3.1. Project audiences
In order to undertake an assessment of need for the facilities proposed
in Project DIAL in the developing member countries (DMCs) of the
Bank, it is first necessary to
define who are the target audience(s) of the project.
The principal or target audience for the project is those who are involved in
the law-making processes in each country, including legislative draftspersons
(wherever located - in government agencies or Parliaments), law reform
personnel (whether in specialised agencies or in government agencies
responsible for legislation), and Parliamentarians (such as those on
Since it is expected that the DIAL Index and DIAL Search components of the
project will be acessible for free on the Internet, there are many other
potential users of these facilities beyond the target audience of 'legislative
personnel'. These include Court personnel, the private legal profession, the
legal academic sector (teachers, researchers and students), non-government
organisations (NGOs) and the business community.
The provision of better access to legislative information to these 'secondary
audiences' of Project DIAL serves the aims of the project in a number of
(i) If these audiences are better informed then they will bring comparative
legislative materials to the attention of the legislative personnel, through
the processes of making representations or lobbying for legislative changes
(the legal profession, NGOs and the business community), through consultancy
reports and legal commentaries (academic researchers), and through comparisons
made in Court decisions (court personnel);
(ii) The education of future lawyers in the use of comparative legal materials
(law teachers and students) will also provide long-term benefits.
 As required by the terms of reference for
the Project DIAL feasibility study.