United for Ukraine (UfU), an NGO, inter alia, providing information and assistance for temporarily displaced people by the war in Ukraine, and BRYTER, the no-code automation platform, have teamed up to provide fast and accurate services to refugees. These efforts are supported by the International Rescue Committee and a Google.org Fellowship.
Helping displaced people access crucial information
More than 14 million people have fled their homes since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The UN Refugee Agency says that as of May 27, 6.7 million refugees have left Ukraine for neighboring countries, while eight million people are displaced inside the war-torn country itself. The demand for informed decisions, safe housing, humanitarian support, and legal advice has been rising day by day.
“To provide Ukrainians with legal aid, we were able to obtain support from 200 lawyers just by the third day of the Russian war against Ukraine. Now, we are cooperating with international law firms, boutique law firms, refugee law clinics, and NGOs from Europe, the USA, Canada, Latin America and Asia, to provide information regarding immigration, education, healthcare, employment, and more, and process individual requests,” says Polina Lehman, founding member of the United for Ukraine Association and Legal Aid Lead.
Providing technological support
UfU’s partnership with BRYTER provides UfU’s legal team with the necessary tools to build digital applications. A total 4 000+ individual requests for 21 countries have been processed since February 2022 via UfU’s Emergency Relief platform www.unitedforukraine.org.
The greatest challenge for the UfU has become responding to the high volume of requests while taking into account the geographical scope, the workloads and law specializations of legal advisors. While many questions can be answered by carefully analysed and prepared Frequently Asked Questions sections, individual requests are still being addressed through the platform. The number of daily requests for individual legal assistance ranges from 5 to 100 requests per day, pertaining to personal issues and support for businesses and startups.
At United for Ukraine, it was clear that we needed a technology-based solution to elevate the management and efficiency of this workstream. BRYTER has an outstanding reputation and I was very pleased when Micha-Mauel Bues, co-founder of BRYTER, offered support. With BRYTER, we could design a solid tool to process increasing amounts of requests and manage workflows with our legal partners on a completely different level.Olga Hamama, co-founder of UfU
BRYTER offers a no-code service automation platform to easily build digital solutions and automate complex services. Adapting BRYTER technology enabled UfU to provide a high quality case flow and management tool that enables Pro Bono partners to access pending matters based on their location and expertise. UfU’s team receives a profound overview of processes and can react accordingly, easily following growing demands and developments and adopting the offering based on the clients’ needs.
“We’re committed to supporting the right to legal access, and it has been incredibly rewarding to partner with the United for Ukraine Association to create a tool to help the victims of this war and support displaced people in their struggle for freedom,” Jakub Makowski (Manager of the BRYTER Open Program), says.
About United for Ukraine (UfU)
United for Ukraine (UfU) provides scalable tech based emergency and humanitarian relief and long term prosperity and justice for Ukraine. Powered by sustainable entrepreneurship, innovation and a high impact support network in legal and business, UfU helps displaced individuals and businesses and implements projects aiming at rebuilding strong Ukraine.
Emergency Relief Platform: https://www.unitedforukraine.org
NGO Website: https://unitedforukraine.org.ua/
BRYTER is the no-code app builder that enables business experts to build digital apps. BRYTER gives enterprise teams the tools to build digital applications to provide faster, more accurate services to their colleagues, without programming. BRYTER is especially geared to professionals in law, compliance, accounting and finance, who use workflow automation and no-code to streamline complex, recurring decisions and scenarios. Global brands from consumer industries (McDonald’s), through financial services (ING Banking Group) to professional service firms (Deloitte, PwC and KPMG), use BRYTER to deliver services digitally. BRYTER is a remote-first company with offices in New York, Boston, London, Paris, Frankfurt and Berlin. www.bryter.com
About the IRC
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people affected by humanitarian crises—including the climate crisis—to survive, recover and rebuild their lives. Founded at the call of Albert Einstein in 1933, the IRC is now at work in over 40 crisis-affected countries as well as communities throughout Europe and the Americas. We deliver lasting impact by providing health care, helping children learn, and empowering individuals and communities to become self-reliant, always seeking to address the inequalities facing women and girls.
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