Global Goal for Sustainable Development 16 (Global Goal 16) provides an international policy agenda to work on the legal inclusion of marginalized groups at the global level. It reads:

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

The common denominator between its three clauses is legal inclusion.

Legal inclusion is defined as:

The situation in which individuals a) have their basic legal needs satisfied, b) enjoy legal protection and c) have access to the entitlements of the society.

Microjustice4All’s  Legal Inclusion Mapping Program is a country-specific and action-oriented framework to implement the legal inclusion aspects of Global Goal 16.

The Legal Inclusion Mapping Method is an extensive country-specific and action-oriented two-part program:

  • The Legal Inclusion Mapping a) categorizes a country based on the extent of its legal inclusion/exclusion and b) identifies the country’s marginalized groups as well as the needs for their legal empowerment, pointing to solutions.
  • The Comprehensive Legal Empowerment Plan to Achieve Legal Inclusion (Legal Empowerment Plan). 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 Mapping can be seen as an audit into the state of legal inclusion of a country. The Mapping Method makes use of three sets of indictors to assess the ability to contribute to legal inclusion of the three actors in legal interactions, reflecting the three sub-goals of Global Goal 16.

The objectives of this endeavor are:

  • To make legal exclusion tangible and actionable, making clear what issues need to be addressed for the inclusion into society of excluded and marginalized groups
  • To produce a legal inclusion index through the categorization of countries
  • To define and implement Comprehensive Legal Empowerment Plans per country for the legal inclusion of the excluded and marginalized groups, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions
  • To get legal inclusion activities on the sustainable development agenda and included in the international cooperation policies and funding schemes
  • To upscale legal diagnosis activities and facilitate their standardization
  • To develop an implementation tool and a progress & monitoring framework to reach Global Goal 16
  • To develop the legal-administrative system of a country on the basis of the needs of different marginalized groups, increasing legal security as a whole -which larger scale and international businesses will profit from-, and enhancing sustainable development
Societies without a predictable legal framework are societies where people do not invest in their future, or the future of their country

(Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General, New York, 19 September 2013)

The results of the Mapping give rise to a precise implementation plan and Progress Monitoring Framework on Global Goal 16 which is defined in the Comprehensive Legal Empowerment Plan together with the stakeholders:

  • Implementation Plan establishing targets and a timeline: a) precise modifications and innovative tools for the legal-administrative and institutional framework; b) innovative standardized, scaled-up legal service provision for the various target groups.
  • Monitoring & Measuring Progress through: a) the proposed modifications & activities, and b) though periodical update mappings until 2030


Want to know more?

Click on Legal Inclusion to know what MJ4All understands by these words

Click on Legal Inclusion Mapping to know more about the first part of the Program

Click on Comprehensive Legal Empowerment Plan to know more about the second part of the Program

Click on Current Mappings to see how our Programs are doing

Click on Starting a New Mapping if you want MJ4All to conduct a Mapping of your country


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