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CARTA hosts DFID Deputy Director Research and Evidence Division

Front L-R: Michael Mutua (CARTA/APHRC), Nixon Gargan (APHRC), Mercy Ndwiga (CARTA), Evelyne Kemunto (APHRC), Eunice Muthengi (DFID), Catherine Kyobutungi (APHRC/CARTA), Sian Rasdale (DFID), Christine Kolbe (DFID). Back L-R: Lisa Omondi (APHRC), Emmanuel Otukpa (CARTA), Joseph Gichuru (APHRC), Alphonsus Neba (DELTAS), Evelyn Gitau (APHRC), Peter Ngure (CARTA), Ravi Ram (APHRC), Tom Kariuki (AAS). 10 November, 2017. PHOTO/EKILONZO.

The CARTA secretariat on 10 November,  2017 hosted a delegation from the Department for International Development (DFID) office in Nairobi led by Sian Rasdale, DFID’s Deputy Director of Research and Evidence Division. She attended alongside her colleagues Christine Kolbe, Head of East Africa Research Hub and Eunice Muthengi, a Research Specialist.

The meeting afforded the participants a chance to understand the DELTAS program which is a scheme by the Wellcome Trust in partnership with the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA). DELTAS supports 11 African-led programs, including CARTA, which are geared towards the development of world class researchers and research leaders in Africa. Also in attendance at the half-a-day meeting were representatives from the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) Tom Kariuki (Interim Executive Director) DELTAS Program Manager, Alphonsus Neba.

CARTA Co-director Catherine Kyobutungi gave an overview of APHRC and how the Research and Capacity Strengthening (RCS) Division (that hosts CARTA) fits into the Center. RCS Director Evelyn Gitau discussed the programs under the division and highlighted CARTA’s critical role in advancing research training on the continent and this was shared in detail by CARTA Program Manager Peter Ngure who discussed the achievements and the future of the consortium.

Michael Mutua, CARTA cohort 4 fellow shared his ongoing journey and experience as a beneficiary to the program. He mentioned how the  Joint Advanced Seminars (JASes) trainings were useful to him as a doctoral student as they enabled him learn techniques which were a core course requirement for his doctoral studies such as literature review, data analysis and writing skills.

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