Can Legal Empowerment help to address Ethnic Exclusion?

Reducing poverty and improving equity
Posted Oct 18, 2019 | UNU-Wider Policy Brief, Rachel Gisselquist

Legal empowerment is a process of systemic change through which the poor and excluded can use the law to protect and advance their rights and interests as citizens and economic actors. Since the 2000s, legal empowerment initiatives have established a record of success in development policy. In this UNU-Wider Policy Brief, Rachel Gisselquist considers the potential and limitations of legal empowerment efforts as part of a strategy to address the exclusion of groups defined in ethnic terms. Ethnic exclusion - and the related challenge of horizontal inequality - is a major concern in many countries, with important implications for peace and prosperity.


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