Who We Are

Community Legal Services (CLS) is a Department for International Development (DFID), UK supported project being implemented by a consortium consisting of Maxwell Stamp PLC, as principal contractor, and the British Council and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (UK), as partners. The CLS is a five-year programme and the implementation period is scheduled from August 2012 to August 2017. The main modality of the CLS is to provide grants to eligible NGOs in order to deliver community legal services.

What We Do

The CLS programme aims to provide greater access to justice to the poor, marginalised and socially excluded communities in Bangladesh. Its overall objective is to improve the quality and coverage of CLS in Bangladesh, build sustainability into CLS programme interventions of potential grant partners, and encourage and create an enabling environment for legal services NGOs and community based organisations to coordinate their activities for improved delivery of CLS to the target beneficiaries.

CLS Endline Perception Survey Report
Significant Impacts on Awareness, Satisfaction and Norms

In 2013, CLS commissioned a household survey and perception study to establish baseline values of dispute prevalence, legal rights awareness, justice seeking behaviour, and satisfaction with dispute resolution.  In 2016, a follow up ‘endline’ survey was conducted to produce a set of comparative values to assess CLS Programme impact.

Survey report findings indicate CLS activities have significantly improved the experience of justice for the poor and have also positively influenced community norms and practices that disempower the poor and women.  The full report and a summary of key findings are available below:

UK Overseas Development Institute Releases Report on Access to Justice for the Poor:
‘Can NGOs Improve Justice in Bangladesh?’

Recently UK’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI) released a major study concluding that huge numbers of Bangladeshis are now aware of their legal rights and interactions with justice are now fairer as a result of CLS Programme NGO activities. The full report and Executive Summaries in English and Bangla can be found here:

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News and Updates

Featured News: Celebrating Challenge and Change

The Community Legal Services (CLS) Programme in Bangladesh, organised an event, titled ‘Celebrating Challenge and Change: Community Legal Services in Bangladesh’ on 21 March 2017. The daylong event was held at the…

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