Crime and Law Enforcement


Can you build a platform for citizens to report crimes and for law enforcement to better manage and act upon these reports?

Can you build effective and compassionate procedures for law enforcement to interact with victims of sexual violence?

Do you have a solution to prevent police harassment or corruption within law enforcement?

Are you able to provide people with the tools of presenting valid evidence in their criminal cases?


In the 2018 HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge, we are looking for new approaches to law enforcement and crime issues. The aim is not to uproot existing systems, but to complement and strengthen the existing systems to efficiently provide for the needs of both civilians and governments.

Through our Justice Needs and Satisfaction (JNS) reports, we have discovered that most people experience crime and law enforcement problems in:

  • Police profiling: the poor human rights records, outdated methods and general heavy-handedness of the police add to the public perception of the police as self-serving.
  • Reporting by civilians: while global estimates indicate that about 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence, it is believed that only 15.8-35% of all sexual assaults are reported to the police.
  • Law enforcement processing and procedural follow-up: the poor and vulnerable are likely to receive inferior protection from the state police, especially in countries in which the problems of colonial policing have been replaced by those of divided and highly stratified societies.
  • Structural issues: not only civilians but also governments and police forces have justice needs in this area. In many developing countries, law enforcement lacks the platforms, the funding and the resources needed for establishing an effective system. In addition, many areas are affected by corruption in the institutions of law enforcement.


How can these issues be solved? Check out these startups in our portfolio for inspiration:

  • LegitCar – an app helping people find their stolen cars and preventing stolen cars from being sold.
  • Road Rules – a mobile app to prevent illegal money collection by the police.
  • MSheria – an app to bail out petty traffic offenders and to link them with lawyers.
  • Usalama – tackling the issue of lacking emergency infrastructures by an app that provides a single-point contact to all emergency services.


Want to know more? Check out our JNS reports for in-depth country information. Additionally, check out the links below to get a better understanding of the market for justice needs in law enforcement and crime: