HiiL Highlights December 2015

HiiL Highlights December 2015

Shaping new justice innovations

Over 200 guests attended this year's Innovating Justice Forum to meet and interact with justice innovators from all over the world. Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to take part in a series of exciting workshops, attend highly informative panel sessions, and listen to inspirational justice leaders such as Tharcisse Karugarama, Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Rwanda, and H.E. Abdulla A.J. Al-Majid, Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Justice of the United Arab Emirates.

The day’s programme was structured around the core themes of two Innovating Justice Challenges that we launched earlier this year: the SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge East & West Africa and the Justice Innovation Challenge.

At the end of the day, the winners of the two Challenges were announced. 'Legal, Simplified', is the slogan that made DIYLaw from Nigeria the winner of the SME Empowerment Innovation Challenge for East & West Africa, and receiver of a direct investment of $40,000 by the Ford Foundation. Gerald Abila and Michael Kwizera from mSME Garage came in a close second and will receive $20,000. Timothy Mwirabua's ShopOfficer will receive $10,000. All innovations will receive further support from HiiL Innovating Justice and Next2Company to accelerate their impact.

After an excellent pitch, Asha Christian was announced the winner of the Innovating Justice Challenge. The police reporting app Five-0 receives €20,000 plus further support from HiiL.

This year’s Innovating Justice Forum once again proved to be an extraordinary opportunity for those interested in justice innovation to interact with a crowd of outstanding professionals from different parts of the world, and to share innovative ideas on diverse topics - from the building of Justice Cities to justice entrepreneurship.

The enthusiasm and drive of all the up-and-coming justice innovators who presented their justice innovations throughout the day, as well as the highly positive reactions of the present crowd, have only reassured us of the remarkable value and impact that the Forum has. We will impatiently look forward to its next edition.

Read the December 2015 HiiL Highlights