We believe that ensuring human rights, social security and social comfort for all requires quality international collaboration, scientific research, innovations and social enterprising.
1. International collaboration
The expected outcome from the HR&S intervention is high quality cross-cultural collaboration built on mutual truth, trust, respect and understanding. Through the collaboration knowledge is shared both ways and trustful relations built and maintained.
2. Scientific research
The expected outcome from the scientific research programme is that the HR&S researchers have access to the same opportunities as the higher income countries researchers, and thus have the same opportunities to do quality research, and to distribute and implement results.
The expected outcome is that innovators in the HR&S programmes have access to the same opportunities as innovators in higher income countries, to develop innovative products and services and to offer them to the society.
4. Social enterprising
To have the opportunity earn our own money is a matter of dignity. To be able to ensure social security for ourselves and our families is core to a good life. The expect outcome from the HR&S programme is that entrepreneurs in our Target countries will have the opportunity to start and run social enterprises.
A holistic approach
Our concept is a holistic approach. The HR&S has developed seven unique tools in order to implement the four pillars in actual practice.
We has developed seven unique tools in order to implement the four pillars in actual practice.
The Ten Actions (TAct)
HR&S aims at framing programmes and collaborations by coaching on core values and institutional framework. The strategy developed by the founder of HR&S builds on a value and operational platform compiled out of ten segments, and is called the Ten Actions (TAct). The implementation of TAct ensures the necessary components for cross-cultural programme and business success such as trust; harmony; equity; open and frequent knowledge sharing, long-term planning, consequence analysis, maintenance of items and structures, firm governance and staff empowerment. The ten segments of TAct are; i) needs driven activities; ii) equal partnership; iii) real-time outcome planning evaluation; iv) strategic partnership; v) institutional capacity; vi) sustainable economy; vii) quality values; viii) resilience; ix) knowledge sharing; x) visibility. In this context, HR&S also offers training on “Leadership and management” and on “Bookkeeping and accountability”.
Cross-cultural partnership (CCP)
The activity international collaboration has to be managed in a professional manner. HR&S targets and prioritises cross-cultural understanding to capture the good and quality values from each partner and let them strengthen the collaboration and even the lives of the collaborators, their families and possibly their entire countries. HR&S claims that good collaboration and partnership is based on good relationship and respect, and that respect in cross-cultural settings builds on a deep understanding of the circumstances of the partner’s conditions (CCP). The HR&S Cross-cultural partnership understanding (CCP) programme consists of thoroughly designed workshops and coaching that allows the participants to reflect over cultural differences and increases their knowledge and understanding of ways of operating in other parts of the world. The coaching frames a reflection over each partner’s expectations and core values. We clarify carefully the input offered by all partners, sharing of tasks and responsibilities, as well as benefits. We look into start-up team-building workshops; joint designing of activity plans the development of agreements and legal support. Experts are assigned to provide products, services and trainings.
Real-time Outcome Planning and Evaluation (ROPE)
HR&S claims further that successful programmes and businesses depends on being continuously assessed and redesigned to ensure outcome and sustainability. The HR&S Real-time Outcome Planning and Evaluation (ROPE) is a programme / social enterprising design and evaluation planning tool that captures the Ten Actions, measures progress and compiles lesson learnt. ROPE provides a strategy for designing programmes based on the needs and the knowledge of the partners, identification of the means required in order to overcome challenges, development of a sustainable economy plan, and establishing the necessary institutional capacity.
Outcome based scientific capacity strengthening (OutSciCap)
HR&S offers an outcome based knowledge sharing programme addressing eight areas of significant importance for researchers (OutSciCap); i) the scientific method and research funding; ii) research methods and tools; iii) publishing scientific results and scientific communication; iv) scientific supervision and leadership; v) implementation of scientific results; vi) entrepreneurship for researchers; vii) advanced scientific equipment operational and financial planning (FAST); and viii) cross-cultural partnership for researchers (CCP). The programme contains workshops, coaching and written guidelines, where the workshops typically last five days, but shorter seminars can also be arranged. The programme captures special support for female researchers with small children. The OutSciCap programme operates and measures progress towards goals identified by the researchers themselves. A sequence of different activities is offered until the goal is reached, such as trainings, workshops, individual coaching, round table discussions, internet searches, access to scientific literature, visits to laboratories, procurement and management of advanced scientific equipment, networking, scientific conferences, international knowledge sharing platforms, and links to research grant givers. The programme addresses research topics that have been chosen by the researchers themselves, both internationally prioritised topics but also neglected research areas that may be more relevant for non-OECD countries.
Functioning advanced scientific equipment (FAST)
HR&S offers coaching and coordination to provide access to functioning advanced scientific equipment (FAST). The FAST programme addresses selection, procurement, transportation, installation, quality assurance, service, maintenance and decommissioning of advanced scientific equipment. A training program on equipment use, applications and maintenance is offered together with the establishment of a network of trainers and service staff. FAST also offers tools for equipment management and for the development of a sustainable economy, arranges stakeholder meetings and technician forums as well as identifies reliable suppliers. The FAST programmes operate and measures progress towards goals identified by the researchers themselves. The FAST programme reaches out to the four Target partners; the university management, research representatives, technician representatives and supplier representatives, to learn from the point of view of the Target partners. Besides sharing from the FAST concept, we would discuss the aspect of having a Central Laboratory.
Basic products and services in vulnerable settlements (BASER)
HR&S has also put a structure in place to implement basic products and services in vulnerable settlements (BASER). This address basic needs that are independent of advanced technical support such as; cooking food, preparing drinks, offering hair dressing, breeding animals, farming crops for sale, sharing and informing about medical drugs, and trading basic products such as soap and spices. Medium-scale businesses are set up around a basic technical tool or service using available knowledge and established procedures; such as solar panels, solar cookers, solar dryers, solar water treatment, ecological sanitation, mills, drinking water wells, sanitary pads, house constructions or medical clinics. Technical equipment, such as mills and solar panels, as well as training on social services, such as solar panel maintenance and ecological sanitation installations; are offered to medium scale entrepreneurs. The medium-scale businesses are often operated through franchising. BASER includes on-site business management and coaching training in rural locations, including; small and medium-scale business training and adapted to local conditions, weekly meetings where the partners discuss progress and sort out challenges, weekly payback collection services.
“The University of Ibadan Multidisciplinary Central Research Laboratory (MCRL) is a testament to the success of FAST (before now called PRISM) in Nigeria. Even though we did not achieve all our objectives, FAST was a huge success in transforming our attitude to the running of research laboratories in Nigeria and your contributions to this are invaluable. We have been able to prove in University of Ibadan through the FAST experience that we can run a research facility sustainably if we pay attention to operational and financial plans and all the strong points of FAST. Even though I handed over as Chairman over two years ago, MCRL is still waxing strong thanks to the sound foundation that we laid through FAST”.