USAID General Counsel Office

Nov 05, 2007Nov 06, 2007

In this presentation to the USAID General Counsel Office, Senior Researcher Karol Boudreaux discussed ways the law can be used to empower the poor and alleviate poverty.  Ms. Boudreaux focuses specifically on how the law should try to achieve broad-based empowerment as opposed to narrowly focused benefits.  Examples of these kinds of efforts include recognizing customary land rights and delegating authority to manage local concerns.  She provides a case study of these ideas in practice by looking at Community-Based Natural Resource Mechanisms (CBNRM) in Namibia.