HR&S Head Quarters in Sweden

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.

HR&S offers training of trainers addressing our Branch Teams, on the SfC, so that they can easily also train the RISE members.

For-profit and non-profit hybrid social enterprise

HR&S is a non-profit and for-profit hybrid social enterprise without external shareholders.

Justification

Social enterprise: The purpose is to offer social good while ensuring that sustainability is ensured through a business plan. The overall management and administration take place at the HR&S headquarters in Stockholm, where overall policies are shaped. Operations locally are coordinated by the local HR&S RISE Support Centres and implemented by our local Programme Management Partners. We also partner with companies and institutions worldwide that are interested in investing in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Non-profit: The RISEinvest, ActionInvest and RISE Centres programmes are non-profit. We seek donations for the non-profit side of our operations; i) the generation of the RISEinvest and ActionInvest investment capital, and ii) for the start-and scale-up of the RISE Support Centres. ActionInvest is managed by Action10, which is sub-division of HR&S. Action10 is registered as an independent association, it is run by volunteer staff only and benefits from institutional capacity support from HR&S.

For-profit: Our workshops and coaching services are for-profit. We do not have external shareholders, and the profit is usually reinvested, while it may also be shared among the employees as bonuses in order to appreciate good work.

Head Quaters in Sweden

  • Management & Operations.
  • Advisory Board of Trustees.
  • Expert advisers.
  • Action10.

Local branches in Sub-Sahara African countries

Each local branch manages a HR&S RISE Support centre.

  • Team-leader & deputy team-leader.
  • Team of operations.
  • Accountant.
  • Auditor.

Company data

Full name:  Human Rights & Science
Short name:  HR&S
Registration name: Human Rights and 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: Impact Hub, Jakobsbergsgatan 22, 111 44 Stockholm, Sweden
E-mail: info@humanrightsandscience.se, Phone No: +46 707 148 150
Website: www.humanrightsandscience.se
www.facebook.com/humanrightsandscience
www.linkedin.com/company/human-rights-and-science
https://twitter.com/ceciliaoman
Instagram Shop: african.shop.in.sweden
Moms nummer / 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
Account holder name: Human Rights And Science AB C/O Cecilia Öman

Strategy for Change

Mission

Human Rights & Science (HR&S) is challenging the fact that the number of extremely poor people in Sub-Sahara African countries is increasing every year, while governments annually invest 150 billion USD into the development aid sector (ODA). Our vision is a shift of paradigm where aid dependency is replaced by international equal partnership and extreme poverty is eradicated. We claim that scientific research, innovation, and social enterprising drive the transition and offer coaching to academic institutions, scientific laboratories, institutions supporting social entrepreneurs. We also offer support to and development institutions in Sub-Sahara African countries and to international development institutions on how to manage the transition from aid dependency to equal partnership. We also offer CSR opportunities and deals to suppliers.  

Our services benefit from 15 years of experience from operating in Sub-Sahara African countries in close collaboration with local stakeholders. We have developed a unique and innovative ToolKit; Practical Strategies, Set of Resources and ActionAreas from lessons learned and informed decisions.
– Management Strategies: ActionPrinciples presenting our code of conduct, Real-time outcome planning & evaluation, Strategy for Change, Testing evidence of progress, Trust, and Cross-cultural respect.
– Coaching Resources: Local support centres, business loans, loans to procure equipment, thematic networks, and expert advisers.
– Action Programmes: Local social enterprises being empowered, training & coaching on the HR&S ToolKit, webinars by expert advisers, as well as ActionTalks and ActionEvents targeting cross-cultural respect.

Background

The number of extremely poor people in Sub-Sahara African countries is increasing every year, at the same time as more than 150 billion USD (150×109) in is invested into the aid sector every year (ODA), by governments and another xxx from volunteer donations and yet another from the diaspora. Aid was initiated already in the 1960s xxx

Social enterprising is a powerful development institution; social enterprises offer products, services, employment and supplier opportunities requested for, they reach the under-served communities, and they generate tax income to the government. Despite this, it is often very difficult to start and run social enterprises in Sub-Sahara African countries due to absence of fair funding opportunities as well as logistical hurdles. Moreover, social entrepreneurs often experience an unfair competition from the Aid sector, which offers products and services for free.

Adding to the challenges are that although scientific researchers and innovators in Sub-Saharan Africa present amazing solutions to national and international challenges, their ideas are often unrecognised and unsupported. Consequently, scientific findings and innovations tend not to be implemented, and related businesses not to be started.

