Africa

  • Legal Legends: Platform that fills in the gaps in South African legal system for start-ups

    Legal Legends: Platform that fills in the gaps in South African legal system for start-ups 17 March 2017

    By Natália Centková & Katie Davis, Communications Interns

    With the technological dawn the avenues, through which citizens seek conflict resolution, have developed accordingly. Part of this movement is also the e-commerce website, Legal Legends, which provides legal services for entrepreneurs and small start-ups in Africa. Kyle Torrington, one of its founders, explains that they bring a far more quirky, and far more approachable take on legal services and provide start-ups with a legal help, as the high rates set by regular practitioners are rather discouraging. So how well does this initiative fit into this new approach to the provision of legal services?

  • The Belt Challenge and the Need for a Think

    The Belt Challenge and the Need for a Think 16 March 2017

    By Sam Muller, HiiL CEO

    This will be a bit of an odd column: I’m going to talk international relations. Yes – I know I am a lawyer and not a foreign policy wonk. But I am worried about Europe. No, I don’t mean Brexit, Greek debts, or German, French and Dutch elections. A much bigger challenge lies more to the South, below Italy’s boot. I call that challenge the Belt. It’s a bit of a crude word, because it gives the impression that it’s a single challenge. It’s not. Justice is a large part of it.

  • Ufulu Wanga: Ending violence against women in Malawi through smart innovation

    Ufulu Wanga: Ending violence against women in Malawi through smart innovation 27 February 2017

    By Katie Davis, Communications Intern

    Eve is one of the coordinators of Ufulu Wanga’s daily activities. She brings her experience and research into the social development and human rights issues in Malawi, to deconstruct the justice issues women in particular face. Ufulu Wanga means ‘my rights’ or ‘my freedom’. I interviewed Eve about this justice startups’ vision and enterprise model.

  • Tunisians’ Justice Needs and Satisfaction voiced in a data triangulation session

    Tunisians’ Justice Needs and Satisfaction voiced in a data triangulation session 24 February 2017

    By Nicoleta Balau, Justice Sector Advisor

    This year, on February 7th in Tunis, HiiL gathered judicial experts, judges, lawyers, academics and representatives of civil society, to dive deep into priority categories of legal problems faced by Tunisians. The sessions’ aim was to present and discuss the findings of the Justice Needs and Satisfaction (JNS) survey HiiL conducted at the end of last year.

  • Sauti: an SMS-based trade and market information platform for small cross-border traders and SME’s in East Africa

    Sauti: an SMS-based trade and market information platform for small cross-border traders and SME’s in East Africa 24 January 2017

    By Katie Davis, Communications Intern

    Informal cross-border trade is a 2 billion US dollar industry to African economies. It creates jobs, contributes to food and energy security, and alleviates poverty. 60% of informal trade in the East African Community (EAC) is carried out by small-scale traders and is often the most important income-source to rural livelihoods. 70-80% of these traders are women who have on average 7 dependents in their household.

  • Malians get legal help through transparent IT platform

    Malians get legal help through transparent IT platform 20 December 2016

    By Katie Davis, Communication Intern in The Hague

    Simple ideas really can be powerful. This is elegantly demonstrated if one observes the impact of Deme So’s innovation to deliver access to justice to Malians, Tien Sira. The innovation is conceptually simple, yet provides access to justice in rural areas and upholds human rights by its functional service and protection extended to vulnerable groups of women, children, victims and witnesses.