Our Mission


Although researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in lower-income countries present amazing development ideas, their solutions are often unrecognised and unsupported.  Consequently, locally developed and locally adapted solutions are not implemented and local advanced companies are not started. Thereby the societies lack access to products, services and employment opportunities that would otherwise have improved people’s lives. This also limits the tax income to the government, why these countries tend to lack advanced education structures, social security systems and resourceful local institutions. Moreover, international negotiations and international trade becomes unbalanced and lower-income countries remain behind in the international competitive arena. Thus, there are many reasons to strengthen the implementation of locally developed solutions.

Human Rights & Science (HR&S) claims that people in lower-income countries will work their way out of poverty if they are given the opportunities, and our mission is to ensure that developers in Sub-Saharan Africa benefit from the same opportunities as developers elsewhere. We create an enabling environment for quality scientific research, we enable the implementation of research findings and innovations, and we support social enterprising start and scale-up. We promote human rights, transfer of knowledge, cross-cultural understanding, transparency, accountability, evidence based impact, equal partnership, sustainable economy and international collaboration.  HR&S is a non-political and non-religious social enterprise that works in close partnership with local institutions, we are flexible, efficient and act fast on direct needs.

Our strategy has proven successful. We have ten years of experience and are already, together with our sister organisation Action10, operating in twelve Sub-Saharan African countries and have affected the lives of 10,000 people.

We claim to be part of a shift of paradigm that shall end aid dependency. Our strategy promotes autonomy and opposes the traditional aid giver – aid receiver attitude, as well as aid driven NGO’s. It seems that the Aid industry is predicting outcome rather than measuring impact, while the number of people living under extremely poor conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa is increasing. Besides the pain of struggling to survive, the poverty causes vulnerability, conflict, corruption, crime, violence and forced migration. There are many reasons for eradicating extreme poverty.

We seek equal partnership with development institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, with whom we share input, responsibility and benefits equally and secure partnerships based on trust, honesty and harmony. We seek strategic partnership with major givers who wish to contribute to our start-up fund, and we seek collaboration with international development institutions to whom we offer seminars, workshops and coaching on our model. We welcome experts join our expert committee and we offer cross-cultural awareness through our visiting programme and our shop with African handicraft.


Cecilia Öman
Executive Director, HR&S

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