Legal Empowerment of the Poor From Concepts to Assessment


Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP) is a concept that is increasingly used in development discourse with little understanding of the territory it covers and its boundaries. This paper attempts to characterize the components of LEP—Rights Enhancement, Rights Awareness, Rights Enablement, and Rights Enforcement—and their interconnections. It also identifies opportunities for USAID programming in this area and examines possibilities for assessing progress toward LEP.

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