HR&S is a social enterprise. Due to our strong presence and understanding of local communities, HR&S is able to reach under-served populations through flexible and innovative business models. Evaluations demonstrate that public resources spent on provision of goods and services by social enterprises represent a more efficient, inclusive, and sustainable way of using resources than alternative methods. Consequently, governments and donors can benefit from fostering a strong social enterprising sector integrated in the service delivery system.
HR&S offers employment, both in Africa and in Sweden, profit for the local partners in Africa and its owner, services requested for by everyone, products requested for by everyone and tax to the government. We focus on maximizing the social impact for our target beneficiaries while covering our costs and possibly generating short-term profits for our shareholders and private owners. We are a for-profit and non-profit hybrid Social Enterprise. Our RISE invest and our RISE Centres are non-profit, where as our consultancy services are for-profit. Our model has proven successful. We claim to be part of a shift of paradigm that shall end aid dependency. HR&S is non-political and non-religious.
We are a for-profit and non-profit hybrid social enterprise. Our RISE invest and our RISE Centres are non-profit, whereas our consultancy services and shop are for-profit.
HR&S asks for donations for the generation of the RISE invest fund and the RISE centres. Twenty per-cent of the funds collected will remain with HR&S for administration. The rest, minus tax, transfer costs and crowd-funding site fees are transferred to our accounts in Africa. We aim to earn profit on our our shop and our consultancy services; selling seminars, workshops and coaching benefiting from our six practical strategies. We are also looking for opportunities to set up own profitable businesses in Africa.
We are still small and are operating with minimal resources, but we have already achieve a lot. We are, together with our sister organisation Action10, operating in twelve Sub-Saharan African countries and have had a positively effect on the lives of 10,000 people. We are eager to scale up.
HR&S has an honest and transparent win-win agenda that targets social good and financial sustainability for all partners. We value transparency and accountability in ethics and in governance. We are flexible and act fast on direct needs. We face challenges and learn our lessons. We have love and we have care, we do not judge and we are resilient in case of mistakes.
We work in close partnership with local stakeholders in Sub-Saharan African countries. We also partner with companies, institutions and individuals world wide that are interested in investing in Sub-Sahara Africa. The HR&S headquarters is located in Stockholm, and our country offices are located in our target countries.
Full name: Human Rights & Science, Short name: HR&S
Registration name: Human Rights & Science by Cecilia Öman
Type of institution: Social enterprise
Legal status: Private limited company registered under the Swedish law (“privat aktiebolag”).
Registration number: 559014-6568
Registration date: 22 May 2015, Registration Country: Sweden
CEO: Assoc. Prof. Cecilia ÖMAN
Address: c/o Impact Hub, Jakobsbergsgatan 22, 111 44 Stockholm, Sweden
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone No: +46 707 148 150
Facebook: Human-Rights-Science OR hrandscience
LinkedIn HR&S: company/human-rights-science, LinkedIn CEO: in/cecilia-oman
Instagram Shop: african.shop.in.sweden
VAT. No: SE559014656801
Bank: SEB, Bank address: SEB 5273, 10640 Stockholm, Sweden
SWIFT/BIC: ESSESESS, IBAN: SE9350000000052731032863
“Bankgiro” No: 896-6608, Bank account No: 5273-1032863
HR&S engages staff, consultants and volunteer staff. Our team is composed of dedicated and professional experts, with deep understanding and unyielding ethics.
Our team cover the wide range of expertise required for our ambitions mission; the local context, development, scientific research, scientific finding, innovation, enterprising, accounting, cross-cultural understanding and more.
Management & Operations
Assoc. Prof. Cecilia ÖMAN,
CEO, Head of Research.
External Financial Auditing
Ms. Anna-Kari Armandt,
Armandt Ekonomi & Data AB,Sweden.
Ms. Jennifer ERIKSSON.
M.Sc. Johanna ÖMAN
M.Sc. Romina CARRASCO
M.Sc. Petra JÄÄSKELÄINEN
M.Sc. Kwame Osei BAIDU
M.Sc. Courage BOYONNOH SUNDBERG
Ph.D. Mtakai NGARA
M.Sc. Malin VESTIN
Ms. Rada DJUROVICK
Our Advisory Board members are senior experts offering advice on topics influencing the direction of HR&S, acts as ambassadors and seek opportunities.
