[Featured Resource] Good Practices Guide for Incorporating Legal Empowerment into Operations

This week’s featured resource is “Good Practices Guide for Incorporating Legal Empowerment into Operations" from The Asia Foundation and the Asian Development Bank. This resource was featured as a pre-course reading for the 2018 Legal Empowerment Leadership Course , and shared with us by @kimmcquay.

Legal empowerment has the potential to enhance sector development work by building the capacity of project beneficiaries to participate in and benefit from development projects. But, to harness its power, development specialists need to understand the ins and outs of this field. This document is designed to be used as a practical guide to undertaking legal empowerment work.

More about Good Practices Guide for Incorporating Legal Empowerment into Operations :

This guide is the product of a three-country Asian Development Bank (ADB) technical assis­tance initiative on Legal Empowerment for Women and Disadvantaged Groups (6248-REG). This project sought to enhance the institutional capacity, knowledge base, and practical experience of ADB, other international agencies, and domestic legal service and development organizations in designing, implementing, and assessing the impact of legal empowerment activities. Its activities aimed to advance the rights and interests of women and other disadvantaged groups. The Asia Foundation (TAF) implemented the project in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Pakistan. The project built on a seven-country study by ADB in 2001 on legal empowerment’s role in advancing governance and poverty reduction.

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Merci infiniment à toi !

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Merci infiniment à toi pour la publication de cette ressource !

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Dear Maddy,

Thanks very much for sharing the joint ADB-Asia Foundation good practices guide, which I hope our friends and colleagues will find useful.

Leadership Course participants (@leadership_course_2018_participants) may recall my mentioning, when I shared some of the analytical tools that we followed in characterizing tiers of legal rights and access to justice contraints and corresponding legal empowerment approaches, that there was not time to delve into some of the nuances of the three-country study. These included decidedly short pilot project in which long-term CSO partners in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Pakistan partnered with ADB project managers in piggybacking pilot legal empowerment activities onto mainstream ADB sectoral projects in water management, urban infrastructure, and community health service delivery. The experience, and our follow-up work, has been fascinating in raising comfort and expectations regarding the nexus between legal empowerment and broader development practice, demonstrating that governance and access to justice contraints can have a profound impact on the pace and progress of broader development efforts.

This remains an area of keen interest and I am always delighted to discuss the experience of this work which, while completed some years ago, remains relevant, with opportunities to build on the foundations laid.

Best regards,