Arizona State University (ASU) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) are building the Center for Applied Research and Innovation in Supply Chain–Africa (CARISCA). This five-year, $15M project is supported through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Development, Democracy, Innovation/Innovation, Technology Research Hub as part of the Building Research and Innovation for Development: Generating Evidence and Training program (BRIDGE-Train).
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CARISCA will advance research, knowledge translation, and training in supply chain management. This project builds on years of productive partnership between ASU and KNUST in the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program and the ShipShape Application project. The CARISCA project presents an extraordinary opportunity for knowledge exchange. We are creating a new vision for supply chain that will transform Ghana, transcend borders, and provide opportunities to grow, innovate, and translate research into solutions, policy, and new research.
Our approach addresses barriers to development caused by inefficient and ineffective supply networks and increases Ghanaian and pan-African expertise and capacity while also increasing the impact of USAID investments. ASU and KNUST are establishing CARISCA as a global center that will impact supply chains throughout Africa.
CARISCA’s vision is to transform supply networks in Ghana in ways that improve the quality of life for the people of Ghana. Our mission is to support higher education institutions to explore and identify solutions to complex development problems through education and training, bolster the talent pipeline, and engage private sector partners and policymakers in applying research findings and best practices.
CARISCA is working in three focus areas: research, stakeholder engagement, and curriculum. Together, these activities will enable KNUST to increase research capacity, strengthen and update supply chain curricula, provide supply chain management expertise to Ghana and Africa, develop partnerships and revenue-generating activities to sustain ongoing growth and influence, and encourage and promote the inclusion of women and other disadvantaged groups. In the first year of the project, we will establish baseline metrics and put the structures and policies in place that build the foundation for a successful project.
Strengthen African higher education institution capacity for and adoption of innovative, locally relevant research.
Create a strong network by engaging policymakers, the private sector, and civil society organizations in supply chain research, education, and knowledge transfer.
Develop relevant evidence-based training opportunities to benefit students and supply chain management practitioners in Ghana and beyond.