CARTA represented at the 2018 DELTAS Meeting
Emmanuel Otukpa (CARTA M&E Officer), Evelyn Gitau (Director, Research Capacity Strengthening APHRC), Florah Karimi (CARTA Program Manager), Janet Moraa (CARTA Senior Program Accountant), Joseph Gichuru (APHRC Deputy Executive DIrector), Peter Ngure (Outgoing CARTA Program Manager) , and Sharon Fonn (CARTA Co-Director), were in Johannesburg, South Africa from July 9 – 11 for the 3rd Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa Annual Grantees meeting.
The meeting was jointly organised by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the DELTAS Africa Sub-Saharan African Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics training program at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The meeting was part of the DELTAS Africa Midterm Evaluation exercise, as opposed to an exclusive DELTAS Fellows conference as had been initially anticipated. The DELTAS Fellows conference will now take place in 2019. This year’s theme was ‘The view from halfway.’ DELTAS Africa is a US$100 million programme supporting the Africa-led development of world-class researchers and scientific leaders in Africa.
The Midterm Evaluation (MTE) aims to assess the state of implementation, progress to date and lessons learnt towards achieving the DELTAS Africa planned objectives. It provides an opportunity to make modifications to ensure the achievement of these objectives within the lifetime of the DELTAS Africa funding round (2015-2020). In addition, the MTE provides an opportunity to ascertain whether the interventions that have been put in place are still coherent with the DELTAS Africa’s strategic objectives; are relevant and useful to the key stakeholders and are being conducted in an efficient manner according to expectations of AESA’s and its funding partners’ grant terms and conditions.
Accordingly, the MTE which in strategic terms need be completed when the programme still has time to improve, is aimed at achieving the following objectives:
- Provide independent and holistic assessment of each of the 11 awards at the midpoint of program implementation cycle;
- Provide independent and holistic assessment of the DELTAS LRP at the midpoint of the program implementation cycle
- Give a fresh, unbiased view of the programme implementation at the midpoint of program cycle;
- Identify potential areas for improvement;
- Produce actionable, realistic, results-oriented and concrete recommendations;
- Present a learning opportunity for all involved.