Now in its seventh year, globally, the HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge is back and calling for applications for the 2018 Edition and an opportunity to receive specialized training, mentorship and up to 20,000 Euros in equity-free grant money.
Through the Innovating Justice Challenge, HiiL seeks out and supports those who are working on solutions to help people prevent or resolve their most pressing justice need. HiiL supports entrepreneurs in the justice sector through seed funding, a tailored business acceleration process and access to an international network of potential investors.
To date, HiiL has supported 7 innovations in Uganda since 2015 and 30 globally. This year’s challenge will focus on resolving pressing justice problems in three focus areas, namely:
- Family justice
- Land and neighbor disputes
- Crime and law enforcement
According to HiiL, over 88% of Ugandans face a serious injustice annually, but only 5% of those injustices end up in the courts and only 1% of the population can afford a lawyer to follow up on their case(s).
“Innovations and innovators are the pistons of our Innovating Justice Challenge that we run every year,” explains HiiL founder and CEO Dr. Sam Muller. “The Challenge scouts out for the most enterprising, impactful, unique and game-changing ideas that can deliver safe, fast and effective access to justice to all citizens without discrimination,” he continued.
Applications are also welcome for innovations not specifically addressing any of these pain
points but still addressing a pressing justice need in their community. Submissions from public institutions such as the police, Courts of law, Local Councils, Prisons, Justice Centers and legal fraternity are highly encouraged.
Applications are open until May 30.