The consulting activities we undertake are done with the intention of implementing, whether we advance to that stage or not. In other words, the conclusions and recommendations we endeavor to deliver are roadmaps for implementation. These are made to be:

  • Innovative
  • Empowering and community-driven
  • Allowing access to markets
  • Ambitious
  • Scalable
  • Reproductible

Whatever the program and the location, we start by addressing two concerns: local ownership and economic sustainability. Development is only successful when these two conditions are met: that it is done by the local populations, and that the program or project accounts for the yearly budgets for operations well ahead, before implementation is carried-out. At Sagittaire Invest, we believe that development does not stop at the erection of a nursing facility or a school building. It would be nonsensical and unproductive it was to be so. Instead, we believe that development is in the successful delivery of nursing and education services, not the buildings. And that the services address the right people, in a sustainable pattern, and with an ability to grow, develop and act as a bridgehead for local capacity building.

We do not deliver turnkey projects, as in ready-to-perform programs. We do not believe in canned solutions. Our approach is the same whatever the purpose of the project and wherever the location: local ownership and training, concept-building, development of a roadmap, then the assurance of a secure source of funding for the ensuing activities. For this, the School-Enterprise model has been our preferred tool and has proven its efficiency and reliability across all applications.

The School-Enterprise Model combines the provision of educational instruction and services to the local community. In real terms, education is embedded in real enterprise. Students are themselves part of the operations, producers of goods and services. These are sold for a profit, by a company set-up to cater specifically for the needs of education. In the introductory animated film, we presented a printing school as an example. The school builds on a company structure, and students learn the profession by executing real jobs gaining in the process hands-on experience, while profits generated from the sale of goods cover the costs of education.