Baobab Connect - Decentralised case management for lawyers and community paralegals
In this article, we introduce a South African platform that provides a set of tools to track cases, manage teams and measure impact at scale. The co-founders are currently seeking organisations in the UK that would like to be part of the initial roll-out and beta testing.
Access to justice is a problem that requires many moving parts to solve. Intake staff, paralegals, lawyers, advisors, case workers and numerous other people all need to work together to help resolve issues faced by marginalised members of our society. Adding to this complexity is the fact that the role-players often work within different organisations, have busy schedules and limited time.
Baobab Connect is a secure messaging and collaboration platform that aims to address the common problems faced by organisations involved in access to justice. The product functions like a traditional case management tool but looks and feels a lot more like a social networking product. Features include: click-to-invite, referral tracking, documents team and task management.
The project launched this year in South Africa where it has been picked up by several organisations including The Children’s Institute who are trying to solve the issue of undocumented children. There are currently 500,000 children in South Africa who have no birth certificate and so they are working on resolving individual cases, gathering data and then advocating for legislation based on the outcomes. Baobab Connect is a vital part of the success of the project. You can see a video explaining the case study here.
Co-founders, Guy Stern and Stephan Yu are currently searching for organisations in the UK that would like to be part of the initial roll-out and beta testing. Organisations that might benefit include those that are either lacking in a technology platform or are unhappy with their current system. Being an early adopter means having a hand in the design and development of new features.
Guy and Stephan are passionate about access to justice and the role that technology can play in bringing down inefficiencies and maximising impact. For more information, follow the link and complete the contact form.