We have established the RISE Centre in six Sub-Saharan Africa countries, and we are always seeking new opportunities to increase the number of Centres and the number of countries. While the Centres provide support to local social entrepreneurs, researchers and innovators to offer their products and services to the local community, they also represent HR&S locally. Each Centre is always on a programme of capacity strengthening through weekly interactions with HR&S Sweden.


  • Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou
  • Kenya, Nairobi
  • Liberia, Monrovia
  • Nigeria, Abuja
  • Togo, Lomé
  • Uganda, Kampala

Burkina Faso

HR&S RISE Support Centre in Burkina Faso
under development.
  • Senexel
    With a laboratory accrediation project.
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HR&S RISE Support Centre in Kenya

Management and Coaches
Millicent SIFUNA – Evaluation planning coach & Team-leader
David AURA – Survey management coach
Collins OWOUR – Branding & Public relations coach
Ann CHEBET – Accounting coach
VACANT – Auditor

  •  Dolas Creation
    with the design and tailoring production in slum area project.
    Frederick ATING’A, CEO and Founder
    Sammy, CEO Assistant
  • Amani Women Group
    with the Table banking project.
    Mama CIRU, CEO and Founder
    Nancy GITHAIGAH, communication
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From left to right Frederick, Collins, Ann and Millicent, (photo by RISE Kenya, 2020).


HR&S RISE Support Centre in Liberia

Management & Coaches

Ramses HUTCHINS – Evaluation planning coach & Team-leader
VACANT – Survey management coach
Elaine REEVES – Branding & Public relations coach
Lionel GEORGE – Accounting coach
Isaac DAVIS – Auditor

  • Initiative for the Development of Former Child Soldiers (IDEFOCS) with the reintegration of former child soldiers project.
    Morris MATADI, CEO and Founder
    J. Forkay Horris, Deputy manager
    Tarr Garnett, Communication Director
    Rubin Gungar, Accountant


RISE Support Centre in Nigeria

Management & Coaches
Elvis AUSTINS – Evaluation planning coach & Team-leader
Faith OHWOFASA – Survey management coach
Vacant – Branding & Public relations coach
 Sunday OTAIGBE – Accounting coach
 Clifford CHIEMEZIE – Auditor

Expert adviser
Charles BALOGUN – Computer Science and ICT

  • SpellAfrica with the Back to School (B2S) project.
    Erezi EDOREH, CEO
  • NoveleQ with the Laboratory management project.
    Karniyus GAMANIEL, CEO, and Founder.
    Ado DAN-ISSA, Deputy manager.
    Charles BALOGUN, ICT manager.


HR&S RISE Support Centre in Togo

Management & Coaches

Milohum DZAGLI – Evaluation planning coach & Team-leader
Elisabeth DRAFOR – Survey management coach
Dodzi Massa NYAGBE – Branding & Public relations coach
Komi ABAVE – Accounting coach
Alexis AKOTCHAYE – Auditor


  • Association Solidarité Enfance et Vie (S.E.VIE)
    with the small-businesses in a semi-urban area project.
    Francois KLUTSÉ, CEO and Founder
    Délali ADEDJE, CEO Assistant and programme manager solidarité enfance et vie – sevie
    with the small-businesses in rural areas project.
    Yawo AHIAKPONOU, Programme manager

    Adjo Martina AHIAWONOU, Programme manager adviser & Business manager
    Filomene KOGLO, Programme manager adviser & Business manager

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From left to right Komi, Elisabeth, Francois, Alexis, Délali and Milohum (photo by RISE Togo, 2020)


RISE Support Centre in Uganda

Management and Coaches
Moses MURUNGI – Evaluation planning coach & Team-leader
Jacqueline NAMUTEBI – Survey management coach
George OCEN –  Branding & Public relations coach
Doreen NALUGYA – Accounting coach
Arnold LUBWAMA – Auditor

  • 256 Creative Arts
    with small-busiesses in slum area project.
    Edward BUTIMBA, CEO and Founder
  • Ubuntu Art House
    with art production and sales project.
    Bernard OMONY, CEO and Founder


Mr. Ramses HUTCHINS & Mr. Lionel GEORGE,
Thank you sincerely for your huge effort during the HR&S RISE Centre start-up. Your contribution to this team is what made it possible to be established. We will always remember. You have asked for nothing in return, but you have been working and you have delivered measurable results. Seriously. We are proud of you!

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About the RISE team

Millicent SIFUNA, M.Sc.
Evaluation planning Coach, Team leader, Nairobi Kenya.

