Strong Supply Chains, Strong Communities


From left to right: CARISCA team member Elsie Addae with CARISCA PhD scholarship recipients Grace Annan, Owusu Boahen, Priscilla Agyemang and Priscilla Asamany.  (Photo by Christa Agyemang/CARISCA)
Elsie Konadu Addae, CARISCA Center Manager, and four KNUST PhD students: Grace Annan, Owusu Boahen, Priscilla Addo Asamany, and Priscilla Agyemang in preparation to host CARISCA’s first global supply chain summit.

CARISCA is creating a global center of supply chain excellence

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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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’s Goals:

  1. Establish KNUST as Africa’s preeminent source of supply chain management expertise;
  2. Serve as a resource for researchers in Ghana and across Africa to drive innovation, research, knowledge translation through the application of research findings, and training to improve African supply chains, sustained by revenue-generating activities and a robust partner network;
  3. Create the supply chain management professionals and research that significantly improves the efficiency and effectiveness of health and agricultural supply chains; and
  4. Increase inclusion and impact for women in supply chain education, research and practice.

CARISCA’s Focus Areas

CARISCA is working in four focus areas: research, stakeholder engagement, curriculum, and access and inclusion.

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 in supply chain education, research and practice.

Research

Strengthen African higher education institution capacity for and adoption of innovative, locally relevant research.
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Stakeholder Engagement

Create a strong network by engaging policymakers, the private sector, and civil society organizations in supply chain research, education, and knowledge transfer.
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Curricula and Training

Strengthen African higher Develop relevant evidence-based training opportunities to benefit students and supply chain management practitioners in Ghana and beyond.
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Black women using a whiteboard. (Illustration by BlackIllustrations.com)

Access and Inclusion

Ensure access to supply chain research, education and training for women.
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