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Why Justice Matters to Development

Four billion people around the world live without the protections of the law. They live without access to their rights, vulnerable to exploitation and violence. Poverty will only be defeated when the law works for everyone.

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Fifteen years ago the UN’s Millennium Development Goals set out to eliminate extreme poverty. They helped bring enormous progress, but there is much left to be done. Now, with the goals set to expire in 2015, the world is rethinking its development agenda. It’s a chance to get things right. It’s a chance to include a goal for justice.

Justice and Development: The Post-2015 Agenda

Open Society Voices

February 4, 2014 | by George Soros | 110

We need to persuade members of the UN General Assembly that development targets should involve not just access to education, healthcare, clean water, and other vital services, but also access to justice.

May 28, 2014 | by Lotta Teale | 6

Community-based paralegals are helping young women and their families use the law to resolve problems arising from “down country” marriages.

November 7, 2013 | by Peter Chapman | 1

Justice and the rule of law are delivered through a broad array of institutions, so a unitary focus on ‘the justice sector’ in setting development targets is unlikely to deliver meaningful results.

May 16, 2014 | by Jamila Headley

Social accountability initiatives mobilize citizens to protect their right to health, and they yield real results.