Well Grounded works so that civil society organisations (CSOs) in Africa reach their full potential and achieve real, positive change for environmental and social justice. We commissioned this study on aspects of the legal framework that affect CSOs, after discovering through our daily interactions that many organisations are unaware of their legal obligations, that it is hard to obtain relevant information and that much of the information which is available is presented in a language that is hard to understand. To remedy this we asked local legal experts to collect and collate all the information that CSOs need in order to comply with their national legal system and to translate it into accessible language. We are now making it available to any CSO that wishes to formally register as an organisation or is having difficulty determining what they need to do to comply with the laws relevant to CSOs in their country. (Note that this publication is only available in French).