Last year, JustLand from Ghana received equity free grant from HiiL (The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law) to push their innovation in legal services provision to the next level. This year, 10 similar innovators will win 20,000 EUR each to support their innovation.
HiiL is a not-for-profit institution based in The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice. They partner with NGOs, governments and legal entrepreneurs to improve rule-making and conflict resolution processes. The call for applications to this year’s Justice Innovation, which opened March 1, 2017, encourages two types of application: first, startups with an idea and team may apply for funding in the Call for Innovations; second, individuals without a team or idea can apply for the Call for Talent.
The Call for Innovations has, over the last five years, awarded funding to over 60 innovative justice/legal technologies from all over the world. It is open to applicants with both a team and justice innovation idea in Ghana.
The Call for Talent is a search for individuals with a particular skill that they wish to apply to the cause of justice innovation. Up to 10 individuals will be selected and supported through innovation training, some travel to local events, support for their ideas, and future support.
Applications are particularly encouraged that address six main pain points of justice:
- Employment justice.
- Family justice.
- Neighbor disputes.
- Land disputes.
- Crime and law enforcement.
- Migration/human trafficking.
The criteria for selection include: innovations must be strictly justice related and present viable routes to sustainability, scalability, and the ability to create social impact in their communities in providing access to justice. The innovations should provide a unique idea that does not already exist in a particular region.
To submit an application, innovators and individuals should click here.