At Doulah & Doulah we recognise our responsibilities towards the society and allocate a specific number of hours for CSR and probono projects. Recognizing the growing severity of the unmet legal needs of the poor and disadvantaged in the communities we serve, and mindful that major law firms must — in the finest traditions of our profession — play a leading role in addressing these unmet needs, our firm has been pleased to exert itself in pledging best efforts to take up the Pro Bono Challenge in Bangladesh.
Our offices recently contributed to legal services over 550 pro bono hours during 2014. We have been awarded the following awards for Probono works in Bangladesh:
- Trustlaw Collaboration Award 2012
- Trustlaw Law Firm of the Year 2014
A few interesting projects that we recently worked on are as follows:
- United Nation’s Foundation Mobile Health Project
A global project where the firm worked with Baker & McKenzie LLP, Merck & Co. and four other law firms for the United Nations Foundation mHealth Alliance ("mHealth") to advise about laws, policies, and standards relating to privacy and security of the use of medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, tablet computers and personal digital assistants, and other wireless devices. Our team was awarded the Trustlaw Collaboration Award 2012 for the impact this project created worldwide.
- Country Framework for One Dollar Glasses
One Dollar Glasses a German non-profit organization that produces and distributes prescription glasses at very low cost. Our firm has been appointed to country framework from legal/regulatory/administrative perspective in connection with the market entry strategy of the organization in Bangladesh, and to coordinate its completion according to the legislation of Bangladesh. We have prepared the required country framework report including relevant sections covering (i) general corporate law, (ii) regulation of non-profit organizations; (iii) foreign investment, (iv) tax law and (v) regulation of production and prescription of glasses and of ophthalmology in general. We are also advising the company on the best suitable entity formation in Bangladesh in this respect.
- Country Framework for Selfless Structure
Finalized the terms and conditions for charity supporting volunteers and healthcare NGOs and finalization of the structure in Bangladesh
- Country Framework for Sightsavers International - UK
Country framework and employment law advice and review of consultancy agreement for non-profit working to eliminate avoidable blindness
- Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
Trademark registrations for NGO encouraging sustainable business practices
- Country Framework for Terre des hommes (Tdh) - Switzerland
Country framework and review development agreement for child rights non-profit
- Country Framework for Charities Aid Foundation
Country framework and analysis of tax environments for non-profit supporting more effective charitable giving
- Country Framework for The Fred Hollows Foundation
Country framework and research on laws (both statutory and customary/religious laws) that affect women's access to resources