Africa

  • 6 Recommendations for Working with the Public Sector when Innovating Justice

    6 Recommendations for Working with the Public Sector when Innovating Justice 12 January 2018

    By Nathalie Dijkman, Justice Sector Advisor


    Being a justice entrepreneur is not easy. By trying to prevent or resolve the most pressing justice needs, you may be doing the government’s job or trying to assist it. You need to choose your battles: are you trying to have citizens choose your disruptive solution over existing ones? Or are you convincing the government they need to partner with you? And most importantly, is it possible to create deep impact on access to justice, if you don’t work with the existing justice providers?

  • Meet the African lawyers bringing accessible justice and law to 50 million Africans by 2030

    Meet the African lawyers bringing accessible justice and law to 50 million Africans by 2030 27 November 2017

    By Connor Sattely, Business Accelerator Agent


    Tucked away in a small side road in central Kampala lies a white, two-story building with a dozen lawyers crammed inside. But this is no traditional law firm - this is Barefoot Law. These lawyers each stared down a career of public prosecutorial work, private law work, or politics and chose a different path: using their talents and their love for technology to make access to justice and the law readily available to 50 people across African by 2030.

  • 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.