of the closing seminars:

“Closing seminars can be likened to an investment after which you see how much wealth you have accumulated or losses you have made. The essence of the closing seminars is to give a fellow an opportunity to assess oneself, the gains and lessons learnt. To see whether objectives set and expectations one had for the…


Sharon Vilegwa Amendi, Kenya

Last but by no means least on this series of ‘Meet The Fellow’, meet Sharon Vilegwa Amendi, Lawyer and Advocate from Kenya who has a year’s involvement in Public Interest Litigation.

Sharon has had a unique practicum experience as she is not placed at any host institution. Instead, she’s had a mentor who works in private practice. This type of arrangement demanded a high level of discipline and self-drive, and Sharon delivered just that. In fact, she felt that the arrangement was tailor-made just for her as she was able to learn from a practitioner who is an eminent public…


Nelius Njuguna, Kenya

Nelius is a lawyer and advocate hailing from Kenya. She has about a year of experience in Public Interest Litigation and is currently hosted at Kituo cha Sheria for her practicum. Nelius explains her experience so far with the host ogrganisation and the practicum in general to have been eye opening.

Human rights and public interest litigation previously seemed distant and unattainable but the practicum has opened me up to a world of possibilities. It has actually inspired to me start my own organization and I am currently in the process of setting it up. …


Sandra Oyombe, Head, Access to Justice, FIDA-Kenya

Sandra Oyombe is the Head, Access to Justice at FIDA-Kenya. Her engagement in the programme is more centred on providing mentorship to fellows during the practicum phase of the training.

Sandra is of the view that the training programme is playing a great role in modelling and equipping young advocates in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania with skills on Public Interest Litigation. …


Neema Jaji, Tanzania

Neema Jaji

Neema Jaji is a lawyer and advocate from Tanzania with three years of experience in Public Interest Litigation. For her practicum, Neema is hosted at Legal and Human Rights Center (LHRC) — Arusha Branch where she attests her experience so far to have been a great one.

Working with the leading human rights organization in the country, I get an opportunity to meet with clients, victims and stakeholders of different kinds. Through this, I learn new skills everyday. — Neema Jaji.


Najib Kasole, Uganda

Najib Kasole

Najib is a lawyer and advocate from Uganda with about three year of experience in Public Interest Litigation. He is currently hosted at Uwezo Uganda (which prior to gaining independent status was a programme of Twaweza East Africa since 2009).

Overall, Najib feels Uwezo-Uganda is a place to be if one wants to have an indepth understanding of elementary education in Uganda. Being hosted there has rendered Najib an opportunity to meet people who are very knowledgeable in the field of study his case project is about. It has also deepened his knowledge on a range of…


Arthur Nsereko, Head of Network of Public Interest Lawyers (NETPIL) — Uganda

With passion you can bring to life anything you dream of. You are the master of your creation, so do not stop at anything to ensure everybody sees what you see. Breathe life into your project case, your career path and your destiny — Arthur Nsereko, Head of Network of Public Interest Lawyers (NETPIL) — Uganda.

Arthur Nsereko

Arthur Nsereko is the head of Network of Public Interest Lawyers (NETPIL) in Uganda. …


Muganga Ambrose Ibabaza, Uganda

Muganga Ambrose Ibabaza hails from Uganda. He is a lawyer and advocate with two years of experience in Public Interest Litigation. For the practicum phase of the training, Ambrose is currently placed at Platform for Labor Action (PLA) where he attest his experience so far to have been educative and worth it. And as a colleague has assured him, he is in the right place as his wish is to become an experienced abor law practitioner.

East Africa Public Interest Advocates Programme

Training the next cadre of Public Interest Advocates across the East African region. Briefly put — lawyering for the greater good!

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