Africa

  • Seatbelts On

    Seatbelts On 20 September 2017

    By Sam Muller, HiiL CEO

    My last column was about Kenya. So is this one. For me, Kenya is currently one of the most interesting countries to follow if you are interested in rule of law development and justice innovation.

  • Lawyers 4 Farmers: The Legal Startup Trying to Change Ugandan Farming

    Lawyers 4 Farmers: The Legal Startup Trying to Change Ugandan Farming 17 August 2017

    By Rachel Meagher, Communications Intern

    In one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the world, agriculture employs 82% of the workforce, yet contributes only 26% to the GDP. Could merging entrepreneurship and legal advice with farming be the solution to this Ugandan economic asymmetry?

  • Towards a Just(ice) Economy: A Short Documentary

    Towards a Just(ice) Economy: A Short Documentary 25 July 2017

    By Nathalie Dijkman, Justice Sector Advisor

    East Africa has a huge informal private sector that drives most of its economic and social development. However, this is staggered by an outdated, complex and corrupt legal and political framework. Uganda is the most entrepreneurial country in the world, and its micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME’s) collectively constitute about 90% of private sector production and employ over 2.5 million people. But most small businesses struggle to survive beyond their first years.

  • How Do You Marry This?

    How Do You Marry This? 19 July 2017

    By Sam Muller, HiiL CEO

    During a recent drive through crazy Nairobi traffic I learned a few important things about family justice journeys in Kenya. It started with me looking out my window and seeing two women walking uphill, carrying heavy loads on their backs.

  • Launch of Family Justice Report in Uganda

    Launch of Family Justice Report in Uganda 22 May 2017

    By Sam Muller, HiiL CEO

    On 18 May we launched our latest Justice Data Report on Family Justice in Uganda. This was done at a workshop hosted by the Swedish Embassy in Kampala, Uganda. We were honoured with the attendance of representatives from the key actors from the justice system who are concerned with family justice.

    Download the full report in English here:

  • HiiL Launches Justice Data Report on Tunisia

    HiiL Launches Justice Data Report on Tunisia 11 May 2017

    By Sam Muller, HiiL CEO

    The voices of just over 7500 Tunisian citizens from all over the country were heard as we launched our latest justice data report in Tunis on 9 May. The first copy of the report was presented to H.E. Minister of Justice Jeribi, in the presence of the Dutch ambassador to Tunisia, H.E. Hans van Vloten Disselvelt, senior judges, prosecutors, the president of the Bar Association, leading academics, ministry officials, and representatives of the media.

    In his address to the meeting Minister Jeribi commended the efforts by HiiL for this very important study. The first step in any reform, he said, is to have a sound diagnosis of the reality on the ground. We need to have the accurate data and dashboards in order to be able to design the efficient and effective tools for reform. He also emphasized the importance of making real change, in ways that benefit citizens.

    The report is available from our website in Arabic and English. A French summary is also available.