Fellow Since 2000
Institute for Human Rights and Development
This profile was prepared when Alpha Fall was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Alpha and Julia's organization, the African Institute for Human Rights and Development, teaches organizations from Gambia and other African countries to monitor and enforce human rights protocols established by international bodies such as the Organization of African Unity. In the past, only a few specialized lawyers had such skills; now Alpha and Julia are sharing their expertise so that human rights activists can take advantage of these legal agreements. Alpha and Julia's objective is to make legal procedures more transparent, apply them to specific cases, and minimize the obstacles which might otherwise be insurmountable for non-lawyers. They plan to train other individuals and organizations so that they will no longer require the Institute's expertise to prepare lawsuits on both a national and pan-African level.