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Afriwise - Case Study

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An intuitive web platform for the African legal sector

Jan Solecki
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The Company and Product

Afriwise is an award-winning web platform focused on the African legal sector. Its main goal is to provide simple and affordable access to legal information, with a constantly-growing database.

Its success relies on the community-oriented conception. Afriwise has signed agreements with over 100 law firms from 11 African countries, with more to come; and reunites their enormous legal knowledge into one platform, used by big European companies such as DHL, Deloitte, etc. on a daily basis.

Afriwise has built a legal bridge between Africa and Europe. It creates an easy door for companies to know the different regulations, and stay informed on the ever-changing legal world.

This web application is not only an updated database, but it also gives its clients the opportunity to consult a specific topic they’re interested in - resulting in a continuously evolving & growing platform.


Steven De Backer
After reaching out to 50 software companies, we chose Monterail for their excellent approach to the project, very good reputation, their MVP and immediate result-thinking, and their focus on similar products. But at the end of the day, for us, it was about the people, not the technology they were using. Steven De Backer FOUNDER & CEO OF AFRIWISE

Scope and Highlights


The Challenge

Steven De Backer, founder, and CEO of Afriwise saw a problem in the market: hiring intermediaries for legal counseling was expensive and inefficient. Steven knew what the fast and effective solution would be, however, him and his legal team lacked the software knowledge to create this platform. The concept was clear, but they needed the tools and a team to help them design it and build it.

After contacting over 50 developing companies, Monterail was selected. We took the wheel and prepared a workshop that would adjust to the client’s expectations, using an MVP approach with a flexible scope, while communicating the ideas with little-to-no technical language.

Key challenges of the project included:


The Process

After our discovery workshop, where we agreed on the design and scope, this web platform was built from scratch with Ruby on Rails for the backend, and Vue.js for the frontend. 

Since the MVP product was delivered, Afriwise has grown, updated, and maintained over the last 3 years; big features are still being introduced as new ideas come afloat.

This is how we made it happen:

  • Organized a workshop to agree on a flexible scope and translate the client's idea into tangible deliverables.

  • Creating a user-friendly design for non-tech-savvy users

  • Picking robust technologies that were a perfect fit for the task


Afriwise is one of my favorite projects, and I’m always happy to talk about it. This platform provides a service to which there’s no competition in the African market. Each year, the app gets a new award - which shows that it is a truly innovative solution. Tetiana Glenc Business Analyst

The Outcome

After outsourcing product development to Monterail, Afriwise’s web service is the result of legal information and technology being put together. This idea has now become a tool that revolutionizes a rather traditional market.

Afriwise cuts the intermediaries, forming a bridge and automatizing a collaborative approach. The more centralized Afriwise becomes in the legal ecosystem, the more visibility it gives to the law firms with whom they become partners.

And although the outcome is an innovative platform that wins awards every year (each award being more honorable than the previous one), Afriwise is an evolving solution that continues growing and adjusting, to provide a better experience for the user, without any limitations.

The success of this project hinged on the following factors:

Since then, Afriwise became the first platform of its kind, uniting Africa and Europe in a legal ecosystem, offering a unique solution based on a collaborative model, that has joined more than 100 law firms and 3000+ local experts listed in the database. It’s now the go-to legal database for big companies on a daily basis, with over 4000 logins since 2019, and has won multiple awards in legal and business areas.

Moreover, it has gained a million euro investment from two Belgian investors, to add more relevant content for users, accelerate growth into new countries, and further develop the platform’s technology.