Achieving SDG 16

SDG 16 provides an international policy framework to work globally on legal inclusion of marginalized groups within their countries. Microjustice developed the Legal Inclusion Mapping Method as a framework for its achievement.

Agents of legal interactions

Mapping legal inclusion: indicators on country level

Mapping inclusion situation of Excluded Groups per group

SDG 16



  • Poverty level
  • Education Level
  • Groups at risk

Description of the vulnerability of the specific excluded group

Peaceful and Inclusive Societies for Sustainable Development


Accessibility, affordability, transparency and quality of the legal and institutional framework

Legal and Institutional Framework applied to the specific group, and research into the legal tools available to their legal empowerment

Effective, accountable and inclusive institutions on all levels

Legal Assistance

Accessibility and quality of legal assistance

Legal assistance available per excluded group

Access to Justice for All



Comprehensive Legal Empowerment Plan to achieve Legal Inclusion with the stakeholders:

  • Recommendations for legal empowerment at the state level
  • Legal Empowerment Service Provision Programs for excluded groups

Implementation Tool & Progress Monitoring Framework for SDG 16

To measure the implementation of the SDGs, a global indicator framework for the SDGs and targets of the 2030 Agenda have been developed by the UN.. Nevertheless, during its in-depth study of SDG 16, Microjustice developed Legal Inclusion Indicators that would help measure progress towards attaining this SDG. It is Microjustice’s hope to have these Legal Inclusion Indicators included in the 2030 Agenda during the global indicator revision process in 2020.

The Legal Inclusion Mapping Method is an extensive country-specific and action-oriented two-part program that measures the level of legal inclusion in particular countries and brings them solutions on how to reach SDG 16. The first part of the program categorizes a country based on the extent of its legal inclusion/exclusion, and identifies the country’s marginalized groups as well as the needs for their legal empowerment.

The second part of the program consists of a Comprehensive Legal Empowerment Plan to Achieve Legal Inclusion. It is a solution-based program, involving all stakeholders, that takes the results of the Mapping’s analysis to implement sustainable and inclusive solutions to meet the marginalized groups’ legal needs.

The Legal Inclusion Mapping Method provides a framework for partnerships to work on the legal inclusion aspect of SDG 16:

  • International organizations, policy makers and funding organizations

  • Research institutes; universities; statistical agencies

  • Humanitarian and development agencies

  • Lawyers, legal and/or human rights organizations

  • Experts in public communication/lobbying/advocacy

Finally, the Legal Inclusion Mapping Method comprises a Progress Monitoring Framework on SDG 16 which is defined in the Comprehensive Legal Empowerment Plan together with the stakeholders.

The Progress Monitoring Framework on SDG 16 comprises an Implementation Plan establishing targets and a timeline for the implementation of recommended: a) modifications and introduction of innovative tools for the legal-administrative and institutional framework; b) innovative standardized, scaled-up legal service provision for the various target groups. It monitors and measures progress through periodical update mappings vis-à-vis the baseline established in the mapping (until 2030).

Through this, the accomplishment of SDG 16 is not only guaranteed, but will be carried out in the long-term as well.