As a result, many living in Sub-Sahara African countries lack access to products, services and employment opportunities that would otherwise have strengthened the society. This also reduces the tax income to the government and thus results in fewer institutions for advanced education, social security and other resourceful institutions. Moreover, international negotiations and international trade tend to be unbalanced and some countries tend remain behind on the international competitive development arena.

The Aid sector often support local organisation rather than social entrepreneurs and often it seems without sustainably empowering the local structures; not meeting the need and desires of the local communities and institutions, creating long-term employment, strengthening local suppliers or generating tax income to the country.

Context

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Ambition

HR&S challenges the situation and argues for shift of paradigm.

A shift of paradigm

Human Rights and Science (HR&S) argues for an efficient implementation of locally developed solutions while generating income from the beneficiaries, the customers. We aim to facilitate high quality scientific research, advanced scientific laboratories, social enterprising and global development generating evidence based impact in Sub-Sahara African countries. HR&S argues further that development programmes have to be requested for by the community where is to be implemented, and the community member themselves have to be in charge of the implementation, with the support from others. A shift of mind-set is required and this shift of mind-set constitutes the main challenge.

Our proposed solution

We offer training and coaching to national academic institutions, advanced laboratories, and development institutions that empower researchers, technicians, and entrepreneurs. We also offer training and coaching to governmental institutions and global development institutions, as well as opportunities to support our programmes that empowers researchers and social entrepreneurs who reaches the poor and the extremely poor communities with livelihood improvement products and services. Our concept is social enterprising; thus the customer pays for the social good provided. We also offer business loans.

Outcome challenges

  • The main challenge HR&S has to handle is that local and international social enterprises have to compete against the rich and powerful aid sector’s offer of free products and free services.
  • Also, the aid sector tends to also create a mindset where local stakeholders argues “help-me” and turn to aid institutions for the provision of money, products, services, training, administration, coordination research funds, investment capital, per-diem, equipment, repair, consumables, travels, networks, mentorship etc. Even academic professors and government staff tend to turn to the aid sector for donations instead of building and promoting strong academic institutions and a strong private sector, ensuring locally adapted scientific findings, products and services as well as employment and tax.
  • It seems also that we have a situation where some “beneficiaries” appreciate support but without being obliged to generate measurable results. Donations may be accepted but may be used in a different way than agreed on. On the other hand, the aid sector may decide to implement “development programmes” that has been designed by people outside the community where it is supposed to be implemented, and therefore is not supported by the local communities when implemented. All of this results in that sustainable impact is not reached.
  • Challenges facing HR&S is also corruption as a social norm and lack of rule-of-law.
  • Moreover, setting up and maintaining businesses is complicated in many SSA countries.

Activity 1

Offer support packages
All support packages are tailor-made to address the concern of our customers and the price is adjusted to the context. We also offer training to researchers, technicians, social entrepreneurs and developers and request that institutions supporting and employing them cover the actual cost of and that the participants only pay EUR 20 per person (EUR 10 for students and unemployed persons) per 10-hour training.

During the training sessions on the HR&S management strategies, we use an interactive approach where lectures are combined with open discussions, group work and at the end of a training, an examination. Participants passing an examination are entitled to a certificate and can seek to become a member of an HR&S network. When concluding a training each participant and institution will have developed a distinct roadmap that will guide exactly on the steps to take in order to reach a certain goal, which has been defined by the participant as part of the training.
During the coaching we facilitate the implementation of the roadmap while measuring evidence based progress or lack of progress, while carefully learning lessons and make informed decisions to empower our partners’ implementation of the road-map. We back up the coaching with thematic training, business loans, equipment loans, auditing, mentorship, expert advice, networking and physical infrastructure.
Our interventions are adapted to the realities through our local HR&S branches with local staff in Sub-Sahara African countries that offers local thematic training, coordination and annual financial auditing. The branches also operate as support centres for carefully selected members and provides internet, computers, venues, co-working space, training and direct assistance.

