Frequently Asked Questions

What is Afriwise all about?

What is Afriwise all about?

Afriwise is a legal information company focussing on Africa. Afriwise solves the historically difficult and expensive problem of getting access to African legal information. Through its innovative platform, Afriwise provides organisations with up-to-date legal and regulatory insights on African countries.

 

The Afriwise platform has been recognised and awarded by industry leaders such as Stanford CodeX, Deloitte RegTech, Global Funds Africa, The African Legal Awards and the NABC.

What can I expect from the Afriwise platform?

We created the Afriwise Platform to offer the most in-depth and up-to-date source for legal and compliance-related research in Africa. Afriwise gives you immediate clarity and practical answers on all your questions regarding African business law. We can also search and connect to the largest community of vetted leading in-country legal experts across Africa on the Afriwise platform.

How can I access the Afriwise platform?

You can access the Afriwise platform from any device connected to the Internet, e.g. your computer, your laptop, your smartphone or your tablet.

What are the benefits subscribers to the Afriwise platform enjoy?

  • 24/7 access
  • Detailed practical guidance and insights on all aspects of any area of business law
  • Overview of the  applicable laws and upcoming changes, as well as alerts to important legal developments
  • Downloadable copies  of all relevant laws and regulations
  • Direct access  to vetted in-country legal experts
  • Valuable tools such as a powerful search engine with relevant filters
  • A newly added  legal procurement tool
  • Country comparisons  of legal knowledge
  • A clarification-request tool
  • Note-taking
  • Access to regular  country-focused webinars  and brown-bag lunches

What content is covered on the Afriwise platform?

What content is covered on the Afriwise platform?

We maintain detailed practical guidance and insights on 19 different legal areas relating to African business law. In addition, the Afriwise platform also provides monthly updated country risk overviews on political, business, operating and strategical developments across the African continent.

What are the African countries covered on the Afriwise platform?

The Afriwise platform offers legal information (practical guidance) on doing business for the following African countries:

 

  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

 

Is the country you're looking for not on this list? Let us know and we’ll see how we can help you. Send an email to for any inquiries in this regard to  Arnaud.Wijbinga@Afriwise.com

 

What are the legal categories covered on the Afriwise platform?

The Afriwise platform offers legal information and practical answers to over 1500 critical legal questions per country in Africa. These questions cover all key categories of law and are structured in a standardised and intuitive manner, making it easy to find and compare information across countries. Answers are provided and continuously maintained by over 100 top legal experts across Africa on the following legal areas:

 

  • Business Structures
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Commercial Crime Competition/Antitrust
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment and Labour
  • Environmental
  • Exchange Control
  • Foreign Investment
  • Immigration
  • Information, Communication & Technology
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Lending and Security
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Public Contracting and Projects
  • Real Estate
  • Trade

Does Afriwise provide sectorial content on its platform?

In addition to our standard offering (detailed practical guidance on business law), we also build bespoke legal universe on the Afriwise platform such as Life Science, Banking and Financial activities, Telecommunication, and more. For any inquiries, contact Arnaud.Wijbinga@Afriwise.com

Does the legal information on Afriwise constitute a legal opinion?

No. Afriwise is a legal information company. Only law firms can provide a legal opinion. However, the legal information on the Afriwise platform enables you to provide better, more accurate and informed, instructions to your lawyer; hence reducing your legal expenses and saving your time.

The Afriwise platform has a Download function enabling you to share the legal information you’ve found with your lawyer when instructing him/her. Also, see our Legal Procurement tool.

What are the labels on the Afriwise platform?


Labels work like tags. They help to group together information that involves a common theme and are designed to make finding information along each theme very simple. We use the following tags on the platform at present, but are adding new ones all the time. Subscribers are welcome to suggest new labels that could be added.

 

Label

Description/Theme

High risk

Selected areas where a particularly high risk is posed.

Reporting obligation

Where there is a duty to report something (this is not exactly the same as a disclosure requirement below, but if in doubt, select both). This can be either periodic reporting (annual, monthly, etc.) or reporting when something happens (e.g. when there is an injury).

