HiiL, an international pioneer in building and scaling up innovative justice ecosystems, has opened applications for the 2017 edition of the Innovating Justice Challenge.
This year, 10 Ghanaian innovators stand the chance of winning up to 20,000 Euros each. The Innovating Justice Challenge encourages innovations that address six main points of justice, including employment, family justice, neighbour disputes, land abnd property rights, crime and law enforcement, and migration and human trafficking.
Applications are invited from teams with an idea and strong commitment to apply for funding in the Call for Innovations (link:https://innovatingjustice.com/en/pages/apply ). In addition, individuals with a particular skill that they wish to apply to the cause of justice innovation can apply for funding in the Call for Talent (link: https://innovatingjustice.com/en/pages/apply).
The criteria for selection include innovations that are 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.
According to Prince Anim, local representative of The Hague based organization, selected teams and individuals will be supported through innovation training, support for their ideas and future support. “Opportunities like this are at the heart of entrepreneurship and innovation in Ghana and Africa at large and we are excited to see what projects Ghanaian innovators are working on to solve justice related problems in our society,” he added.
The HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge is focused on finding and supporting innovations that create rights awareness, provide resolution of disputes and legal problems or improve efficiency and transparency in the existing legal system.
Globally, entrepreneurship has been mooted as a way to reduce unemployment in countries, and Ghana’s case is no different. This Challenge presents an opportunity to harness the energies and capacities of young entrepreneurs in order to give impetus to Ghana’s social, economic and political development efforts. Last year, JustLand, a local Ghanaian startup was one of 10 startups to receive 20,000 Euros in equity free funding to work on their innovation. JustLand is solving land dispute problems in Ghana by making land information readily available and transparent to citizens via USSD.
Applications opened on March 1, 2017 and ends on June 30, 2017 at 3:59pm.
To submit an application, innovators and individuals should visit https://innovatingjustice.com/en/pages/apply