Africa

  • The Family Justice Catalogue will be your guide to family law in Uganda

    The Family Justice Catalogue will be your guide to family law in Uganda 25 July 2018

    By Tim Verheij, Justice Sector Advisor

  • Measuring Justice in Mali: The Second Wave

    Measuring Justice in Mali: The Second Wave 22 May 2018

    By Grace Ellis, Measuring Justice Intern

    Throughout May and June, we are interviewing over 9,000 people in Mali about their encounters with legal problems in everyday life. This is part of HiiL’s collaboration with Mali’s Ministry of Justice as we work together on the second wave of the Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey. The interview data will show the most serious and prevalent justice problems in Mali, what people do to resolve their problems and how they assess these paths to justice in terms of fairness, quality and costs.

  • How innovators are developing a para-mediator network to settle civil disputes in Northern Uganda

    How innovators are developing a para-mediator network to settle civil disputes in Northern Uganda 25 April 2018

    By Nathalie Dijkman, Justice Sector Advisor

    In the small town of Arua, right next to the DRC border, a few entrepreneurial lawyers have set up an independent mediation center to deal with the increasing number of land disputes that flood the Courts of Law. With two accredited mediators, two legal clerks, one lawyer and one operations manager, the small cemented house along the main road appears like a mini court of itself – only that it feels more intimate and welcoming. I wonder how much easier it must be for, say, a single mother of three who is defending her plot of land to simply enter the modest building to find a place where she can discuss her legal problems as one would with a friend. As opposed to facing a row of judges sitting on a raised wooden bench in the search of justice, which one speaks to most people more?

  • 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 million people in Africa 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.