Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR) is a research institution that provides evidence based research and legal advisory services on developmental law issues to targeted clients. The Centre is a hybrid organisation that incorporates elements of both private and public sectors. As such it seeks to ensure that the law is utilized to promote economic development, democracy and human rights.
CALR offers legal expertise, resources, tools and technical support to private corporations, governments and developmental partners. CALR also provides specialised legal training to clients in both private and public sectors. Its work links the law (as it is and as it ought to be) with socio-economic development needs across the multiple sectors of a country’s economy. In this manner its work revolves around two thematic areas, namely: (a) Law, Economics and Science; and (b) Law, Democracy and Governance. The work involving law, economics and science promotes socio-economic development that engenders trade and investments in an environmentally sustainable manner; while the work involving law, democracy and governance promotes a democratic dispensation embedded on the rule of law.
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.