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Law broadcast

We seek to maximize innovations and technology to expand access to justice and law to vulnerable and marginalized people in Uganda.

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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.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

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

Geographic Focus

Under-served communities of Uganda

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

36 Months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Hi Samuel
The story that inspired your idea itself exposes the huge void in awareness & exercising of rights, legal means of dispute settlement & even essential civic sense in so many communities around the world. In fact such story headlines are a regular in newspapers now and fewer & fewer are rattled by them every passing day. Which is disturbing - apathy towards the plight of our fellow human beings should be reduced. So I applaud that Law Broadcast has taken grip of the situation to spread awareness. I think the beneficiaries of this idea are also identified correctly.

I think though that rather than being just knowledge & protection oriented, the end-goal should dream of using legal tools for personal, mutual & collective benefit. Perhaps the ambition of making people simply aware for trouble-shooting scenarios should further evolve into making people 'interested' in law during day-to-day lives. Legalities behind everyday news items, international legal debates, game-changing verdicts, implications of wrong judgement, etc. - these could make the platform so potentially rich and varied that winter may turn into spring. This could very much blossom into a fresh new media channel that would have it's audience hooked. You touched upon the use of creative content - bit more elaboration on it could have really substantiated how the idea is unique.

I think that's what David / Thomas of Nexus 7 also hint - in the sense that, how much larger & visionary this idea is, with more layers & between-the-lines of legal systems encompassed - compared to Softlaw - does need to shine through. Well that's what I feel, because it's a wonderful mission you've taken up - making justice available for all. Perhaps you could consider taking advise from someone from legal-journo streams.

Would love to know your thoughts here! Also I'll definitely sometime seek the right legal counsel as I venture from breaking big B2B contracts into B2C/P2P micro-contracts in the construction industry here Open Project Teams - Breaking oligopolies, growing formal employment & avoiding middlemen in Construction sector for planet and prosperity! 


All the very best to Law Broadcast
Cheers
Saahil
Open Project Teams LLP 

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Hi Saahil!

Thank you for talking time to go through my idea (Law Broadcast) and I assure you that we identified our beneficiaries correctly. Well knowing that legal problems differ in individuals and communities, we designed an innovative and an inclusive model called Law Broadcast Integrated Operating System (LBIOS) which we will use to bring together all the platforms we work on, social media, websites, SMS, etc onto one management system which will enables us to respond to legal problems in order to deliver the desired results for both personal, mutual & collective benefit. This model of ours will also help us to attend to an average of 100 people every day with the legal information and or guidance requested for.
As for just being a knowledge and protection oriented, Law Broadcast is more than that. Our ambition is in making access to justice readily available to 50 million people across Africa by 2030 and by all legal means necessary. So we will cooperate with different stakeholders and incorporate different programs in our idea without losing our mission in order to achieve our desired results.
Thank you very much.
Kind regards,
Samuel
Founder and Executive director Law Broadcast.

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Hi Samuel
Thanks for your response, although having gone through your idea in depth, I'm already aware of the information you're giving. Still if you are able to assess my suggestions properly and wish to discuss it, will be happy to work with you on those improvements.

If in your endeavors your team comes across specific instances of construction workforce exploitation due to the nature of contemporary contracts please do share with us as we are working on this malaise in the idea Open Project Teams - Breaking oligopolies, growing formal employment & avoiding middlemen in Construction sector for planet and prosperity! 

All the best to Law Broadcast's mission
Thanks
Saahil
Open Project Teams LLP 

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