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The HiiL has set aside more than R2.7 million for a winning innovations, which will be divided to R330 000 per project.

The 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.

All applications must be received through the Innovating Justice website by June 30.

The HiiL will then kickstart the short listing process and thereafter 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. 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.

“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,” said Wilfried De Wever, the head of HiiL’s Justice Accelerator.

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