The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is a south-south partnership with a south-north collaboration jointly led by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya, and the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa. The consortium is built on a merit driven system that ensures transparency and accountability to its members. It was formed with a mandate of establishing a vibrant African academy able to lead world-class multidisciplinary research that impacts on population and health.
CARTA was formed in 2008 out of the realization that individual African universities lack the human and financial resources and infrastructural capacity to tackle the challenges of doctoral training on the continent. CARTA offers a well thought out approach to rebuild and to strengthen the capacity of African universities to produce world-class researchers, research leaders, and scholars.