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Just Development: February 2014, Issue 2
  Feb 14, 2014


Building Legal Services from the Ground Up: Learning From Pilot Initiatives in Jordan

This issue reflects on experiences and preliminary findings from a pilot initiative to support legal aid in Jordan. Following an interim evaluation of the program, this note shares insights gained from an improved understanding of user demand and priorities, identifies opportunities for partnership to support legal aid, and reflects on lessons learned from results of experimentation with different service delivery approaches. 

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Why Just Development? Because unjust development will not achieve our core goals.

The Bank Group’s strategic goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity require effective justice institutions to ensure inclusive growth and fairness in distribution, regulation and allocation of resources. New research and practice across the Bank is leading to insights and innovations about how credible justice institutions emerge and how development actors can contribute to them.

Each month, Just Development provides a curated series of brief, yet informative and thought provoking, case studies, lessons and essays to share knowledge and stimulate debate on how development practitioners can promote effective justice institutions. Just Development is premised on two key principles:

(1) Justice promotion is not only a matter for the justice sector; mechanisms that govern rights, entitlements and processes of fairness are part and parcel of all development sectors. Our challenge is to break the silos that separate those concerned with ‘justice’ from those concerned with how markets are regulated, budgets are made to allocate public wealth and services are delivered – across development sectors.

(2) Just development means more than technical solutions. A science of delivery approach to justice requires deep contextual understanding and a flexible and adaptive process to implementation.

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