14 Nov '17, 10am

My new blog: #legalempowerment – what we do, what we've learned https://t.co/9m7VsHf89e

Ensure communities are in the driving seat. Legal empowerment that is impactful and sustainable is ultimately about strengthening local organisations. So while development projects often involve raising awareness or designing 'tools', it is important to take a long-term, systemic perspective and embed the action in local institutions that can drive the agenda. In the example I mentioned before, these were local governments in Senegal, grassroots committees in Ghana, and institutional relationships linking grassroots NGOs to a national organisation with the necessary legal expertise in Cameroon. This emphasis on local organisations involves challenges, because social change requires time and local leaders may take the process in unexpected directions. Consider both the opportunities and the limits of law. Any legal work is affected by the quality of applicable law, and many...

Full article: https://www.iied.org/legal-empowerment-what-we-do-what-we...

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