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Bangladesh Legal Aid Service Trust (BLAST)
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BLAST aims to provide assistance in justice matters through the local provision and promotion of legal aid. The programme's major objective is to make local populations aware of how to seek legal assistance when battling a range of issues.

In 2004, the non-governmental organization BLAST, in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh, launched a legal aid initiative. The programme was implemented in 19 of the 64 districts in Bangladesh. It consists of three major components: one, community organized awareness meetings; two, district aid committees; and three, district referral offices with legal aid services. The effort objective is to assist the poor and marginalized towards achieving sufficient levels of gender- , work- and health- related rights.

Results suggest that effective justice service delivery has been achieved particularly through the use of informal aid offices and a well-functioning NGO and government partnership. In all districts where BLAST has been implemented, government allocated legal aid money has been utilized; from this, it can be deduced that locals are not only aware of BLAST services, but are also using them.

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