Millicent is a Master’s graduate in Medical and Veterinary Entomology from the University of Nairobi Kenya. Her research which is grounded in malaria research, focuses on the ecology and biology of malaria mosquitoes. Millicent has huge community interests. She has worked in marginalized communities as a volunteer graduate assistant. Apart from supporting and strengthening education outcomes in the community, she actively participated in community sensitization programs addressing hunger and food insecurities. This has ensured invaluable exposure to diverse environments, experiences and communities. This experience has provided her with inter-ethnic interaction, thus a global mindset.

It is this great passion for a better community that linked Millicent up with Cecelia, CEO HR&S. Cecelia came to the University of Nairobi to offer a Research management workshop. From her unique training, Millicent noted that they shared some common values, goals and interests. Millicent followed her up and they were able to link and initiate some collaboration.

Millicent works as an evaluation planning coach for the programme. Her main responsibilities are:

  • Designing programmes and performing evaluation planning for the institution.
  • Stakeholder analysis and stakeholder management
  • Developing and implementing business plans
  • Collecting information from surveys and developing the annual programme report

Millicent finds being a coach as something interesting yet challenging. New lessons are learnt every day. Decisions also have to be made, some hard to make. One is also exposed to different environments and people which makes it more interesting and something worth holding onto.

Millicent would love to see a changed society. She believes that every community should be happy and healthy. This is only possible when we reach out, listen and turn problems into opportunities.

David AURA, B.Sc.
Survey Management Coach, Kenya.

I am a bachelors’ graduate in Agriculture and Natural resource management from Kisii University, Kenya. Currently, I am working in the rural set-up as an extension officer in the field of agriculture. I have a huge interest in community work. Previously I worked in marginalized communities as a volunteer graduate assistant, supporting and strengthening education outcomes in the community, and actively participated in community sensitization programs addressing hunger and food insecurities. These engagements exposed me to diverse environments, experiences, and communities besides providing me with an inter-ethnic interaction.

Main responsibilities are:

  • Survey management.
  • Compiling monitoring data and evidence according to TestE.
  • Developing a survey manual.
  • Developing annual Survey reports.

Coaching activity is more interesting, though at some point it poses some challenges. The experiences and exposure to different projects, people, and environments make the whole thing exciting.


Milohum Mikesokpo DZAGLI, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof.
Evaluation planning Coach, Team leader, Togo

I am an Associate Research Professor in Physics at the University of Lomé, Physics Department, Lomé Togo.

During a visit of Madam Cecilia, in Togo especially at S.E.VIE, an association that worked with Action10, she asked to know what can be possible. First, our ideas concerned research, and she made two workshops with the department on research management and how to leave the AID system to sustainability and responsibility. During our discussions, I heard about Action10 and its activities which are similar to some of my activities implemented personally in some villages. I saw that I can be useful in helping people through Action10 activities. And I started as a coach of the association SEVIE at TSEVIE, a village not far from Lomé, Togo. I am leading an association namely “Leaders and Development, L&D” that worked with SEVIE and HR&S and Action10.

As a coach for SEVIE, we:

  • Reinforced the business idea, the “Small-scale business programme in Tsévié”
  • Were involved in the implementation of the programme A28 that support many women in their activities.
  • Set monthly face-to-face meetings with all assigned administrators and managers.
  • Follow-up through communication in-between meetings.
  • Produced the annual coaching reports presenting the year’s activities and a written assessment.
  • Sampled some books and showed ways to reach a better implementation.
  • Attended of the inventory of the loans in the villages for Programme No A3, where L&D has kindly agreed to coach the programme a new restart with the management a new partner who has a closer link to the villages, M AHIAKONOU Yawo.
  • Set TRUST, RESPONSIBILITY for the new programme through many calls and discussions and meeting. So,
  • L&D and I assisted the programme with its setup such as:
    • A business plan.
    • Books setup.
    • The contract sheet.
    • Recruitment and Workshops.
  • I am the leader of RISE Centre Togo as an evaluation planning coach.
    • Chairing the group of Togo.
    • Coaching the programme of M Yawo.

To be a coach is a matter of responsibility and to be; Serious, Engaged, Trustworthy, Volunteer, Smart, Tolerance.
The most value being a coach is; being considered by the target partner; Your effort to solve a problem; Results at the end.
The biggest change I have seen happen through our programme is Workshops; Effort to work with many poor people; Introduction of the business model; Building RISE centres. 
My dream is to build a new world in connecting many people through Action10.

Maître de Conférences/Associate Professor – CAMES , FDS/UL/Dpt de Physique/Université de Lomé-Togo, Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux et Composants à Semi-conducteurs, Tel. 0022899489536. email:  ou, ORCID iD :, Web of Science ResearcherID  Q-4806-2016:

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