Mr. Alphonce Gura

Senior Programme Officer, Legal Services Facility (LSF)

Alphonce Gura boasts technical programming knowledge in access to justice, policy and law reform, judicial accountability and regulation of legal profession. Mr. Gura is also an expert in organizational development and business development. Mr Gura has spent an integral part of his decade-long carrier spanning from 2011 – 2021, in the regulatory sphere for the legal profession and access to justice programming.

A firm believer in a functional justice system, Mr. Gura concentrated his early years working in access to justice programmes. In so doing, Mr. Gura elevated himself to the forefront of re-modelling pro bono as well as paralegal services in Tanzania while actively negotiating for the Bar’s position in the Government led legislative changes in the legal aid subsector up to 2017.

Mr. Gura has coordinated, written, edited, and contributed to several publications on a myriad of themes including legal practice, grassroots community justice, child justice, electoral justice, judicial accountability, criminal justice, alternative dispute resolution and violent extremism. Mr. Gura is currently the lead person for the LSF’s access to justice programme in Zanzibar.

Mr Gura has taken part in dozens of high level regional initiatives involving the East African Law Society (EALS) as well as the SADC – Lawyers Association. Mr. Gura has served in different high level Ministerial Committees and taskforces. Mr. Gura has been a member of HakiRasilimali Board of Directors (2019 - 2022) and a member of the Africa List from (2014 to 2020). He has also served as a member of Coalition on Right to Information Steering Committee (2019 todate)

Mr. Gura has also played a key role for the establishment of the Tanzania International Arbitration Centre (TIAC) from 2015-2019 and was eventually appointed as its first Managing Director in 2020 thru to 2022. Since then he has been instrumental in negotiating for a framework to implement the recent changes in ADR laws through the line Ministry in Mainland Tanzania.

Mr. Gura holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Dar es Salaam (with a specialty in International Legal Practice). Mr. Gura is a registered lawyer in Tanzania, and a member of the Tanganyika Law Society (TLS), East Africa Law Society (EALS), and the SADC Lawyers Association (SADCLA). He is also an accredited Arbitrator and Mediator in Tanzania.