The Legal Inclusion Mapping Method is an extensive country-specific and action-oriented three-part program.
How Does the Legal Inclusion Mapping Work?
Legal Inclusion Indicators
The Mapping Method makes use of three sets of indicators. These relate to the three agents of legal interactions: people, legal services and the State. It measures their ability to contribute to legal inclusion.
The Mapping Process
The Mapping examines the situation of vulnerability of excluded groups, and offers a diagnosis of their legal issues to find solutions within the legal-administrative framework to resolve these issues. In other words, the Mapping Research identifies a country’s Justice Gap and provides a Comprehensive Legal Empowerment Plan to address it. This Plan is drafted based on ‘What Works’ as seen in existing legal empowerment programs across the world.
The table below shows how the mapping method provides an implementation plan for SDG 16 in its totality and a progress monitoring framework.
Agents of legal interactions
Mapping legal inclusion: indicators on country level
Mapping inclusion situation of Excluded Groups per group
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
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:
Implementation Tool & Progress Monitoring Framework for SDG 16
The results of the Mapping give rise to the Progress Monitoring Framework on SDG 16 which 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).
The Mapping Research Methodology
The Mapping uses mixed methods of research designed by legal empowerment and social research experts. It is based on both desk study and field research, and analyses the obtained information from both a social science and a legal perspective.
1) Desk research (literature review and data analysis)