Prof. Charles O. AWORH, Nigeria.
Prof. Gnon BABA, Togo.
Prof. Akiça BAHRI, Tunisia.
Prof. Berit BALFORS, Sweden.
Pastor Wilberforce BEZUDDE, Sweden & Uganda.
Prof. Yvonne BONZI, Burkina Faso.
Priest Anita ELWESKIÖLD, Sweden.
CEO. Anders KINDING, Sweden (Board coordinator).
Prof. Paul SAWADOGO Burkina Faso.
Leg. doc. Åsa SCHLYTER Sweden.
We turn to our Team o Expert advisers for consultancy when advanced knowledge has potential to improve our interventions.
Dr. Sune ERIKSSON, Application Chemistry.
Leg. Dr. Anna ÅGREN, Health.
Dr. Martin BRITS, Application Chemistry.
MSc. Nathalie PERSSON, Food & nutrition.
Leg. Dr. Åsa SCHLYTER, Psychiatry & counseling.
M.Sc. Naimul Abd, Growth Adviser.
MSc. Erik GUSTAVSSON, Waste management.
Mr. Anders KINDING, Leadership.
Prof. Paul SAWADOGO, Government policies.
Mr. Peter ROBERT, International relations.
Ms. Purity AWINO, International relations.
Action10 is a volunteer organisation registered in Sweden (www.action10.se). Action10 operates under the umbrella of Human Rights and Science (HR&S) and HR&S is providing back-up support to Action10.
Action10 manages the Action Invest fund which is used by pilot project social entrepreneurs, at the start-up phase. Action10 also manages an Afro-Swedish network through which stakeholders in Sub-Sahara African countries can be identified and kept in contact with. These stakeholders may be part of our local support team and may include, auditors, monitoring survey managers and coaches.
President: Cecilia ÖMAN
Vice President Caroline BRUNDIN
Head of finance: Anders KINDING
Head of IT: Christian MILZ
Head of Sustainable economy: Marina VISINTINI
The operations are managed by a group of volunteers that tend to stay one year or two within the organisation.
We work with a variety of parnters, at different levels and with different itensity, depending on the needs.
We can call on our partners for joint efforts, and they can call on us for the same reason.
– Institute des Sciences (IDS).
– Nella Consult.
– Amani Women group.
– Dolas Creation.
– Livelihood Improvement Programme (LIP).
– Initiative for the Development of Former Child Soldiers (IDEFOCS).
– Turtle Ghetto, Kink Grey Ghetto & Du Pont Road Ghetto.
-Little Bassa Community Elders.
– FAST Scientists Association of Nigeria (PSAN).
– University of INES-Ruhengeri.
– Association Solidarité Enfance et Vie (S.E.VIE).
– Leaders and Development (L&D).
– M YAWO.
– Fulany kondji Cooperation.
– School of Agbodjekpoé.
– Ubuntu Art House.
– 256 Creative arts.
– African General Technology Applications Ltd (AGTAL).
– Chisamba College of Education
Impact Hub Global Community is one of the world’s largest networks supporting innovators and entrepreneurs.
Intentional Science programme (ISP) contributes to the growth of scientific knowledge in lower-income countries.
Interview with the Founder
What HR&S is, why Cecilia started HR&S (including ”the why” of HR&S) and her own story as an entrepreneur (both successes and setbacks).
– I started HR&S because I felt the pain of vulnerable people and felt obliged to do my best to contribute to a positive change. I am a scientific researcher by training so I started a social enterprise, as I believe that locally managed scientific research, innovation and social enterprising is driving a healthy country and a positive development.
Managing my own enterprise is crucial also because it gives me the freedom I need to think freely, try new things, to be innovative, flexible and able to act fast on findings, it allows me to invest my work-hours, in doing what I truly believe in.
I acknowledge that I am fortunate and am grateful for being a start-up entrepreneur in Sweden. My country is very supportive, at all levels… adminstration, access to support. The challenge for start-up entrpreneurs in Sweden is maybe the tax level, though I do appreciate the social security the Swedish taxes enables.
