A statement from USAID revealed that the funds will help Arizona State University and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in the Republic of Ghana to create an innovative research and training center to improve African supply-chains.
The new Center for Applied Research and Innovation in Supply Chain-Africa (CARISCA) will train researchers and practitioners.
The supply chain improvement center will also produce new research and translate and apply state-of-the-art research from around the world to improve local supply-chains, particularly in health care and agriculture.
Through this partnership, the new research and training center help establish Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology as Africa’s preeminent source of expertise on the sustainable management of supply-chains;
As a research center, CARISCA will drive innovative research and training to improve African supply-chains, particularly for women and the most-disadvantaged customers and producers.
The research center is also expected to leverage the private sector, governments, and civil-society partners to connect African businesses, researchers, and practitioners in supply-chain management to global resources.
Higher-education partnerships can build and strengthen scientific research capacity to fill gaps in knowledge and empower governments, civil society, and the private sector in our partner countries to address their own development challenges.
The assistance was mainly aimed at implementing development projects in eight priority sectors including basic education, higher education, scientific research, technology, health, agriculture, and trade and investment.