The Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR) is an independent research institute that empowers people, organizations and governments with sound and evidence-based legal and policy solutions and services that enhance development. CALR seeks to ensure that the law is utilized to respond to everyday societal challenges.
CALR offers legal expertise, resources, tools and technical support to governments, developmental partners, and civil society organizations. Its work links the law (as it is and as it ought to be) with developmental needs across the multiple sectors of a country’s economy. In this manner its inter-disciplinary work revolves around two thematic areas, namely: (a) Law, Economics and Science; and (b) Law, Democracy and Governance
Although the Centre’s work has been mainly in Zimbabwe; it has gained significant experience in the southern, eastern and North African sub-regions. Since its humble beginnings in 2010, CALR has worked with a variety of governments, developmental partners and civil society organizations, in diverse sectors including: public health; water and sanitation; agriculture; forestry; electoral systems; and media. In addition to that, CALR has also worked with private entities offering legal advice on regulatory compliance issues.