The purpose of WAILA is to contribute to the development of a fair and equitable justice system which addresses the legal needs of the community, and to improve access to justice by the community by providing free Legal Aid services to eligible individuals or groups, in both criminal and civil cases, mainly poor and vulnerable people in The Gambia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.
The goals of WAILA include the following:
(1) To provide free Legal Aid services to eligible individuals or groups, mainly poor and vulnerable people as a means to strengthen their access to justice in West Africa.
(2) To provide free legal representation to eligible individuals or groups before regional and international judicial institutions.
(3) To identify and document the roots causes and associated factors that prevents speedy dispensation of justice in both criminal and civil cases in West Africa.
(4) To facilitate international information sharing and collaboration on justice education.
(5) To support, develop, and implement advocacy projects on a regional and global basis.
(6) To convene global conferences, workshops and training sessions on justice education at locations accessible and affordable for West African nationals.
(7) To receive and administer funds to support the development of innovative justice education in West Africa.
(8) To establish Universities, colleges, professional institutions and provide scholarships for eligible West African nationals.