Initiative on Legal Empowerment of the Poor


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Access to justice for the poor in Indonesia

Access to justice for the poor in Indonesia

Legal assistance and access to information are two of the essential services offered by the Legal Empowerment and Assistance of the Disadvantaged (LEAD) project in Indonesia, which is designed to help make access to justice a reality at the community level. more

Reforming property and business systems in Albania

Reforming property and business systems in Albania

Regulatory bottlenecks, unpredictable rules and a number of laws that simply do not work are forcing people and businesses in Albania to operate in what’s called the ‘extralegal economy’. more

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Featured Publications
Resolution: LEP eradication of poverty

[09/12/09] Resolution on legal empowerment of the poor and eradication of poverty approved by 2nd Committe of the UN General Assembly on 9 December 2009.


Envisioning Empowerment

[01/10/09] A 'Portfolio of Initiatives for Achieving Inclusion and Development' draws attention to the many legal empowerment projects around the globe promoting inclusion, expanding opportunities and contributing to development.


Secretary-General report on Legal Empowerment and Poverty Eradication (A/64/133)

[01/07/09] This report summarizes the emerging approach to legal empowerment of the poor; highlights the operational scope and focus of legal empowerment of the poor; summarizes national and regional experiences and the role of various organizations of the UN system in fostering empowerment of the poor.

Oslo Governance Centre

The Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) works to position UNDP as a champion of democratic governance, both as an end in itself, and as a means to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. 

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