Legal Empowerment of the Poor

The international community recognized the importance of legal aid for the poorest people as a precondition for sustainable development already in 2005. The Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor was established under the auspices of the United Nations Development Program. and its 2008 Report illustrates the importance of providing legal services to the poor, in particular, legal services relating to (1) identity papers, (2) land and house registration, (3) income generation and registration of legal personality, including business registration and (4) worker’s rights, which are the legal issues that Microjustice focuses in. Based on this, the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda identified inclusive development, ‘leaving no one behind’ and legal empowerment of the poor as key agenda points:

SDG 16 is the logical continuation of this idea, and it is unsurprising to find core principles from the legal empowerment of the poor theory embedded into the wording of SDG 16.

Much like SDG 16, MJ4ll developed its Legal Inclusion Mapping Method, by strongly basing its theory on what was learnt from its Legal Empowerment Programs, in order to help countries and their citizens achieve SDG 16.