Private sector with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme that we are engaged in
Visit.org offers to link HR&S with CSR company in 1-2 hour sessions, when the staff of the CSR company meets with representatives from HR&S Sweden and HR&S local branches in Sub-Sahara African countries.
What you’ll do (message to the CSR company)
This experience will focus on cross-cultural learning and will present the organization’s social enterprising empowerment programs in Sub-Sahara African countries. After the presentations, you and your team will participate in a knowledge-sharing session with the organization’s local experts and
brainstorm possible solutions to challenges faced by the social entrepreneurs. We seek advice on topics that are the expertise of the
During this experience, representatives from three or more Sub-Sahara African countries and from the organisation´s headquarters in
Stockholm will be present.
By sharing your expertise, you will help provide knowledge can can be added to the support packages that HR&S offers to local social entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan African countries.
Agenda (90 min):
- Introduction by Visit.org (10 min)
- Welcome and participant presentations (10 min)
- Presentation of HR&S and one or two RISE member pitches (30 min)
- Advice from the CSR company employees to the RISE member (30 minutes)
- Conclusion and proposed follow-ups (5 min)
- Wrap up by Visit.Org (5 min)
What else you should know (message to the CSR company)
- This experience will be conducted over Zoom.
- We are open for a discussion where the company individual representatives shares openly form their professional experience in relation to starting, scaling or running a business. It can be any topic within their profession; accounting, customer services, product development….And then our partners in Africa can ask questions about that, as well as sharing from their perspective. I think it can be interesting for both sides. It is important though that the company stays within their area of professional expertise and do not start to give advice outside their profession, if they do it will most likely be with a colonial attitude. The HR&S will guide the session to stay focused. mDoes this make sense to you?
How you’ll make an impact
Human Rights & Science (HR&S) is a social enterprise operating in Sub-Saharan African countries addressing scientific research, advanced laboratories, social enterprising and international development. Their vision is a world without extreme poverty and they argue they promote a shift of paradigm where aid dependency is replaced by international equal partnership for sustainable global development. Instead of aid driven and aid dependent NGOs does HR&S empower user-driven social enterprises to have sustainable operations and economy. The local social enterprises then reaches the under-served including the extremely poor communities.
From the DonorSee website
“At DonorSee, we dream of a world where the global poor receive the help, dignity, and human connection they need to thrive. We believe in the power of community to make a difference. Together we can create great change.”
We offer to add sustainability to the Donor.see programme. We offer our programme in the rural villages of Togo to start with and can add other programmes if the collaboration is successful. We can provide continuous stories from our 200 local entrepreneurs, per person and/or per community. HR&S offers business loans with 10% interest, training and coaching, and we have 100% pay-back, proving that the loans are well invested and thus impact. On ground we have a local HR&S Branch with educated staff and we collaborate closely with local programme managers from the community where the programme is implemented. This set-up is required to have sustainable impact, different from the traditional ad-hoc aid donations. We have 20 years of experience from working on-ground in Sub-Sahara African countries.The paid back capital offered to new business owners, why our capital has a long-term effect and is not consumed. The 10% interest co-funds the cost and reimbursement of the local programme manager, and thus also empower sustainable development.
We can also offer, in addition, to share evidence based impact assessments, ‘what happened after the funds were donated?’, but we do not know if it fits into the Donor.see framework. It can be noted that we portrait strength and avoid portraiting beggars.
This programme in Togo is successful and we want to scale, why a collaboration with Donor.see is attractive to us. We request an agreement between Donor.see and HR&S that the administration income that donor.see benefits from, from the donors, is shared with HR&S. In case the above seems interesting, please let us book a meeting.