The objectives of LAOA are to promote access to justice and strengthen the rule of law in Afghanistan. Since its establishment in 2006, the organization has pursued these objectives through the provision of legal aid to indigent Afghans, by training the legal community, and by conducting research and advocacy to improve the Afghan legal system. It endeavors to assist the creation of a justice system in Afghanistan that is responsive and respected and where every citizen has access to legal counsel.
LAOA aims to be national in scope and aspires to establish an office in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. With 59 practicing lawyers in 25 provinces and the Justice Center in Parwan (JCIP), LAOA is the largest, most widespread legal aid NGO in Afghanistan. For administrative purposes its offices are divided into four zones:
Availability for projects.
LAOA has the both the capacity and the desire to expand its activities and increase its services. Donors are encouraged to contact LAOA to discuss research and training projects as well as the expansion of legal aid services in specific provinces or for particularly vulnerable communities.
List of donors past and present.
LAOA has been supported by a number of organizations since its inception. It has received funds from the Justice Sector Support Project (JSSP), UNICEF, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), UNDP, the Italian Cooperation (IIC), Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the Open Society Foundation (OSF).