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About Us

Established in September 2013, ESS Creative and Legal Foundation is Tanzania's first credible and reputable justice social enterprise. It is initially focused solely on mediation to supplement government efforts to promote and enhance dispute resolution among persons involved in disputes as provided under Article 107 (2) (d) of the United Republic Of Tanzania Constitution 1977 as amended from time to time. Also, it is internationally recognized for advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.

We expanded our services in May 2017 to include legal representation.

With over 10 years of experience in resolving disputes through mediation and legal representation of people with hearing impairment, Village Community Banks (VICOBA), SMEs, individuals, and families, we found that most clients lack awareness of the benefits of mediation.

What sets us apart from the rest is that we have trust and partnership with the government justice system and empower community leaders to resolve disputes of people, including individuals with disabilities so that they can access legal justice through ADR channels. In addition, we operate as a not-for-profit social enterprise, unlike other NGOs in the Tanzanian Justice sector, which are typically non-profit organizations (not social enterprises).

The founder and executive director is Erick Mukiza who started this organization after his mother Grace, a primary school teacher became a victim of not accessing justice affordably.

Erick underwent training on practical aspects of commercial mediation law and practice from the Tanzania International Arbitration Center and is accredited by the Ministry of Constitutional and Legal Affairs as a Permanent Certified Mediator. He is a spring 2024 Professional Fellow of the Inclusive Civic Engagement US-government funded exchange program. He is an Associate Member of the Tanzania International Arbitration Centre. He is also a Catalyst 2030 member and International Mediator certified by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation).

Our Mission

Our Vision

Mediation service is accessible to underserved communities

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Our Mission

A justice social enterprise enabling accessible mediation services for underserved communities

Our Values

  1. Fairness

  2. Integrity

  3. Confidentiality

  4. Transparency

  5. Impartiality

  6. Objectivity

  7. Neutrality

Governing Board

Board of Directors

Founding Board

Team

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Jacqueline Laban

Head of Mediation

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Pendo Kyala

Marketing Manager

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Ester Rwazo

Peace-Maker Kagera

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Ramadhani Rashidi

Advocate

Head of Legal Services

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Riziki Juma

Human Resource

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Abdalla Miraji

Peace-maker Iringa

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Thelesia Kasmily Peter

Accounting Manager

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Julieni Lumenyela

Lawyer

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Elisha John

Peace-maker Dar es Salaam

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Kennedy Mkula

Communications specialist

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Amoni Mugyabuso

Peace-maker Kamachumu Muleba

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Rohda Mazengo

Peace-maker Tabora

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