Africa

  • How These Ugandan Justice Entrepreneurs Will Soon Be Impacting Thousands of Small Businesses

    How These Ugandan Justice Entrepreneurs Will Soon Be Impacting Thousands of Small Businesses 22 April 2016

    By Nathalie Dijkman, Innovating Justice Agent

    A narrow unpaved road in Bukoto, Kampala, leads to the African Innovation Centre where the Barefoot Lawyers are housed. Walking in, you are welcomed with a big smile by a small group of lawyers typing away behind their laptops, tablets and smartphones. Although the daily routine allows for lunch talks about the newest (political) scandals, most of the lawyers are nearly overburdened by a pile of inquiries, legal procedures and emergency cases that need urgent attention: ‘Please incorporate my business today otherwise it will be closed down by the authorities’.

  • Justice Needs in Uganda: Legal Problems in Daily Life

    Justice Needs in Uganda: Legal Problems in Daily Life 14 April 2016

    Ground breaking survey shows that access to legal justice in Uganda is patchy and unfair; solutions urgently needed.

  • Livelihood and Justice: The Bottom-up View

    Livelihood and Justice: The Bottom-up View 14 April 2016

    By Martin Gramatikov, Head of Measuring Justice & Senior Justice Sector Advisor

    Comparing legal phenomena between countries with different legal origins, legal cultures and frameworks is risky and more often than not leads to dubious conclusions. Therefore I am not going to compare the results from Ukraine and Uganda directly. What I want to discuss is the structure of the most prevalent justice needs - problems that occur in people's lives and (potentially) can be resolved with legal means.

  • Working on Innovation in Mali

    Working on Innovation in Mali 30 November 2015

    By Wilfried De Wever, Head of Justice Accelerator; Kavita Heijstek-Ziemann, Senior Justice Sector Advisor & Sam Muller, HiiL CEO

    “The people of Mali need to know that innovation is possible!” said H.E. Sanogo Aminata Malle, Minister of Justice of Mali, during her visit to HiiL Innovating Justice.

  • SME Empowerment in Action in Lagos

    SME Empowerment in Action in Lagos 16 November 2015

    By Sam Muller, HiiL CEO; Wilfried de Wever, Head of Justice Accelerator & Nathalie Dijkman, Justice Sector Advisor

    “I have been in business all my life. I started selling chickens by the roadside when I was ten. When I was at school I started a training initiative and later a media company. The media company did not succeed, but it taught me a lot and got me to where I am now. Then I went to law school and now I run mSMEGarage.”

  • The other side of Yemen

    The other side of Yemen 18 February 2015

    Yemen has been in the news a lot recently: Shiite (Houthi) rebels assumed power over the country, demonstrations against them are suppressed, car bombs explode regularly in Sana’a, the former President is virtually under house arrest, and there is a clear connection between the Charlie Hebdo attacks and Yemen.