Yunga team receiving its HiiL justice innovation accolade from lead of Evidence and Methods Lab; Michael Katagaya. (Photo Courtesy: HiiL)
Yunga team receiving its HiiL justice innovation accolade from lead of Evidence and Methods Lab; Michael Katagaya. (Photo Courtesy: HiiL)

After listing 10 Justice Innovations finalists from Uganda, Yunga emerged winner with Tunga Innovations Ltd coming in the second place. While, Prison Officer Legal Empowerment (POLE) was selected as Audience.

Yunga a team of about 5 member, came up with a local rescue digital network for neighbors, that allows them to communicate with each other in real time in case of attack. And because of their innovation, the team received a cash prize of 5,000 EUROS (roughly UGX22.5 million) and will as well enter the HiiL Justice Accelerator Programme for the year 2018/19. They will also stand a chance to be selected for a trip to The Hague in the Netherlands where they will join the Justice Entrepreneurship School (JES).

Yunga was crowned winner on Friday 28th, September at the finalists pitch event that was held at The Innovation Village, in Kampala. Pitched to a selected panel of jury; Nicholas Kamanzi; Developer Relations Uganda at Africa’s Talking Ltd, Dustyn Winder; Co-Founder and Managing Partner Akili Ventures, and Barbara Kitui; Resource Person, Family Justice at Justice Law and Order Sector.

We mentioned before in our previous article, that the Hague-based non-profit Legal and research advisory institution; HiiL, main aim is to make justice work for people through new technologies, cutting edge knowledge on conflict resolution, and new forms of organisation and governance.

The institution has been increasingly active in Africa in recent years. Uganda notably, has been actively participating in the competition since the year 2014. Last year, again saw 10 justice innovation selected. Amongst them include; Anti-trafficking app; Safe Futures, GBV victim SMS service Wogana!, Justice Accountability Service; Evidence and Methods Lab, SMS service for Muslim minorities; Muslim Centre for Justice e-Law App, Land Title Search App, Plea bargaining service Pilot Public Defender Project, migrant travel agency; E-Migrate, land dispute service; Protection of land rights under customary land tenure, SMS employment issue service; Citizens Reporting for Justice, and dispute mediator West Nile Mediation Centre.