Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Let's say the evidence used to convict an accused was obtained under torture. Were it accepted in court it would violate fair trial criteria. Using our fair trial app, with discretion, this could be identified & publicly reported by defendants' supporters, lawyers, NGOs, consulates, etc., deterring the use of such evidence &, therefore, the violent methods used to obtain it. The app would also help identify occasions when a judge was not acting impartially; but was convicting despite guilt not having been proved beyond reasonable doubt. This might suggest corruption or improper influence, which could be investigated. Information like this, empowers & is a catalyst for civil society to organise & act. In Indonesia we have proved this works.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
The potential impact is huge and easily measured by existing indices.
The fairness of trials in countries and the strength of the rule of law in states, can be measured by, for instance, the World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index and Transparency International's reports on legal system corruption.
Furthermore, since fair trials and equality before the law are often prerequisites for economic, social & political development, improvements in these latter show up in a variety of indices that measure annual increases in GDP, GNP, GDP per capita, GNP per capita, as well as inequality of wealth, unemployment, economic structure, demographics, etc. For example, the Human Development Index (HDI) published by the United Nations Development Programme, measures life expectancy, education and income.
The ultimate measure is the extent to which people can live in dignity and justice.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
In the short-term: measurable improvements in legal system transparency and accountability, civic engagement & reform.
In the medium-term: a reduced incidence of legal system corruption, violence, human rights abuse & injustice.
In the long term: greater legal stability & predictability, reduced levels of corruption, improved commerce & standards of living, reduced environmental degradation, reduced levels of conflict, etc.
The project is highly scaleable & imitation likely. We plan penetrating the Philippines, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Russia and Nigeria over the next 5 years.