Driving Access to Justice

Because no democratic society can flourish without a reliable legal infrastructure

"No meaningful development can ensue without the simultaneous availability of access to legal services."
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2011), Handbook on Enhancing and Strengthening Access to Legal Aid in Africa, p. 10

Legal access must not be a privilege:

Establishing these dimensions is crucial

Awareness

Only a visible legal system can act as a cornerstone of modern African societies

Transparency

A society is built upon trust; transparency is essential to building this trust

Availability

Crimes happen round-the-clock, thus legal services have to be omnipresent

What can we do about it?

Build an app

We can use modern technology and a carefully designed user journey to make accessing the legal system as easy as possible

Relevance

Simplifying complex legal frameworks down to elementary truths and optional deep-dives that have the highest expected relevance for the end-user

Locality

Acknowledging the unique social structure of rural areas, the product connects the end-user with recommended local initiatives for legal education (e.g. (1) pp. 27-40)

Personalisation

Using technology to limit the information exposure to end-users, the product used location, occupation, and other distinctive information to tailor the experience

Symbolic Language

Because of the diversity in languages and accents across Africa, and the high degree of illiteracy, the use of symbolic explanations is useful

We've got help:

These megatrends support our vision

Growth

Africa's strong economic growth makes it the second fastest growing continent

Smartphones

By 2020, over 725 million smartphones will be in use in sub-Saharan Africa

Connectivity

Internet giants such as Google and Facebook support gapless internet connectivity

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Sources and literature shortlist:

(1): United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2011), Handbook on Enhancing and Strengthening Access to Legal Aid in Africa, https://www.un.org/ruleoflaw/blog/document/handbook-on-improving-access-to-legal-aid-in-africa/

(2): Fombad C. M., Razia W., Shaw M., Reitano T., Sing’Oei, A. K., Young, L. A. (2013), Rethinking the Role of Law and Justice in Africa’s Development, http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/democratic-governance/access_to_justiceandruleoflaw/rethinking-the-role-of-law-and-justice-in-africa-s-development.html

(3): United Nations Development Programme (2014), Legal Aid Service Provision a Guide on Programming in Africa, http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/democratic-governance/access_to_justiceandruleoflaw/legal-aid-service-provision.html

(4): Danish Institute for Human Rights (2011), Access to Justice and Legal Aid in East Africa, https://www.humanrights.dk/publications/access-justice-legal-aid-east-africa

(5): United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2011), Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems in Africa Survey Report, https://www.un.org/ruleoflaw/blog/document/access-to-legal-aid-in-criminal-justice-systems-in-africa-survey-report/

(6): Gomez, M. L., Cox, A. (2016), Flying Aquila: Early lessons from the first full-scale test flight and the path ahead, https://code.facebook.com/posts/268598690180189

(7): X, Project Loon (2014), 500,000 km travelled, Southern Hemisphere test flights, https://plus.google.com/+ProjectLoon/posts/bWn1HJmyqLk

(8): Afrobarometer (2016), Ambitious SDG goal confronts challenging realities: Access to justice is still elusive for many Africans, https://www.gsma.com/mobileeconomy/africa/

(9): World Bank (2017), Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2017: From World Development Indicators, https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/26306

(10): GSM Association (2016), The Mobile Economy Africa 2016, https://www.gsma.com/mobileeconomy/africa/

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