Concerning HR&S, I have made it my assignment to try to understand the mindset of vulnerable people. To put my self into the shoes of someone who is poor. If it was me, if I was living in a poor village or slum area, with my three kids that I love more than anything, who would I be, how would I think, what would I do? I have tried my best to interact closely, to live in and spend time with people in vulnerable settlements, to listen carefully, reflect and learn. I have also studies the scientific findings about diffrent cultures and how people’s mindset change when societies move from from farming to industry to knowledge based societies.
My stake is that, if it was me, I would know what to do, what I want, but I would be restricted by the lack of opportunities. HR&S aims to be an entitiy that link up with social entrepreneurs, innovators and scientific researchers in environments that lack opportunities and enables them to implement their ideas in their own communities.
From this platform of understanding, have I developed a set of practical strategies and implemented a package of activites.
The strategies include i) a set of core values, ii) means to ensure trust, iii) cross-cultural understanding, iv) evaluation planning, v) coaching programmes on-ground, and iv) assess evidence of impact.
The imlemented activites are ; i) support centres with support staff, ii) investment fund, iii) coaching programme implementation and iv) real-time collection of monitoring data and assessment of evidence for impact or no impact.
I have started my initiative in Sub-Sahara African countries, where the number of extremely poor is increasing every year.
I claim that HR&S is in the front-line of a change of paradigm, where we leave the concept of aid behind and become independent stakeholders working truthfully and trustfully together, cross cultures and for a common good.
The ”different user layers”, a user story and the everyday problems a certain user of her chosing faces, for example a social entrepreneur in Africa.
– With a mandate like HR&S, we have to be close to several layers of users. We have:
1. The local customers of locally developed products and services,
2. The small and medium scale business owneres, we have
3. The scientific researchers, innovators and social entrepreneurs.
We are also working with:
4. A set of supporters; the auditors, the survey managers, the evaluation planning coaches, financial accounting coaches, as well as the village chiefs, the heads of family and religious leaders. Netx level of users is:
5. The private sector who are interested in collaboration around enterprising in Africa,
6. The instiutions who aims for development or investment and also very importantly
7. Individuals who want Sub-Sahara African countries to grow; it can be leaders, philatropists, influencers, specialists, givers and others.
– A user story can be a social entrepreneur in a ghetto area, burning for helping her people, knowing exactly how, but failing because of lack of the key resources; infrastructure, information, partners, travelling and investment capital. She comes into contact with HR&S, partner up and guides HR&S in which way we can support. Together we agree on a win-win approach where we invest and benefit equally much.
Cecilia discusses with members of HR&S.
HR&S is a zebra, we mix black and white in unique and beautiful patterns. In Sweden and in Africa.
We are hard working and goal oriented,
We talk about the realities, also when they are painful.
We face challenges and we learn, together.
We do not tolerate nonsence, lazyness or corruption, at the same time, we do not judge and we are resilient in case of miss management.
We have love and care and we do not give up.
Honest and frequent communication between all, in Sweden and in our targeted African countries, is key.
Sharing knowledge and experiences, as well as respecting differences in culture, is the cornerstone of success and cannot be emphazised enough.
We reach out to and aim to maintain a close relations with all our parntres at all our levels of users.
We work according to our six strategies, thus including i) a set of core values, ii) means to ensure trust, iii) cross-cultural understanding, iv) evaluation planning, v) coaching programmes on-ground, and iv) assess evidence of impact.
We implement our four activites in actual practice ; i) support centres with support people, ii) investment fund, iii) coaching programme implementation and iv) real-time collection of monitoring data and assessment of evidence for impact or no impact.
We are running about 20 programmes in twelve Sub-Sahara African countries.
”Headlines from the future” (in ten years HR&S has been a resounding success –
draft a headline and sketch for a New York Times feature of this success).
Our take is that instead of assuming that innovation in Africa is simple, we expect it to be as big as anywhere else.
A scientific researcher, innovator and social entrepreneur in Sub-Sahara African countries have the same opportunities as in Sweden and therefore contribute equally much to the public and private sector.
New York Times features equally many black change makers as white, because the number IS equal, and their innovations ARE equally important.
The picture shows an amazing innovation, maybe in space or with AI, with only black people, and the focus is not on that they are black, but on the innovation it-self.
HR&S has Support centres in every Sub-Saharan African country, we have the resources to provide all our scientist, innovators and entrepreneurs with the resources they need, and their ideas are developed and implemented, not only locally but internationally