We seek to maximize innovations and technology to expand access to justice and law to vulnerable and marginalized people in Uganda.
The Law Broadcast model of delivering legal services to the beneficiaries.
Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)
In Uganda,for most people the justice system is complex to navigate, expensive and in many cases not capable of producing fair outcomes that reflect the needs of the citizens it is meant to serve. This has caused people to resort to other means to seek recourse,increase the likelihood of violence and further corruption. We are responding by expanding access to justice by providing free legal information, guidance and support to vulnerable and marginalized (these are people who are unable to receive legal information because they cannot afford a lawyer or cannot understand the complex legal language the law is normally shared through).We shall provide our services through the following ways:
1. Using technologies like our websites, social media and SMS platform to disseminate legal information through creative content which is easy to understand by the general population.
2. Using innovative methods to educate our beneficiaries who don't have access to technology platforms or who are illiterate, about the laws that govern them and how to utilize these laws to protect themselves and to enforce their rights.
Through innovative working model referred to as the Law Broadcast Integrated Operating System,we will bring together all the platforms we work on, social media, websites, SMS onto one management system which will enables us to respond to an average of 100 people every day with the legal information and or guidance requested for. This would not be possible ordinarily with a team of less than 10 qualified lawyers. This model, we will also help us to predict the changing trends in legal needs in the country. For example realizing times of the year when land conflicts are more than other times, the times when employment conflicts are prevalent and we will pre-empt those conflicts by sharing information pertaining to those particular topics in order to influence people not to "take matters into their own hands" and to resort to a lawful resolution of the disputes.
Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)
Our beneficiaries are vulnerable and marginalized people (these are people who are unable to receive legal information because they cannot afford a lawyer or cannot understand the complex legal language the law is normally shared through)
How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)
The uniqueness of our idea is in the way we will deliver our legal services and geographical focus areas. Most law companies are profit oriented and lawyers town centered. This has for long created an extraordinary imbalance in access to justice and the law in Uganda: for the majority of lawyers are based in the urban centres, while 84% of the population live in rural areas with no one to attend to their legal needs. Moreover, awareness of legal information is low and the price for even basic legal services is high, beyond the reach of most Ugandans. Law Broadcast’s uniqueness is that we will leverage digital platform comprised of multiple channels–from Facebook and SMS to Skype and a call center–supplemented by free community-based legal outreach, to ensure that every Ugandan regardless of geographical location,gender,education level or economic status knows their rights under the law and understands how to access legal services.
Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)
Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.
Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)
Law Broadcast is a legal service social enterprise that uses legal innovations to increase access to justice and law for underserved communities in Uganda. Technology is the backbone of our approach to delivering legal assistance to the public. It has leveraged the available information technologies and smart-synthesized them with the law to provide an environment where the public can access legal information, aid, and support.
Organization Filing Status
Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.
In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.
I was inspired by the murder of my high school friend Jackson when he was falsely accused of stealing the neighbor’s sheep by mob justice. I was with Jackson when a large crowd formed against him accusing him of stealing their sheep and demanding that he should be killed, who was indeed killed. It was one week after his death that they found out that he was not involved. After my studies, I start Law Broadcast to help people learn lawful means of conflict resolution and how to seek for justice.
Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).
In Uganda, peace is influenced by dysfunctional laws, policies, institutions and practices. People in Uganda have continued to face systemic challenges in resolving their disputes, enforcing their rights, and accessing benefits to which they are legally entitled. Law Broadcast is focusing its efforts to protect the legal rights of vulnerable groups, strengthen dispute resolution processes, and advocate for reforms in dysfunctional laws, policies, institutions, and practices.
In Uganda, prosperity is influenced by fluctuations in peace and security. Many individuals and communities in Uganda have also continued to live with injustice, conflict, and violence, all of which have contributed to poverty and insecurity. Law Broadcast will focus its efforts on strengthening and enhance access to formal and informal institutions that can help resolve disputes, reduce grievances, and advance social justice.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
Law Broadcast will work with strategic partnerships and collaborations to active its aims and objectives and these will include; local village councils, police, gender based organizations, policy makers, law firms and volunteers in technology and legal matters.
As Law Broadcast, we believe that by engaging these partners in expanding access to justice and law in Uganda through innovative approaches can lead to:
• An improved individual quality of life by enabling people to resolve day-to-day disputes through legal means and to feel safer and secure in their communities.
• An empowered individuals and collective actors with more knowledge, skills, confidence, and avenues to assert and protect fundamental rights and responsibilities.
• An improved peace and stability by providing non-violent means for dispute resolution that can help build social harmony and stop the escalation of local grievances into more serious conflict.
Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)
Our strength lies in ever increasing number of Ugandans using mobile phones which is estimated at approximately 24.8m or 70.9 per cent (NATA-U 2017/18) meaning that our services will reach to a bigger proportion of the population.
The presence are many graduates willing to volunteer in helping Ugandans access justice and improve their livelihoods also puts us at a wining position. These volunteers are qualified in technology, legal matters and languages that our beneficiaries understand better
Under-served communities of Uganda
How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)
Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)