Four target areas – overview

1.      Scientific research: We offer training and coaching to university managements with the aim to increase the world ranking of, as well as the financial income to, the university. Support packages are tailor made to meet goals such as increased number of research grants, publications in peer-reviewed journals and implemented scientific findings generating income.
2.      Advanced laboratories: HR&S offers training and coaching on laboratory management benefitting from the HR&S Practical Strategies, Set of Resources and ActionAreas, with the aim to address access to functioning advanced scientific equipment and reach a sustainable economy for the laboratory. We also offer loans to invest in advanced scientific equipment and the related service and maintenance programmes; loan-takers must have a certificate from a HR&S training on the “Strategy for Change” tool and a convincing business plan. In addition, we offer to negotiate a favourable deal with Agreed Suppliers; Agreed Suppliers are suppliers of scientific equipment supported by leading international manufacturers.
3.      Social enterprising: One of our larger programmes are our partnerships with social entrepreneurs in Sub-Sahara African countries, where we empower small and medium scale businesses and improve livelihood for the under-served population.HR&S offers training and coaching to institutions that support social entrepreneurs in Sub-Sahara African countries. We develop tailor-made practical strategies that enables the institutions to ensure profit, accountability and sustainability for their supported entrepreneurs.We also collaborate around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) ensuring social impact while generating benefits for the CSR company. We tailor-make CSR packages that are directly related to the company’s mission and engage employees, customers, suppliers, and shareholders.We collaborate with “Agreed Suppliers”. Agreed suppliers are suppliers of scientific equipment supported by leading international manufacturers. We offer to Agreed Suppliers to bridge between them and scientific laboratories in Sub-Saharan countries and thereby increase the sales volume.
4.      Global development: We offer training and coaching to institutions that support global sustainable development and to policy-makers. We jointly develop practical road-maps on how to reach goals while measuring progress and impact. Our support benefits from our network of scientific, business, and under-served community stakeholders and ongoing development programmes. We also offer cross-cultural awareness raising services; monthly HR&S stakeholder knowledge sharing meetings, quarterly social events, social media interactions, seminars and workshops, as well as sales of products from partners in Africa.

Milestones

xxx

Output
Managing lessons learned & informed decisions

Lessons learned and Informed decisions are announced on the partner website as they appear. HR&S develops organically. 
Every strategy and new strategy is tested against progress markers. The progress markers, outcome and impact guides further actions. HR&S does not go against progress markers and outcome.
For example, one progress marker is the number of publications where HR&S have been acknowledged. If researchers depend on external support to manage, they will not be able to publish and there will be no such outcome, why free training events, or support with having research grants or free pieces of equipmnet, consumables, IT, or administration, shall not be offered. But coaching to insitution managements on Progress markers, and as part of generating high scores on the progress markers, insitutions may request and pay full price for HR&S training to researchers on the Startegy for Change.

Output
Operations

  • 2021: Four 10 h seminars by the CEO, each addressing our four areas of expertise.
  • We have registered local branches in Sub-Sahara African countries, a volunteer driven organisation in Sweden, and held 100 webinars, workshops and seminars.
  • Our team is composed of 30 local trainers, project managers and auditors, 20 volunteers in Sweden, 30 expert advisers, and four part-time staff members at HR&S HQ Stockholm.

Output
To date we have:

  • Developed unique and innovative practical strategies, tools and resources that have proven successful.
  • Held 100 webinars, workshops and webinars with 200,000 participants, of different size and orientation, within and outside Sub-Sahara African countries, benefiting from our own practical strategies, tools and resources.
  • Coached 30 social entrepreneurs.
  • Assigned 30 expert advisers.
  • Registered branches and assigned operations team, trainers and auditors in eight Sub-Sahara African countries; Burkina Faso, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.
  • Developed four thematic networks for: researchers, technicians, social entrepreneurs and global developers.

We are actively:

  • Providing 50 training sessions to around 200 individual stakeholders yearly.
  • Coaching 20 social entrepreneurs.
  • Auditing our 20 partner social entrepreneurs yearly.
  • Linking 10 stakeholders with our expert advisers for guidance, yearly.
  • Managing four networks with 100 members by keeping communication platforms, facilitating initiatives and offer training.
  • Empowering three CSR programmes.

Our expert advisers have provided guidance around:

  • How to protect against Ebola in Liberia.
  • How to protect against Covid-19.
  • Trauma counseling.
  • Laboratory accreditation.
  • The business model canvas.
  • How to do scientific research.
  • ActionTalks

Progress markers

xxx

Outcome

2021: One expert adviser Dr Murthy held a 12 h webinar on the scientific method.

To date we have reached 10,000 persons who have benefitted from sustainable improved livelihood, we are actively coaching 20 social entrepreneurs in parallel who reach 1000 customers with livelihood improving products and services.

Outcome
To date we have:

Scientific institutions

  • Enabled 10 scientific institutions to benefit from progress markers for their academic performance assessments.
  • Enabled 100 researchers to have access to laboratory services.
  • Empowered 10 researchers to publish.
  • Empowered 10 researchers to implement scientific findings.
  • Enabled 10 researchers in HR&S training to manage an exam and have a certificate.

Laboratories

  • Enabled 10 scientific laboratories to benefit from progress markers for their performance assessments.
  • Empowered 10 laboratories to become profitable.
  • Empowered 20 laboratory technicians in offering laboratory services.
  • Enabled 20 technicians in HR&S training to manage an exam and have a certificate.

Social enterprising

  • Prepared farm land and cultivated crop as well as built houses for 20 stakeholders to prepare for reintegration of previous child- soldiers and women who went with fighting forces, in Liberia.
  • Empowered a business locally producing and selling sanitary pads un Uganda.
  • Enabled mill businesses in the villages in Togo to start and enabling the growth.
  • Enabling a tailoring business in slum area Kibera in Nairobi to grow.
  • Enabling a tailoring woman enterprise in Nairobi to grow.
  • Enabled solar-panel businesses for charging in the villages in Togo to start and enabling the growth.
  • Enabled solar-panel businesses to serve a hair salon in a village in Togo to start.
  • Enabled a cold-storage for fish business in Liberia.
  • Enabling a coffee business in Uganda to grow.
  • Enabling hair salons in Uganda to start.
  • Enabling a coding business in Nigeria to grow (idea).
  • Facilitated for a private laboratory in Burkina Faso to become accredited.

    Our partner social entrepreneurs that we are coaching,

    have empowered their stakeholders by
    :
  • Enabled 300 villagers in Togo, mainly women, to start or scale their businesses.
  • Enabled 100 children in the villages in Togo to have primary education and manage the final exam.
  • Enabled access to a mill for 100 persons in the villages in Togo.
  • Enabled 100 villagers in Togo to have access to solar-panel for charging cell-phones and torches have access to lich and radio. The light is also use to serve girls to do their home-work after household duties are done and it has become dark.
  • Enabled 20 women to run a business around sanitary pads locally produces in Uganda.
  • Provided education in the English language to 200 adults in evening classes in Nigeria.
  • Implemented a survey in the ghettos of former child soldiers and women who went with fighting forces in Liberia, identifying individuals and their wished for future plans.
  • Protected 300 inhabitants in Ghetto in Monrovia areas against Ebola, by providing soap, water, information and structures.
  • Enabled 20 villagers in Kenya to take loans.
  • Taught 40 young women from Kamwoya, a slum area in Kampala Uganda, who had left school, how to work in a hair salon.
  • Employing girls from slum areas in Kampala, in hair salons.
  • Empowering small scale and remote coffee growers in Uganda buying their coffee at fair price.
  • Offering internship for university students at advanced laboratories in Burkina Faso.
  • Providing loans for tuition fees in Liberia (idea).
  • Enabling mothers in Nigeria to learn coding (idea).

Overall

  • Enabled 10,000 persons to have a sustainably improved livelihood through the services provided by the social entrepreneurs we are coaching.
    Details: 300 village business women each sustain a family of ten 3,000 xxx
  • Enabled 20,000 persons to have access to products that was not available before through the services provided by the social entrepreneurs we are coaching. Xxx

Global development

  • Enabled 10 global development institutions to benefit from progress markers for their performance assessments.

Sustainable Impact

To date we have:

  • Enabled 100 small businesses in villages in Togo to become profitable and independent of HR&S support.
  • Enabled 10 scientific institutions to benefit from progress markers for their academic performance assessments, and keep the structure as part of their academic curriculum.
  • Enabled 10 scientific laboratories to benefit from progress markers for their performance assessments, and keep the structure as part of their business management.
  • Enabled 10 advanced laboratories to become profitable and independent from HR&S.
  • Enabled 10 social enterprise RISE members to become profitable and independent from HR&S.
  • Enabled 10 scientific laboratories to benefit from progress markers for their performance assessments and keep the structure as part of their evaluation planning structure.

Customer segments & value propositions 

1.     Scientific research Scientific institutions

  • We offer training and coaching to managements of scientific institutions in order to increase scientific capacity of and financial income to the institution – REACH (Research Management). Support packages are tailor made to meet goals set by the institution, such as increased number of; research grants, publications in peer-reviewed journals, implemented scientific findings, and income generating activities. Participants in training events and coaching sessions will develop road-maps on how to how to reach their goals while measuring progress and impact as well as learning lessons and take informed decisions.
  • The support packages also include training for researchers addressing the scientific method; generating, disseminating and implementing scientific findings, seeking research grants and generating income from scientific knowledge and findings. In addition, the programme can include training of laboratory technicians and technologists as well as entrepreneurs.
  • We also manage a network for researchers.

