Sunday, June 08, 2008

Making the Law Work for Everyone

UNDP has just published a report on Making the Law Work for Everyone. It is the result of 3 years of work.

As the Report highlights, the sources of legal exclusion are numerous and very
often country-specific. However, four common threads stand out. First, legal
empowerment is impossible when poor people are denied access to a well-functioning justice system. Second, most of the world’s poor lack effective property rights and the intrinsic economic power of their property remains untapped. Third, poor people, in particular women and children, suffer unsafe working conditions because their employers often operate outside the formal legal system. Fourth, poor people are denied economic opportunities as their property and businesses are not legally recognised. They cannot access credit, investment nor global and local markets.

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