The Protimos Educational Trust

The Protimos Educational Trust

Charity information

The Protimos Educational Trust

Protimos is a network of lawyers working with impoverished, marginalised communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, where their legal rights have been ignored.

Founded 2001

  • Mission statement

    Law, and access to it, is the bedrock that underpins development and democracy.
    Our aim is to build capacity, working with impoverished and marginalised
    communities in resource rich areas of the world, where their legal rights have been ignored, to enable such communities to advocate for their own futures, and use the law as a powerful force for economic development.

    Our Model
    We only respond to requests for help, from communities. If the country in question has a workable legal system, and our capacity allows, we accept
    the request. We then form strong partnerships with local civil society organisations
    and together we set up a small, salaried team of young local lawyers to carry out the legal work.

    This approach, as far as we’re aware, is unique. As a Protimos legal team is local and salaried, it is sustainable and well connected to the communities it
    represents. This is to ensure that the community will continue to benefit from their
    legal expertise once Protimos has moved on. A fully trained team is necessary to provide ‘equality of arms’ thus ensuring that any resources and benefits derived from legal activity are distributed within the correct frameworks.

  • Aims

    The Protimos Educational Trust aims to:

    • Achieve legal redress for the people of the Mapeleng community in Lesotho who were relocated to make way for the Katse Dam 15 years ago, losing their sustainable livelihoods and fresh nearby water.
    • Build a Judicial Advisory Group formed of distinguished and emerging judges in Sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen the judiciaries of Sub-Saharan countries.
    • Assist the San people of Southern Africa in receiving the royalties they are due as Primary Knowledge Holders of the Hoodia Gordonii plant, which is worth billions to the global slimming industry.
    • Create an international legal protocol to ensure that the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of a community is properly sought, and granted, before a company may use community resources.
  • Overview

    Established: April 2001

    Registered Charity Number: 1086388

    Board members: 5

    Full time staff: 8

    Volunteers: 22

    Phone number: 020 7717 1692

    Address: Protimos South Bank Technopark 90 London Road SE1 6LN

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