Africa

  • ‘Justice doit être ouvert vers la société’

    ‘Justice doit être ouvert vers la société’ 21 November 2016

    By Sam Muller, HiiL CEO

    This was the core message in the opening address of minister Mamadou Konaté to the first conference of public prosecutors of Mali held under the theme ‘the public ministry for public action’ earlier this month. ‘You are’, he said to the prosecutors, ‘a key advocate of the public interest and an advance post into society for justice.’ Minister Konaté wants this conference to take place every year – a gathering at which to reflect on standing up for the public interest and better serving the citizens of Mali.

  • HiiL Justice Accelerator Excels at Bringing Out the Best of Innovators

    HiiL Justice Accelerator Excels at Bringing Out the Best of Innovators 29 September 2016

    The HiiL Justice Accelerator this week wrapped up a landmark 14-day marathon of six events across Africa and Ukraine, highlighting and judging the world’s most innovative justice entrepreneurs.

  • Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Ukraine and Uganda

    Justice Needs and Satisfaction in Ukraine and Uganda 23 May 2016

    By Sam Muller, HiiL CEO

    What do Ukraine and Uganda have in common, besides the U at the beginning of their name? An elaborate justice needs and satisfaction survey was just done in both countries. The Ukraine results were presented on 1 March. The Uganda results on 14 April.

  • 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.