The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL), has released a shortlist of 36 innovators in the category of family justice and SME empowerment who will proceed to the pitching round of the 2016 challenge. The list includes 6 representatives from Kenya: Baraza (Family justice category),Famalia (Family justice),KnownAfrique Law App (General Legal Tech),Sauti (SME Empowerment),Farming Bay (SME Empowerment),Uwakili (SME Empowerment)
Others on this list include Community Legal Supporters for Women in Tanzania’s informal sector, Slum fighters’ fighters from Rwanda and Uganda’s Bytelex, J2P, Lawyers4Farmers, Puulida, Mobile Legal Aid and Empowering families to access legal justice project. The 36 Semifinalists are from countries across Africa and the Middle East.
Commenting on the shortlist, Wilfried De Weaver, Head of Justice Accelerator congratulated the innovators saying that the justice sector is set to benefit greatly from the efforts of the innovators. “These solutions will impact the justice sector greatly with the citizens and the economy set to reap massively from a better working justice sector.”
The 6 Kenya representatives pitched during the Nairobi Boost Camp event held on the 23rd of September at the iHub. Here, a panel of jurists from across business and legal sectors selecedt the best innovations based on their ability to create impact and sustainability. These will then proceed to pitch at the Innovating Justice event scheduled for December at the Hague Netherlands where the final decision on the grant will be made.
HiiL’s Family Justice Challenge focuses on the promotion of justice solutions that empower and strengthen individuals and family units. The SME Empowerment Challenge is aimed at making it easier for Small and Medium sized Enterprises to start and grow businesses while eliminating justice related barriers that otherwise discourage such growth.