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Innovation Centers

HR&S operates through its Innovation Centers, which are constructed all over the world. To date only

a few Centers have been established and only in micro-scale; these are situated in Togo, Liberia,

Nigeria, Uganda and in Sweden2. Action10 has Program partners also in Kenya, Cameroon and

Colombia. The Centers are meeting platforms for people to come and design and implement their

programs and to have access to products and services to get them started as well as keep them going

until their program are solid and independent.

Thus any person, group of persons, organisation or company can approach any of the Innovation

Centers with an idea or a need. It must be the person (s) implementing the idea that develops it.

In the absence of an Innovation Center in a country the HR&S program is hosted by the Program

partner and within the Program partner office. In case the collaboration becomes strong and useful

an Innovation Center will be constructed in the country where the program is implemented.

The support provided

The Innovation Centers are physical buildings. The Centers offer physical structure support,

investment capital, networking, advice and coaching. The centers in the different countries have

different orientations.

Physical support

a. Office space and meeting venues.

b. Access to computers and high speed internet.

c. Access to projector, camera, cell phones, printers and other back-office support.

d. Access to scientific e-literature, including databases with quality scientific journals and

support with searches.

e. Access to means of transportation.

f. Accommodation.

g. Food and drinks.

Financial support

a. Access to investment capital.

b. Network of investors.

Networking

a. Networking with stakeholders at national level such as;

academia, rural and urban communities, village authorities, local authorities, government

representatives, private sector, NGOs and media.

b. Stakeholder Round-table meetings, such as;

scientific round-table discussion with stakeholders who has a need for scientific research in

the society including the private sector, the government, the communities and media. The

discussions identify new areas of research that the scientific institution can take on, as well

as, the implementation of scientific results.

2 HRS collaborates with Program partners; S.E.VIE in Togo, IDEFOCS in Liberia, PSAN and SpellAfrica in Nigeria,

BanaPads in Uganda and with GPS in Sweden.

c. Network of suppliers.

d. Links to markets for selling products abroad.

e. Network of technical experts.

f. Network of scientific advisers.

Services

a. IT and social media support;

including searches on internet, training on social media and setting up web-sites.

b. Access to national development plans and similar documents.

c. Developing and maintaining formal networks.

d. Action10 / HR&S Finance administration and accounting guidelines.

e. Ten Actions real-time evaluation planning template and guidelines.

f. Glasses.

Links with

Government and

Academia

Network of experts and

suppliers

Links to rural

communities

Investment capital and

potential business

partners

Innovation

Center

Computers , internet, social

media and literature

Market for products

abroad

Workspace, travel

facilities and

accomodation

Coaching and

training

Picture 4. The Innovation Centers provide products and services with the aim to offer opportunities for all.

Setting up social enterprises

It is the responsibility of each partner to identify the areas in which the persons or the institutions

have special skills upon which a social enterprise can be built. For the Target partners it can for

example be women and men in rural villages who produce and sell food, drinks, water or clothes, or

to provide health care or act as teachers.

Finances

The constructions are whenever possible financed by donations and grants. The donors are invited to

attend the opening ceremony of the centers and to benefit from the Center´s network of experts,

advisers, business partners and local stakeholders. The Donors are also offered a ten day visiting tour

in the country guided b local experts, which can address any theme of interest of the donor.

The Centers are designed to host an activity that will cover the running cost of the Center such as

internet café, accommodation, restaurant and tourist support. By doing so the Centers are financially

sustainable as framework of the operations.

The products and services offered by the Innovation Centers to the Target partners and financially

sustained by the Target partners. The payments are either as fees for the services in advance or as

share of business profit as soon as such profit is generated. The operations are financially supported

by ad hoc trainings offered by HR&S Certified trainers, on the topics included in the Innovation

Center program.

The new enterprises are expected to need investment capital and new social programs are expected

to need seed money. One activity of the international Program partner is to provide such capital.

Thus HR&S has as one activity to collect donations and grants to generate investment capital and

seed money. HR&S ensures to the donors care for the partners, honesty and high level of knowledge

about how to invest the money to generate impact.

Investment capital for TP is offered without request of security guarantee as it is a partner

agreement and challenges are faced together. The loan is provided with training and coaching

program run by the PP together. The TP investment is to be paid back with 10 % interest “as soon as

possible”, but the pay-back time is agreed on before the funds are transferred. Successful

entrepreneur can often borrow again and with larger amounts.

HR&S can also provide investment capital to the Program partners in the Target countries. As for the

TCPP the social enterprise is related to the TAS/ROPE and they are offered to use the HR&S written

guidelines and sell trainings and coaching, or build a house and sell accommodation to persons

involve in the program, build and run a school, or buy land, employ Target partners and sell the

cultivated products. The program partner’s social enterprises are often necessary to cover the

program coordination costs in the Target country and the revenues are fully or partly reinvested into

the program. The PP social enterprise concerns the development of ActionTool guidelines as well as

training and coaching on those. Other social enterprises include joint businesses with PP such as

buying goods and sell in Sweden.

If a partnership Terms of Reference is signed between the HR&S and the Target partner, then HR&S

will provide the tools identified by the Target partner that previously hindered the Target partner

from being operation. All services and products have a pre-agreed price and are paid for by the

Target partner. The investment capital is repaid with 10 % interest over a period of time agreed on by

the partners.

Training program

Trainings are offered upon request.

A five days training abroad is offered for 12,000 €; all included but local logistics and VAT.

Coaching program

A coaching program linked to the Centers is offered. The program has four steps; i) training and

coaching on on responsible borrowing, entrepreneurship, and best practices for small businesses; ii)

applying for and securing small scale loans for income generating projects; iii) follow-up training and

coaching help the small business successful becoming become a success; iv) promote the

development of a saving culture to improve the financial stability.

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