HR&S provides researchers, innovators, and social entrepreneurs in Sub-Sahara African countries with the opportunities required for them to implement their development ideas. We offer strategies and coaching in order to create an enabling environment for quality scientific research, implementation of research findings and innovations, and social enterprising start- and scale-up.
We have developed six unique Practical Strategies and our strategies have given rise to seven unique Action Areas.
1. Ethical and management principles (TAct).
2. Trust, transparency and accountability (TRUST).
3. Cross-cultural understanding (CROSS).
4. Real-time outcome planning and evaluation (ROPE).
5. Physical infrastructure, financial support, coaching (RISE).
6. Testing strength of scientific evidence for impact (TestE).
- Support centres, RISE centre.
- Investment capital, RISE invest & Action Invest
- Implementation coaching.
- Accountability management
- Team-building & Motivation.
- Branding & Public relations.
- Impact assessment.
OUR PRACTICAL STRATEGIES
1. TAct - Ten Action Principles
Our Ten Action Principles (TAct) is a practical strategy that enable transition from Aid dependency to equal partnership between independent development institutions. The tool provides efficient and effective cross-cultural collaboration built on trust, transparency and accountability, where inputs, operational responsibilities and benefits are shared equally. The Ten Actions are; needs driven programme, equal partnership, real-time outcome planning and evaluation, strategic partnership, institutional capacity, sustainable economy, trust, transparency and accountability, resilience, knowledge sharing and visibility.
You are welcome to download the manual, book a workshop or book a seminar.
2. ROPE - Planning & Evaluation
The Real-time Outcome Planning & Evaluation (ROPE) is a programme management tool that enables local developers to implement their solutions. We compile and address the necessary conditions required to bring about a given impact, including trust, transparency, accountability, cross-cultural understanding, sustainable economy and institutional capacity.
ROPE addresses; development, research management, laboratory management and innovation.
You are welcome to download the ROPE manual, book a workshop, book a seminar, or take contact to discuss a coaching assignment.
We enable transparency and accountability in ethics and governance benefiting from our tool TRUST. Scientific research shows that corruption and crime are prone in areas where people struggle to survive and with the HR&S tool TRUST these challenges are handled professionally and without judgement. Trust is more important than ever and concerns all relationships, it is right at the foundation of the success of any business and partnership and a relationship without trust is not really a relationship at all. Relationships built on trust are also an important competitive advantage, because trust is so valuable and so rare. 15 % of investment capital is invested in accountability measures. 5 % (minimum EUR 300) each in auditing, survey managing and coaching, in this priority order.
You are welcome to download our manual, book a seminar or a workshop, or take contact to discuss a coaching assignment.
4. CROSS - Cross Cultural Understanding
The HR&S Cross-cultural understanding tool (CROSS) offers awareness, dialogue, empowerment and respect. Each culture has its own values and it is not always easy to understand another culture’s ways of doing things, why successful cross-cultural partnerships requires awareness and professional management of cultural differences. The tool captures good values from different cultures and ensure these are strengthened within the collaboration. HR&S states that it is the difference between contexts that creates different cultural habits, rather than the difference between people. We also increase cross-cultural awareness through our shop with items produced by our partners in Africa, as well as volunteer assignments and visits to our sites in Africa and Sweden.
You are welcome to download our manual, book a workshop or seminar, visit our shop, or discuss coaching, traveling, and volunteer assignments.
5. RISE Centre
Our Research, Innovation and Social Enterprising International Centres (RISE) facilitates the implementation of innovations and scientific findings, and start of social enterprises. The Centres are located at our programme sites in Africa and offer shared co-working space, coaching, training, workshops, seminars, networking, expert advice, and financial start-up loans. We offer membership and services to non-members, at fixed rates.
Please take contact to discuss membership or services.
6. TestE - Evidence based impact
HR&S has developed a strategy for providing scientific evidence of social impact, TestE (Testing the strength of Evidence). TestE captures for example randomization, quantitative statistics and contribution tracing. We target outcome, impact, learning lessons, and real-time evaluation planning. Monitoring data is uploaded real-time on ROPEdata.se, a designated IT platform accessible through computers, tablets and cell phones.
You are welcome to book a seminar, a workshop, or a coaching assignment.
OUR ACTION AREAS
The RISE (Research, Innovation & Social Enterprising) Support centres provide the conditions and the tools required for scientific researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in Sub-Sahara African countries to implement their ideas through social enterprising.The RISE centres are physical buildings providing access to workspace, training, implementation coaching, networking, technical equipment, transportation, investment capital, and accountability measures. Each RISE Centre is unique and a specific RISE centre may offer all, or some, of the services. The RISE centres invite researchers, innovators and social entrepreneurs to become members. The members pay a membership fee and cover the cost for services.
The purpose with the RISE Invest programme is offer investment capital to facilitate social enterprising start-up and scale-up.Our partners’ social enterprises shall offer products and services requested for by the customers, and if possible provide employment opportunities. (It can be noted that RISE invest is NOT micro-credit programmes and HR&S is neither a banks nor an aid institution.)
Conditions for loan takers
The loans are paid back with 10% annual interest. Periodical bank accounts statements and annual external auditing are used as evidence for that the investment capital is managed and paid back according to agreement. The first loan shall be small and a second larger loan, and other further loans, shall only be granted if the business is well managed. The loan takers contribute financially with 10 % of the request loan amount, which is paid back when the loan agreement has been cleared.
Our Accountability management targets both ethics and goverance and financial management as well as programme outcome and impact.
1. Develop and implemented a strategy for change that ensures:
i) social impact, ii) sustainable economy, and iii) transparency and accountability.
2. Agree on and implement activities and milestones.
3. Agree on and implement measurable indicators.
4. Agree on and implement how to collect, compile and analyse monitoring data, when and by whom.
5. Agree on and implement how to generate and share reports, when and by whom.
Trust is more important than ever and it concerns all relationships.
A relationship without trust is not really a relationship at all.
Trust is right at the foundation of the survival and success of any partnership and business.
A working relationship built on trust is an important sustainable competitive advantage,
because trust is so valuable and so rare.
HR&S coaches Research, Innovation & Social Enterprising (RISE) programmes in Sub-Saharan African countries, addressing:
1. Research management at scientific institutions.
2. Laboratory management at scientific institutions.
3. Production of goods for sale; clothes, food, drinks, saitary pads, handicraft, shoes, etc.
4. Services; elecrticity from solar panels; milling;training in farming, tailoring, hairdressing, business management; trauma counselling, integration; education, etc.
5. Co-operatives in villages, rural cities, and slum areas.
6. Saving structures.
The main purpose with programme evaluation is to determine whether a programme has an impact and to measure the effectiveness and the efficiency of implemented programmes that are aiming for change. Are we doing the right things, and are we doing things right? There are also many other types of evaluations that are be relevant to our programmes.
The monitoring targets collecting information for testing a claim by investigating whether evidence exists to support or reject it. A claim is simply a statement about the role a programme may have played in bringing about change. We generate a set of quantitative measures combined with qualitative measure in the form of a structured set of stories. TestE seeks the most powerful evidence. The ‘right questions’ are asked of the ‘right people’ and the ‘right evidence’ is sought in the right places.