HiiL opens the 2016 Challenges With upto €160,000 available for Winning Innovations


HiiL opens the 2016 Challenges on SME Empowerment and Family Justice with upto 160,000 available for winning innovations

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL), has opened the Call for applications for the 2016

Justice challenges. The Call, which closes on 30th June 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 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 30th   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 1 and 2 December 2016.


To raise awareness about the 2016 Challenges, HiiL will hold information sessions in the following cities:


  1. Kisumu (Lakehub) ­ 20th May 2016
  2. Mombasa (Swahilibox) ­ 25th May 2016
  3. Addis Ababa (iceAddis) ­ 27th May 2016
  4. Kigali (KLab) and Kampala (HiveColab) ­ 23­27th May




About HiiL.HiiL (Hague Institute for Innovation of Law) is a not­for­profit institution based in The Hague,  International  City of Peace and Justice. We are driven to make justice work for people through  new  technologies,  cutting  edge  knowledge  on conflict  resolution,  and new forms  of organisation  and governance.We  partner  with NGOs,  governments  and legal entrepreneurs  to improve rulemaking and conflict resolution processes. Guided by the belief that justice should be accessible to everyone, we work to increase access to justice and enhance the rule of law.





Contact: Evelyne Wangui

Email:  evelyne.wangui@hiil.org


Olufunbi Falayi


Email:  Olufunbi.falayi@hiil.org