Building Research and Innovation for Development, Generating Evidence, and Training (BRIDGE-Train)

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The Building Research and Innovation for Development, Generating Evidence, and Training (BRIDGE-Train) program supports partnerships between higher education institutions in USAID Partner Countries and in the U.S. to develop research, innovation, and training centers for knowledge development aimed at addressing local and national development priorities.

The Center for Applied Research and Innovation in Supply Chain-Africa (CARISCA)

In Ghana and across Africa, supply chain decisions are often made by professionals with little or no formal supply chain training, leading to inefficiencies in product and services delivery that result in increased prices and decreased availability of essential goods. Poor infrastructure and last mile transportation challenges limit rural development and disempower informal operators across multiple sectors. These challenges also limit the potential for agriculture-based economic growth and reliable healthcare delivery. Thirty to fifty percent of the food produced in Sub-Saharan Africa is lost along the supply chain, contributing to food insecurity. In healthcare supply chains, hospitals and private sector actors face difficulties in understanding supply and demand patterns and forecasting needs.

In 2020, Arizona State University, in partnership with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana, launched the Center for Applied Research and Innovation in Supply Chain-Africa (CARISCA). Through training, innovation, and research, this new center addresses barriers to development caused by inefficient and ineffective supply chains, especially in health and agriculture.



Strengthens African higher education institution capacity for and adoption of innovative, locally relevant research.

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Creates a strong network by engaging policymakers, the private sector, and civil society organizations in supply chain research, education, and knowledge transfer.


Develops relevant evidence-based training opportunities to benefit students and supply chain management practitioners in Ghana and beyond.

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Achieving Sustainable Partnerships for Innovation, Research, and Entrepreneurship (ASPIRE)

In Guatemala, a range of factors are driving Guatemalans to emigrate to Mexico and the United States. These factors range from a lack of quality employment options, insecurity,  high levels of socioeconomic inequality, and a lack of access to basic public services.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in partnership with Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG), and the AGEXPORT association in Guatemala, launched ASPIRE in 2021. ASPIRE is:


Developing an inclusive approach to addressing local and regional development challenges.                                                                                                                               


Engaging with local communities, the private sector, and government, and civil society partners.                                                                                                                          


Contributing to inclusive economic growth and job creation, entrepreneurship and innovation, and environmental sustainability with a focus on local and regional innovation.

These centers build on existing activities supported over several years by USAID/Guatemala, and are located at the UVG campus in Guatemala City and two of rural satellite campuses.

Learn more about ASPIRE

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Last updated: August 09, 2022

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