Legal Empowerment of the Poor Programme Launches Research Report ‘Voices of the Unheard’

Oct 23, 2012

The Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP) programme launched the research report titled ‘Voices of the Unheard’ at the Serena Hotel, Islamabad.The report focuses on demand and supply analysis of service delivery structures and policies related to the rule of law based on extensive primary data collection.

Mr. Abdus Sami Khan, the research head for the report shared a set of priorities and recommendations on policy initiatives and effective implementation steps with the stakeholders aimed to make the rule of law a reality in Pakistan. “The preliminary findings of the research study focused on the poor for demand side analysis, a technical and historical analysis of institutions and policies for supply side analysis. This report is based on the data including the delivery of legal rights and services by key institutions including the police, judiciary, Ombudsman offices and Bar Councils to the vulnerable segments of the society,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jean-Luc Stalon, Country Director (a.i.) UNDP said, “The study features breadth of scope, analytical depth, methodological rigor and a high degree of policy relevance not only in the context of the LEP program but also as a broader scoping exercise of legal exclusion and disempowerment in Pakistan. Most importantly, it carries voices rarely heard in policy and research arenas – those of the poor and vulnerable.” He further added, “Using it as a roadmap, the LEP programme has moved to design specific interventions in the pilot phase for its successful roll-out.”

The LEP programme was initiated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and implemented by the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), to support the ongoing efforts of the justice sector service delivery. The programme aims to secure the delivery of legal rights and services by key institutions, including the judiciary, police, Law & Justice Commission, Ombudsman offices and Bar Councils to the vulnerable segments of society, in parallel to creating demand and awareness amongst the right holders.

The launching ceremony was attended by international development practitioners, senior government officials from the police, judiciary, ombudsman as well as leading representatives from civil society and media.

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For further information and media assistance, please contact, Fatimah Inayet, Communications Analyst, Communication Unit, UNDP Phone: 051-8355650

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