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

  1. The Legal Inclusion Mapping
    a) examines a country’s overall situation of legal inclusion/exclusion, and
    b) identifies the country’s excluded groups, as well as the needs for their legal empowerment, pointing to solutions.
  2. The Comprehensive Legal Empowerment Plan to Achieve Legal Inclusion is a solution-based program that takes the results of the Mapping’s analysis to implement sustainable and inclusive solutions to meet the excluded groups’ legal needs. The Plan involves stakeholders in the specific excluded groups as well as in the legal and government sector.
  3. The Progress Monitoring Framework on SDG 16 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).

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.

  1. The People: refers to individuals, groups, legal personalities, businesses, which need to be aware of their rights and arrange their basic legal needs to be legally included
  2. The State: refers to the public servants, the Judiciary, institutions, political organs, which need to be effective and accountable to provide for legal inclusion
  3. Legal Services: refers to services provided by lawyers, paralegals, mediators, which play an essential role for legally inclusive interactions and access to rights for all

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

 Country Mapping on basis of legal inclusion indicators

Mapping legal inclusion situation of Excluded Groups in Country per group

SDG 16

People

Society

Excluded group

Peaceful and Inclusive Societies for Sustainable Development

State

Legal and Institutional Framework

Legal and Institutional Framework applied to excluded group

Effective, accountable and inclusive institutions on all levels

Legal Services

Legal Services

Legal Services available to excluded group

Access to Justice

Outputs

 

Comprehensive Legal Empowerment Plan to achieve Legal Inclusion

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 analyzes the obtained information from both a social science and a legal perspective.

1) Desk research (literature review and data analysis)

  • Background situation of the country (socioeconomic, political, cultural, educational)
  • Target groups (excluded/marginalized groups)
  • Legal-administrative system
  • International best practices

2) Field-work

a) Excluded groups:

  • Individual consultations
  • Focus groups

b) Meetings with social & development organizations, academics, business etc. that work with and are aware of the issues of target groups
c) Consultations with legal experts
d) Consultations with Government institutions and the Justice sector regarding the legal inclusion issues

3) Database:

  1. General information on the Legal Inclusion Indicators
  2. Mapping on the excluded groups, their socioeconomic situation, legal issues, and the legal-institutional framework to solve them
  3. Sources of reference and partner organizations
  4. Comprehensive Legal Empowerment Plan
  5. A virtual toolbox, communities of practice, SM channels, online advocacy and a Mapping-App

 


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