Legal Empowerment for Women and Disadvantaged Groups

Publication | January 2009

Legal empowerment is a powerful tool for reducing poverty. It gives people the knowledge, skills, and confidence to participate in development projects. It promotes inclusive growth, which reduces poverty by building people's capacity to improve their lives. Inclusive growth is a goal of Strategy 2020, which guides the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in its mission to promote gender equality, empower women, and achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

The report presents the findings of a project funded by ADB, carried out by The Asia Foundation, and conducted in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Pakistan. The project aimed to identify and test legal empowerment strategies that increase access to basic social services, productive resources, and opportunities by women and other disadvantaged groups and to incorporate legal empowerment initiatives into mainstream development projects.

Contents 

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Overview of ADB's Technical Assistance for Legal Empowerment
  • Defining the Framework of Legal Empowerment Initiatives and Measuring Their Impact
  • Pilot Projects
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Appendixes
  • Bibliography