The Global legal inclusion program


The Members of the UN have agreed upon an Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030, with 17 Global Goals for sustainable development (GG), to be reached in the timeframe 2016-2030. Global Goal 16 regards Legal Inclusion.


MJ4All has taken the initiative to bring together a coalition for GG 16, implementing the Global Legal Inclusion Program (GLIP) that consists of 2 inseparable parts: a) Global Legal Inclusion Mapping (GLIM) and b) Legal Empowerment Program (LEP). The GLIP will be launched in the present symposium on the occasion of 20 years MJ4All, which will be followed by piloting the new coalition in Kenya and other east African country. This program will take place in an applied research environment, first identifying the excluded communities. A map will be made of the legal obstacles these excluded people encounter that are in the way of their inclusion. Based on this mapping, solutions will be suggested and a legal empowerment program introduced.


MJ4All has been implementing legal empowerment activities for 20 years and connecting people to the system of the country they live in. This is essential for their inclusion and legal protection. Despite the importance of legal empowerment, it has been difficult to sell legal empowerment programs to the donors, and therefore to the development & humanitarian sector.


In the past 20 years, MJ4All has developed a methodology for legal inclusion and empowerment through its work in the field, laid down in the MJ4All Methodology Handbook and the MJ4All Handbook for Humanitarian Crises. At present, MJ4All is shifting its focus to promoting legal empowerment activities and to helping others to develop legal empowerment programs.


In order to get legal empowerment activities on the donors’ agenda and included in international development policies, we intend to use the GLIM to show with transparent indicators how legal empowerment work can provide an important contribution to the realization of Global Goal 16: “to legally empower the marginalized in view of their inclusion and peace while contributing to more transparent and effective institutions.”.



  • Global Legal Inclusion Mapping (GLIM)

  • Legal Empowerment Program

  • Coalition for the Global Legal Inclusion Program

  • International Policy Context

  • Global Goal 16 for Sustainable Development

In September 2015, the UN launched a universal and transformative post-2015 millennium goals agenda for sustainable development...

  • Legal Empowerment of the Poor

Microjustice4All aims to fulfil the basic legal needs of people who do not have access to the legal system in their country...

  • Responsibility to Protect

The MJ4All Methodology provides a structural way to implement the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)...

  • The Market Context of Microjustice4All: Justice for those at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP)

In the last decades, there has been a movement which recognizes that there is a big market at the bottom of the social pyramid...

  • Microjustice4All: A Cross-Cutting Approach

GG 16 is a cross-cutting goal in the sense that it is a precondition for the achievement of the other GGs...





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