Legal Pro Bono in the Achievement of SDG 16

Since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, A4ID has fully embraced this agenda. A4ID's ROLE UK Programme, with its focus on strengthening the rule of law, directly contributes to SDG 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

There is a robust tradition in the UK of legal and judicial professionals providing pro bono services. As part of its mission to generate and share knowledge and best practice, A4ID wants to enhance its understanding of how these pro bono efforts contribute to the achievement of SDG 16.

Through quantitative analysis of data and case studies, drawn from work supported by A4ID as well as other organisations, this paper seeks to:

  • Understand how meaningfully pro bono work contributes to the achievement of SDG 16
  • Assess the benefits and challenges of framing pro bono efforts in relation to the SDGs
  • Draw lessons on how pro bono providers can best link their efforts to achieving the SDGs

It is our hope that this paper offers pro bono providers, and those who support them, innovative ideas and practical guidance as to how best to link their efforts with the SDG agenda.

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