“Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development”
– Preamble to Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
LEEG-net (Legal & Economic Empowerment Global Network) plays a catalytic role in implementing the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Guided by a human rights based approach, our mission is to foster legal innovation and empowerment of the poor and disadvantaged groups in meeting the “greatest global challenge of eradicating poverty” which is the unifying thread throughout the 17 Goals, their 169 targets and 232+ global indicators.
The focus on legal innovation is an ongoing quest for new strategies and ways of thinking about what the law can do in the development realm. The focus on legal empowerment is an attempt to make the law work for the poor and disadvantaged groups by enhancing their capacity to resist poverty and get over it. LEEG-net links the two themes by virtue of their shared importance in finding solutions to sustainable development challenges.
LEEG-net generally addresses all of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a particular focus on advancing the achievement of Goals 1, 5, 8, 10, 16 and 17.
WHAT WE DO
In association with a global network of consultants in law, business and economics, LEEG-net provides pro bono consulting services to government institutions of developing countries to undertake law revision and reforms aimed at making Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - enabling legal frameworks by incorporating tools of legal and economic empowerment.
LEEG-net campaigns for integrating a human rights-based approach through legal empowerment of people in the work of multilateral agencies and in public policy formulation in developing countries towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As two key means of "meeting the greatest global challenge of eradicating poverty, including extreme poverty" as per the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, LEEG-net advocates the promotion of (a) social protection systems, and (b) technological empowerment of people including the poor and disadvantaged groups by exploiting innovative and inclusive policies and programs within a rights-based environment.
LEEG-net is concerned with two main forms of exclusion that contribute to disempowerment of the poor: the unequal access to the formal legal system and to the formal economy.
Our working methodology places a great emphasis on the need of “effective law” - a prerequisite to eradicating poverty through empowering the poor and implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals. We strive to make a positive contribution towards making the law effective in the states or jurisdictions where we work. In doing so, and where the context so requires and permits, we draw upon insights from “Law and Economics” - the interdisciplinary subject which is also known as Economic Analysis of Law ...
WHO WE ARE
LEEG-net provides pro bono consulting services to institutions implementing or helping to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are a global network of lawyers, economists, technology/development professionals and organizations that are interested in sharing information on the best practices of, and lessons learned in innovative rights-based approaches to promoting sustainable development at national, regional and global levels.
Our Global Advisory Board comprises thought leaders who have multidisciplinary expertise to develop innovative, transformative and scalable solutions to accelerate action on the SDGs. LEEG-net is managed by the Legal Innovation Hub of LexEcon Consulting Group.
OUR VALUES & PRINCIPLES
LEEG-net’s core values and principles are founded on catalyzing new ideas and tools for empowerment of the poor and eradication of poverty that are:
> Transparent, and
> Multidisciplinary collaboration
> Respect for people
> Integrity, and
> Good governance