The Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD) is a network of organizations working at the intersection of law and development with the intention of creating and exchanging legal knowledge that promotes the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels).
Although strong legal and justice systems and institutions are internationally recognized as key drivers in development, the knowledge required to build them is unevenly accessible to stakeholders worldwide. Recognizing these information asymmetries, the World Bank and its development partners established GFLJD in 2011. GFLJD aims to address these gaps by connecting international financial institutions, international and regional organizations, governments, private sector entities, think thanks, academic institutions, and civil society organizations with relevant research and practices.
In addition to working towards the achievement of SDG 16, GFLJD’s objectives include:
- Strengthening and promoting a better understanding of the role of law and justice in sustainable development,
- Integrating legal and judicial institutions into the development process to increase development effectiveness,
- Encouraging the co-generation of innovative legal solutions and practices to foster enhanced development outcomes,
- Supporting the dissemination of legal solutions and knowledge to development challenges, and
- Encouraging inclusive partnerships built upon shared principles, values, and vision.