The African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice (ACE-AJ) is a continent-wide network of African Civil Society Organizations working promoting access to justice, universal human rights, rule of law and legal aid for marginalised and poor communities.
ACE-AJ work focuses on promoting the work of Community Justice Institutions on the African continent. The ACE-AJ is a non-profit organisation registered in South Africa, whose board members are located in the founding members’ countries and its secretariat is currently housed in Lilongwe/ Malawi, housed by the Paralegal Advisory Service Institute (PASI).
- Our Vision
Transformed, relevant, vibrant and sustainable African Community Justice Institutions
- Our Mission
“To become a platform for the promotion of African ideas, values, voice and agenda for Community Justice”.
- Our Values
Accountability and transparencyIntegrity and
A decision was made to launch the African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice (ACE-AJ) in Kigali-Rwanda during a Panafrican conference promoting the collaboration between the formal judiciary system and community justice institutions. During the preparatory meeting that took place in Malawi in March 2017, a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the five organisations and Nadcao. Unfortunately, Ms Nomboniso Nangu passed after the preparatory meeting, and she was not able to live to see the launch of the ACE-AJ in Kigali in August 2017.
After the Kigali conference where the ACE-AJ was launched, Nadcao and ACAOSA merged in a new organisation called Centre for the Advancement of Community Advice Offices of south Africa (CAOSA), which now represents South Africa.
These organisations were:
- The Paralegal Advisory Service Institute from Malawi represented by Mr Clifford Misiska
- Timap for Justice from Sierra Leone represented by Simeon Koroma, ESQ
- Kituo cha Sheria from Kenya represented by Ms. Gertrude Angote
- The Legal Aid Forum from Rwanda represented by Maître Andrews Kananga
- A representative from South Africa coming from the Association of Community Advice of Offices of South Africa (ACAOSA).
- The National Alliance for the Development of Community Advice Offices (Nadcao) from South Africa represented by the late Ms. Nomboniso Nangu Maqubela who was in fact the vision career. Nadcao would host the secretariat.