About Us

CARTA / About Us

Our Vision


To be the catalyst for the emergence of a vibrant African academy able to lead world-class multidisciplinary research that makes a positive impact on population and public health.

Our Mission


To build high-level capacity for population and public health-related research in Africa.

Our History



CARTA was formed, in 2008, to support the development of a vibrant African academy able to lead world-class multidisciplinary research that impacts positively on public and population health. The consortium enhances the capacity of African universities to create sustainable multidisciplinary research hubs by supporting junior faculty members to undertake their doctoral training locally and to become internationally recognized research leaders. Ultimately, CARTA strengthens university-wide systems to support research. 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. CARTA is a collaboration jointly led by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya, and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa.

Our Strategy


CARTA has identified three strategic priorities that will, over time, ensure a sustainable and supportive research environment in African universities:- 

  • Build a critical mass of highly trained African scholars at PhD level.
  • Institutionalize CARTA innovations at key partner institutions.
  • Secure the future of CARTA graduates by mentoring them to become leaders in their research fields.