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Lawyers help mums in Africa

Lawyers help mums in Africa

DLA Piper is providing pro bono assistance to an Anglicord project aimed at strengthening maternal and child health programs in Africa.

Melbourne-based DLA partner Richard Moshinsky and senior associate Andrew Crean are working pro bono on the international project, A Road Less Travelled, which is part of the Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES), a five-year program funded by AusAID which commenced in 2011.

"It has been incredibly rewarding to be able to provide pro bono advice and support to an organisation doing such important overseas development work as Anglicord,” said Crean.

The project aims to improve maternal and child health by targeting key health determinants impacting on the lives of nomadic and marginalised women from communities in Ethiopia and Kenya.

Key focus areas include supported birthing, improving conditions of daily living and supporting policy dialog between stakeholders to ensure positive outcomes are sustainable.

Australian NGOs participating in AACES include World Vision, CARE, ActionAID, Marie Stopes, Caritas, Oxfam, Water Aid, Anglicord (in consortium with Nossal Institute and Australian Volunteers International delivering the project, A Road Less Travelled), Plan and the Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific (collectively the AACES Partners).

DLA assisted Anglicord with the drafting of individual service agreements and its consortium arrangements.

With Nossal Institute and Australian Volunteers International, Anglicord was lead proponent for the consortium, with responsibility to AusAID under a funding agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia.

The firm also advised on the agreements between Anglicord and its in-country partners (the Afar Pastoral Development Association in Ethiopia, and the Mother's Union of the Anglican Church in Kenya), and the broader partnership agreement between the AACES Partners.


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