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Case Study: Giving Hope and Dignity to the Poor: The Story of ProBono.org

Probono.Org

2 March 2010

Probono.org, a South Africa clearing house that seeks to increase access to justice through the pro bono services of law firms, provides a model that substantially reduces public interest law costs since it unlocks private legal expertise, according to this case study commissioned by The Atlantic Philanthropies. Atlantic Philanthropies. ProBono.org is an Atlantic grantee.

by Tom Lebert, Umhlaba Associates

In South Africa, immigrants, farm workers, the rural poor, and the gay community are among the population groups regularly denied access to rights, services and justice. The Atlantic Philanthropies supports organisations that use the law to ensure access for the rural poor to the rights and services promised to them under the democratic Constitution. In practice, this means support for organisations providing free legal advice and support to indigent people in rural communities. In some cases the organisations engage in high-impact litigation to effect change, as well as in lobbying and advocacy to influence policy.

The Atlantic Philanthropies programme seeks to:

  • support a small cluster of b