Prison sentence

Where prison sentences are possible.

Large/variable fines

Where large or highly variable fines are possible.

Civil liability

Civil liability means liability for damages or financial harm caused.

Criminal liability

Criminal liability means something is a crime or an offence – it is accompanied by either a fine or imprisonment, or both.

Exclusion risk

This means a company or person can be prevented (excluded) from activity (e.g. withdrawal of a licence).

Licence/permit requirement

Where a licence, permit, consent or something similar is needed to conduct an activity.

Unusual requirement

A requirement that is not typical.

Disclosure requirement

Where something needs to be disclosed. It can overlap with a reporting obligation.

Important for foreigners

Where a requirement applies specifically to foreigners.

High risk

Selected areas where a particularly high risk is posed.

Reporting obligation

Where there is a duty to report something (this is not exactly the same as a disclosure requirement below, but if in doubt, select both). This can be either periodic reporting (annual, monthly, etc.) or reporting when something happens (e.g. when there is an injury).

Prison sentence

Where prison sentences are possible.

Large/variable fines

Where large or highly variable fines are possible.

Civil liability

Civil liability means liability for damages or financial harm caused.

Criminal liability

Criminal liability means something is a crime or an offence – it is accompanied by either a fine or imprisonment, or both.

Exclusion risk

This means a company or person can be prevented (excluded) from activity (e.g. withdrawal of a licence).

Licence/permit requirement

Where a licence, permit, consent or something similar is needed to conduct an activity.

Unusual requirement

A requirement that is not typical.

Disclosure requirement

Where something needs to be disclosed. It can overlap with a reporting obligation.

Important for foreigners

Where a requirement applies specifically to foreigners.

How is the legal content on the Afriwise platform developed and maintained?

How is the legal content on the Afriwise platform developed and maintained?

Afriwise taps into the collective legal knowledge of more than 100 top law firms across Africa to transform legal texts into practical legal guidance that takes into account the local practices and nuances of each particular African country. Organisations doing business in Africa can simply log on to the platform and instantly find answers to their legal questions at any time, 24/7, and from any device connected to the Internet.

How does Afriwise ensure the quality of the content?

All answers received from local firms go through a thorough editing process, which is managed by our own team of editors (all lawyers and/or legal journalists with law degrees). The process consists of several phases, which ensures that the answers are accurate, up to date, relevant and practical:
  1. When we receive all answers in relation to a certain category for a country, the first thing we do is assess it to see if it meets our quality standards. If not, it is sent back to the contributor with detailed guidance on how to bring it up to standard.
  2. For each category that passes this initial scrutiny, one of our editors carefully goes through it. Here, the editor checks that each answer actually answers the question and answers it fully, picks up inconsistent answers and questionable ones. The editor will also focus on grammar, spelling, style and consistency. This is important for when we overlay technological tools, such as the comparison tool, which allows users to compare answers across countries.
  3. During this process, the editor raises queries for the contributor to respond to, e.g. if two answers contradict each other or if information is missing.
  4. Depending on the responses received to these queries, this process may be repeated.
  5. The editor then consolidates the responses and one of our other editors conducts a final proofread of the entire category before it is uploaded to the platform.
  6. Once uploaded, the authoring contributor is asked to approve the final version, to ensure that it is accurate and up to date.

How does Afriwise guarantee the content is always up-to-date?

The knowledge base is maintained through close collaboration between the contributors, our editors and our team of legal-development monitors. We have several systems in place to pick up relevant changes in law and regulations:
  1. Upcoming legal reforms are already described in quite some detail in each category and hence are closely monitored by our editors.
  2. We are in regular contact with our local partner firms and regularly enquire about legal developments. Our local contributing firms also proactively notify us about changes that have an impact on the answers provided by them.
  3. We proactively monitor updates in each country that could affect the knowledge base, using a variety of sources.
  4. We have separate, dedicated editing resources to update the existing knowledge base.