Innovating Justice from The Hague to Johannesburg: helping millions, making a difference

What do you know about the Dutch Postcode Lottery? Did you know, for example, that they directly support people with solving their justice problems in Southern Africa? 

In this series, we dive deeper into the history of the creation of our Southern Africa hub, an initiative launched by HiiL and supported by the Dutch Postcode Lottery. Learn more about HiiL and about our work supporting justice innovations across the globe.

In 2019, we became proud partners of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, (Nationale Postcode Loterij), one of the largest charity lotteries in the world. Due to the Dutch Postcode Lottery’s generous support of 1 million euros, we have continued our mission of extending access to justice to millions of people in Southern Africa. The funding has been especially important for HiiL’s Justice Accelerator Hub in Johannesburg, South Africa and the 14 justice startups we support in the region. 

HiiL’s Justice Accelerator is the only startup programme and innovation ecosystem builder in the world entirely dedicated to access to justice. Through the support cycle enabled by HiiL, our Innovation Hub in Southern Africa, the innovators, and the donations from the Dutch Postcode Lottery, we are able to provide training, mentorship and seed funding to justice innovations. This has translated into direct help for those who need it most and tailored to their needs. 

What would you do if you suddenly lost your job, if you needed a divorce, or if you had a dispute with your business partner, but had no legal help offered to you?  

Since the creation of our Hub in Johannesburg, we have helped 14 justice startups with innovative solutions to people’s legal issues. But how does this process really happen? It starts with generous donors, like the Dutch Postcode Lottery, who made it possible for us to run the Justice Accelerator Programme in regions like Southern Africa. The only startup programme and innovation ecosystem builder in the world entirely dedicated to access to justice. Through the support cycle enabled by HiiL, our Innovation Hub in Southern Africa, the innovators, and the donations from the Dutch Postcode Lottery, we are able to provide training, mentorship and seed funding to justice innovations. 

Help is provided directly to those who need it, with solutions tailored to their needs.

Inspiring stories:

Meet Grace, the founder of Luma Law. Luma Law is one of the justice innovations we accelerated through HiiL Innovation Hub Southern Africa. We mentioned justice innovations, and how they are tackling justice problems tailored to people’s specific needs. In this interview, you can discover a success story from the perspective of an innovator, who works towards better access to justice.

“Being part of the HiiL Justice Accelerator has been challenging, educational, fun, door-opening and enormously inspiring! All the things you’d want from a startup accelerator programme.”

Claire Keet-Pollack, co-founder, pop.law

Being part of the HiiL Justice Innovation Challenge helped us transform our Legal4ASM Platform into a recognizable, viable, conducive and go-to legal service for artisanal and small-scale miners in Zimbabwe.

Nyasha Frank Mpahlo, Executive Director Green Governance Zw

This post is a compilation of a 6-part series published on HiiL social media channels. Come back next week to discover more success stories of our innovators in Southern Africa and insights on the working of HiiL Innovation Hub Southern Africa.