Africa

  • 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 However, this is staggered by an outdated, complex and corrupt legal and political framework.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.

  • HiiL Offers up to 20,000 EUR Plus Business Support for Justice Innovators

    HiiL Offers up to 20,000 EUR Plus Business Support for Justice Innovators 25 April 2017

    By Connor Sattely, Business Accelerator Agent

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    Innovators working on justice and legal issues worldwide can apply for up to 20,000 EUR in equity-free grant money as part of the HiiL Justice Accelerator’s Innovating Justice Challenge.

    The Call for Applications, which opened March 1 and remains open until June 30, encourages two types of application: first, startups with an idea and team may apply for funding in the Call for Innovations; second, individuals without a team or idea can apply for the Call for Talent.

  • 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 Nat√°lia Centkov√° & 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?