Uganda’s growing commitment to people-centred justice ensures putting people and their needs at the centre.
data studies launched
rounds of stakeholder dialogues on user-friendly justice in Uganda
Justice Innovators supported since 2016
Justice Innovation Lab held in 2021
created movie about justice leaders
Family Justice Catalogue based on evidence-based working
Uganda takes justice seriously. With a committed leadership and strong civil society, Uganda has prioritised data collection and innovation to become one of the continents strongest advocates for people-centred justice.
Roughly 80% of Ugandans face one or more legal problems every year. The resolution rate for these justice problems lies at 30%. The unresolved 70% of problems relate mostly to corruption, encounters with the police, obtaining identity documents, and employment.
HiiL’s work in Uganda spans more than eight years. In that time, we have developed important partnerships and carried out multiple activities. This includes measuring justice needs, researching solutions, advising and partnering with justice workers to transform the sector, and supporting justice innovations known as Gamechangers. Our approach has focused on five interconnected pillars to achieving long-lasting impact.
Projects in Uganda
Justice Needs & Satisfaction in Uganda
In 2015, HiiL carried out a nation-wide study on access to justice in Uganda. Its provides information and insights on the state of access to justice in Uganda.
Justice Leadership Dialogues
The Dialogues are a collaborative effort between the Judiciary of Uganda, JLOS and HiiL. The first session was attended by 18 people, representing the judiciary, police as well as governmental officials. The objective of the first Stakeholder Dialogue session was to come to a shared goal(s) inspired by the four transformational ideas that meet the requirements of simplicity, closeness and engagement.
Working with innovators
We have supported 15 justice innovations in Uganda till date. Apart from providing the funding support, we provide training to the startups on various areas of business development, financial management as well as mentorship support from the subject experts.
Uganda Family Justice Catalogue
This treatment guideline combines identifiable best practices with evidence about what works in order to provide a more standardised, higher quality way of solving family problems.
Justice Leaders movie
The Justice Leaders is a documentary that portrays the struggle of two justice leaders in their fight for a justice system that cares for its people.
We work with these Ugandan innovators
A community-based informal justice system for civil cases, facilitated by seven elders selected by the community, including women and youth representatives, to promote justice and resolve conflict. Based in Western Uganda, the informal court system has increased access to justice for the poor by making justice accessible and eliminating legal costs that are usually borne by justice seekers.
Evidence and Methods Lab is a civic technology initiative working in the areas of access to information, accountability and collecting what works in generating evidence. It creates smart infographics of complex justice problems in Uganda.
A non-profit organisation that provides free legal information through technology and innovation. Barefoot Law empowers thousands of individuals and small businesses who would otherwise remain underserved in their hope for solutions to pressing justice needs.
A community justice device operating through a local rescue digital network. Yunga connects neighbours to each other and to the police during emergencies with the aim to thwart threatening incidents in the shortest time possible.
Offers innovative and pragmatic solutions to ensure indiscriminate access to justice, not only as a right, but also as a vehicle for defending other rights.
A platform that connects professional experts to individuals with justice related questions. Justice Bot provides legal procedures and information in a simplified, user friendly manner for free.
A self-service platform that enables small enterprises to generate legal documents conveniently, efficiently and affordably in three easy steps! LegIT aims to make it easy and affordable for small businesses to generate legal documents to reduce the reliance on expensive lawyers and other intermediaries.
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It’s been 7 years since we started working in Uganda. In that time, we have applied a strategy centred around our 5-steps approach to make people-centred justice happen. Have we succeeded?
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