The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL), has opened the Call for applications for the 2016 Justice challenges. The Call, which closes on June 30, 2016, will accept applications in the fields of Family Justice and SME Empowerment from innovators across Africa and the Middle East. Up to EUR 160,000 (US $180,800) is available for the winning innovations.
The criteria for selection include innovations that are strictly justice related with an expected impact over the areas of focus. The innovations must also have sustainability, scalability, create impact and be unique.
Commenting on the challenges, Head of HiiL’s Justice Accelerator, Wilfried De Wever stressed the importance of widening the scope to cover more issues across Africa. “There are increasingly more justice needs requiring our attention and yet the level of providing solutions has remained the same over the years. This is now leaving out a number of citizens uncovered and unprotected by existing justice systems.Our recently launched report on Justice Needs in Uganda has prompted us to include a Family Justice category to encourage generations of effective solutions on family matters in the region.”
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.
Upon the expiry of the June 30, 2016 deadline, the short listing process will begin after which the shortlisted candidates are expected to embark on an online campaign. The adjudication team will do a wild card selection and various innovators will have a chance to crowdsource for funding. Just like last year, the most promising innovations will be invited to pitch to an international audience during the annual Innovating Justice Forum taking place in The Hague on December 1 – 2, 2016.