On the 22nd of August 2010, TrustLaw connected its first project in Uganda. This project was for a social enterprise based in the United States requiring advice on liability for schools it was planning to construct in the country. They received pro bono legal support from MMAKS, the first firm to join TrustLaw in Uganda.
Nearly a decade later, Uganda remains one of our most active jurisdictions for pro bono globally and continues to grow with leaps and bounds. Lawyers in Uganda have advised and assisted with 77 pro bono projects on intellectual property, commercial agreements, corporate support, tax, employment, and conveyancing.
15 of them were cross-country research initiatives that have benefited from some of the best legal minds in Uganda, examining data protection laws, women's rights, child marriage, sexual harassment, health information, blasphemy, disability rights, refugee rights, female genital mutilation, food licensing laws, social entrepreneurship, tax and trafficking in orphanages.
Uganda is our 3rd largest pro bono market on the continent after South Africa and Kenya and continues to grow at a large pace, with a current membership of 48 local social enterprises and NGOs.
TrustLaw currently has 15 law firms as part of its network in Uganda, a figure that has grown particularly following our Africa Office's relocation to Nairobi. These law firms range from some of the largest in country, to some with a single man or woman at helm all united by one thing - the desire to give back through pro bono.
We will be in Kampala on the Wednesday the 8th of May 2019 and invite you to celebrate, share and reflect on TrustLaw's past decade in Uganda. It is our wish that you will grace us with your presence.