Ukraine's unconventional approach to reconstruction

Digitally savvy nation uses popular app to file compensation claims, access funds and rebuild destroyed homes

Photo collage of a hand holding a smartphone over a photo of destroyed buildings and rubble. On the screen, there is a nice apartment block. The images are tinted blue and yellow.
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Thousands of Ukrainians are using an app to file compensation claims and access funds to rebuild homes destroyed by the Russian bombardment.

It's the first digital government compensation programme for damaged or destroyed homes ever rolled out in wartime, said Foreign Policy. Since its launch last year, eRecovery has processed more than 83,000 claims by Ukrainians, and paid out more than half of them, simplifying what, in conflict zones, is typically a "tortuous and expensive process that can last decades", wrote Yuliya Panfil, director of New America's Future of Land and Housing programme, and Allison Price, senior adviser with New America's Digital Impact and Governance Initiative. 

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