What We Do
Effective rule of law helps reduce corruption, improve public health, enhance education, lift people from poverty, and protect them from injustices and dangers large and small. Despite this, all over the world, people are denied basic rights to safety, freedom, and dignity because the rule of law is weak or non-existent. The natural environment is degraded when environmental protection laws are ignored. Women suffer abuse when they don't know they are protected by laws or when their access to justice is limited. Families suffer when parents are coerced into paying bribes to get their children admitted to public schools or to get them basic health care. Local and international businesses avoid investing in communities because of the lack of stable rules and regulations and excessive amounts of risk.
Rule of law means better public health, economic development, and political participation. It is the necessary ingredient to all forms of human endeavor, especially in communities of greatest need.
A well-functioning rule of law means:
- Local business and foreign investment aren't stifled by corruption
- Governments are held accountable for their actions and citizens are able to express dissent—peacefully
- Children are sent to school, and not exploited for cheap labor
- Women and girls are able to protect themselves from violence and discrimination
- Mothers can vaccinate their children without paying bribes
- Buildings withstand earthquakes, bridges remain upright, and lives are not put in danger by compromised regulations