2.     Advanced laboratories

  • We offer training and coaching to laboratory managements addressing advanced scientific equipment; the procurement, transportation, installation, use, service, maintenance, accreditation, insurance and safety, as well as income generation to the laboratory – FAST (Functioning Advanced Scientific Equipment). We develop practical strategies with indicators that measure operations efficiency and ensures a sustainable economy. Each participant and institution develops a road-map on how to reach their goals while measuring progress, learning lessons and take informed decisions.
  • The support packages also include training for laboratory technicians and technologists as well as researchers and entrepreneurs.
  • We also manage a network for technicians and technologists.
  • We offer a small business loan with 10 % interest to eligible laboratories. 
  • Moreover, through our collaboration with Agreed Suppliers can we sometimes offer favourable deals.

3.     Social enterprising

Institutions supporting social entrepreneurs

HR&S offers training and coaching to institutions supporting social entrepreneurs in Sub-Sahara African countries. We develop tailor-made practical strategies targeting profit generation, accountability and sustainability for the entrepreneurs they support, including measurable indicators and practical road-maps for reaching the institution’s goals.

  • The support package also includes training for social entrepreneurs where we address strategic planning, reaching out to customers, accounting and accountability.
  • We also manage a platform for networking between entrepreneurs.
  • The support package in addition includes coaching of carefully selected social entrepreneurs who have been selected through assessing accountability and internal motivation. The chosen entrepreneurs are offered financial loans, training, coaching, expert advice, networking and physical infrastructure. They become members of our local Support Centres, which are managed by our country branches.

Companies with CSR programmes

We tailor-make CSR packages that are directly related to the company’s mission. We target social impact while generating profit for the company and engaging employees, customers, suppliers, consumers and shareholders.

  • We work with webinars, workshops, seminars and events targeting cross-cultural understanding and respect.
  • We offer training and coaching on the generation of road-maps for reaching company CSR goals.
  • We provide opportunities to empower researchers and social entrepreneurs in Sub-Sahara Africa.
  • We also provide opportunities to have an impact on extreme poverty eradication through supporting HR&S activities in under-served communities.

Agreed Suppliers

We partner with “Agreed Suppliers”. Agreed Suppliers are, according to the HR&S definition, suppliers of advanced scientific equipment who are supported by world-leading international manufacturers. We offer to facilitate the communication between the Agreed Supplier and scientific institutions and laboratories. The benefit for the Agreed suppliers is expected to be increased sales volume and efficient operations. 

 4.     Global development

Development institutions and policy makers

We offer training and coaching to institutions and policy-makers that support global sustainable development. We guide on the development of practical road-maps to reach goals, measure progress, learn lessons and make informed decisions, while managing equal partnership programmes across cultures.

  • We also offer partners to support the HR&S empowerment programmes for local researchers, technicians and social entrepreneurs and thereby enable solutions, products and services for the civil society and under-served communities. We reach the poor and extremely poor communities and improve livelihoods while implement the SDG 17 in actual practice (RISE).
  • We manage in addition, a platform for networking between global developers.
  • We offer our SfC package to institutions in Sweden dealing with incoming and outgoing migrants. We offer to teach the staff at Arbetsförmedlingen about our needs and user-driven practical strategy SfC, as well as meeting with the migrants themselves and develop SfC road-maps.

Institutions and individuals with interest in Global Development

We offer seminars, workshops, webinars and coaching addressing cross-cultural equal partnership collaboration for global development. The purpose is to empower a shift of paradigm where aid dependency and donor driven programmes are replaced by international collaboration based on trust, transparency, accountability, mutual benefits and fair deals.

  • We arrange cross-cultural awareness raising seminars, workshops and webinars to increase the understanding, respect and interaction across cultures. We offer, in parallel, access to products developed by our partners in Africa (CROSS).
  • We coach cross-cultural equal partnership collaboration benefitting from our own unique practical strategy the “HR&S Strategy for Change”. We offer, in parallel, access to our monthly virtual meetings with our partners in Sub-Sahara African countries and our quarterly cross-cultural events in Stockholm (TRUST).