Celebrating the Wins

In spite of disruptions, remote working and uncertainty, there were also many bright spots that the Center was able to celebrate.

At a critical moment in global health, APHRC was for the fifth year recognized among leading global  think tanks in domestic health policy in the 2020 Global Go To Index Report.

The Center also emerged as one of the top 10 visionaries in the Rockefeller Food System Vision Prize in recognition of our bold idea to address food system challenges in Nairobi. Our winning team, consisting of members from the Maternal and Child Wellbeing Unit and Policy Engagement and Communications Division, was selected from a pool of more than 1,300 applicants from 119 countries.

Our policy engagement efforts with regional bodies resulted in advances in the policy debates around SRHR, and supported the development of the Kenya Sanitation Policy. Our civil society partners were at the forefront of advocacy for domestic financing for vaccination programs in Kenya, Ivory Coast and Ghana.

This year, the Center celebrated the tenth anniversary of its flagship doctoral training program: The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA). We took the time to reflect on the findings from an evaluation exercise, aimed towards understanding what had been achieved since the program’s inception. The evaluation showcased the CARTA program’s achievements in building  a critical mass of highly trained African scholars at PhD level, whilst also instilling a high-level commitment from partner universities through implementing innovations learnt through CARTA in their broader approaches to graduate education.

But let’s take a look at the numbers;

Partners have included components of the actual curriculum CARTA uses in their modules, into training of post-graduates;
African partners that run PhD programmes have now institutionalized supervisory trainings;
In 2020, we celebrated the award of 10 new doctoral degrees, bringing the number of CARTA graduates to 97