Kenyas’ Famalia And Sauti Startups Among Winners Of Hill Innovative Justice Grant


Kenya’s Famalia and Sauti  are among the winners that will benefit from The Hague Institute for the Innovation of Law EUR 160,000 grant.

This comes after a serious scrutiny  of over 450 applications put under  a 4-month process of selection with ten satisfying the jury on the strength of their team, scope, uniqueness and the ability to meet a real justice need.

FAMALIA is an SMS solution that seeks to empower people to conveniently get information on succession cases (Cases dealing with transfer of inherited property among family members/ dependants). They see to make The process of transferring inherited property from a deceased person easier

On the other hand SAUTI, meaning voice in Swahili, is a mobile-based trade information and social accountability platform for SMEs engaged in cross-border trade in the East African Community. Their mission is to empower cross-border traders to exercise their rights as citizens of the East African Community – able to trade legally, safely and profitably across borders.


Other Winners

The Institute  has picked a total of ten start-ups in the category of SME Empowerment and Family Justice, following a series of Boot Camp events in the Month of September which provided a platform for showcasing these innovations.

The ten winning start-ups have been picked from eight countries, and tackle justice issues as diverse as rural birth registration in Cote d’Ivoire to emergency legal help in Ukraine.

Four of the winners participated in the Family Justice Challenge, and four winners participated in the SME Empowerment Challenge this year.

Two additional winners were strong general legal tech solutions that we felt also have a high potential for providing access to justice. Of the ten winners, four are innovations led by female entrepreneurs.


All the finalists will be invited to the Innovating Justice Forum in early December in The Hague, Netherlands, which will see them pitch to an international audience with the aim of raising more funding for their project.

Besides the grant, the winners will benefit from acceleration support including access to useful networks and expert advice.

View full list of winners here  

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