We are a community of changemakers in pursuit of equitable justice for all.

Our vision is to empower changemakers within prisons - prisoners and prisoner staff – who will use the law to bring justice to some of the world’s most vulnerable, through our Justice Changemaker Programme.

By providing legal training and services to those who need it most, we are creating systemic change to ensure that everyone has access to justice.



How We Work

We offer high quality, accessible legal services to the most marginalised communities in East Africa through our training and leadership programme.

We act with compassion and conviction, in the belief that every person should be protected by and held accountable to the law.

We operate in partnership with those who live and work within the justice system - from prisoners, to prisons staff and the judiciary - to those in government and other agencies, with individuals and organisations, towards a common goal.

We are seeking to create a platform from which to share effective change by demonstrating a scalable, transferable model of justice reform, sharing innovation and inspiring entire nations.

By supporting those most in need of change we can empower them to become changemakers themselves.


Where we work

We are based in London, UK, and work in East Africa – particularly in Kenya and Uganda – with men, women and children. We provide legal training and services, as well as improving prison conditions through libraries, health awareness and life-skills. Our staff work alongside prisoners, prison staff and the judiciary in over 30 prisons.

Our partners

We are privileged to work with some talented and inspiring individuals and organisations – from activists and artists to Tearfund and The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

Alexander McLean, Founder and Director General of APP

Alexander McLean, Founder and Director General of APP

Our Founder

Alexander McLean is the Founder and Director General of African Prisons Project. He is passionate about justice, having trained as a barrister and magistrate. During gap year travels to East Africa, McLean fundraised to provide better health facilities and educate inmates in Ugandan prisons about the law. After graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2007, he moved to Kampala, where he created a team of local and international staff and volunteers to develop the work of the African Prisons Project. Since then we have supported over 30 prisons across East Africa.

He is a Senior TED Fellow, Ashoka Fellow and UK Young Philanthropist of the Year. He appears in TIME’s 30 Under 30 Changing the World and ‘The Power List’, featuring Britain's most influential people of African and African-Caribbean heritage.

Our team

Our staff, trustees and patrons.


Employment opportunities with APP.

Annual Report and Accounts

Further information regarding our finance and operations can be found on the Charity Commission website.

Helping out my fellow inmates in their appeals is deeply satisfying to me... Since my sentence is nearly over with only a few years remaining, I wish to acquire more skills to enable me to face the future with confidence.
— Francis Munyao, prison law student