New Perimeter

Our Global Pro Bono Initiative

Building Capacity to Negotiate Government Contracts in East Africa

About our work

New Perimeter, in collaboration with project partner East African Development Bank (EADB), delivers a series of regional trainings on international business transactions to East African public sector lawyers and law professors. International teams of DLA Piper lawyers deliver intensive week-long workshops in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda over the course of several years. The workshops are designed to build the capacity of lawyers who are involved in negotiating transactions and drafting agreements on behalf of their governments. In 2016, as part of the partnership, New Perimeter also trained judges from the region on understanding commercial disputes, projects and contracts.

Key deliverables

  • Deliver training to government lawyers involved in negotiating transactions and drafting agreements on behalf of their governments
  • Train judges on complex commercial disputes

Key facts

  • More than 100 East African lawyers have participated in the training sessions.
  • The objective of the project is to assist East African countries in the wake of discoveries in the extractive industries to structure transactions and related policy in a manner beneficial to the host country.

I will use what I have learned in my day to day work as a government negotiator, and this will help me negotiate good deals for the government.”

— Rwanda training attendee

[I liked] the actual practical negotiating with the other team. It was an opportunity to put theory into practice and to understand and deal with people’s character and temperament.”

— Kenya training attendee

The training was very informative and it had a lot of thoughtful details which will assist me in my daily duties as a judge.”

— Kenya training attendee

Social and economic development

Location

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

Project dates

2014 - Ongoing

Program partner

  • East African Development Bank

Program manager

Sara K. Andrews