CAREED (Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development) is a unique centre of excellence within Scotland which will initially focus on 4 areas of interest which reflect the current research interests of academic staff, namely: commodities and exporting; enterprise and entrepreneurship; logistics and supply chain management; governance and ethics; and microfinance and social business.
This concentration will evolve over time as the Centre expands and develops.
Firstly, our vision reflects the current economic transformation that a number of African economies are experiencing (according to organisations such as the IMF and the World Bank). In that context, CAREED is well placed to conduct high level and applied research in the areas of enterprise and economic development to contribute to that process.
Secondly, we have an unrivalled group of staff and PhD students who are either from the continent or are studying various aspects of African economic development within the School of Business & Creative Industries.
CAREED has held many conferences over the last few years on the broad theme of enterprise and economic development in Africa. These conferences relate to African economic development: Commodities and Trade; African Enterprise; Logistics and Supply Chain: and Governance, Microfinance, and HR.
25-26 June 2020
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CAREED has hosted a number of international conferences since its inception in 2014. Below are the names and dates of these conferences.
Thursday 12th and Friday 13th November 2015
Theme: African Enterprise and Economic Development: A proud History, A Promising Future
Thursday 6th April and Friday 7th April 2017
Theme: Nurturing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Africa
Thursday 31st May and Friday 1st June 2018
Theme: Transforming Barriers to Effective Economic Development in Africa into Enablers
Thursday Wednesday 29th – Friday 31st May 2019
Theme: Enterprise and Economic Development in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities
For a complete overview of research activities involing UWS staff, please also refer to our research portal.
CAREED researchers are seeking to improve the livelihoods and nutrition in Rwanda through a ground-breaking new aquaponics research project. They have embarked on the unique pilot project that is targeting a 50 per cent increase in productivity in the sector. In fact, they think it could help as many as 80,000 farmers across 2,000 farms to reduce food shortages within 10 years. UWS's CAREED and social enterprise collaborators NjordFrey, who are based in Rwanda, were recently awarded a grant of £283,774 by the Department for International Development (DFID) / Innovate-UK for the 18-month feasibility study. Find more on this story on our News section.
We collaborate with both academic and non-academic institutions across the world. A few of CAREED collaborations are with the following:
Professor Heather Tarbert
Dr Ahmed Beloucif
Dr David Burl
Dr Toyin Coker
Dr Stephen Collins
Dr Firdu Gemech
Dr Christian Harrison
Dr Abeer Hassan
Dr Allan Moore
PhD student members
Kingsley Obinna Omeihe
Professor Jacinta Nwachukwu
Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise , University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
Dr Samuel Gayi
Retired UNCTAD Director, Special Unit Commodities – United Nations, Geneva – Switzerland
Dr Alice Nicole Sindzingre
National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) France
Kingsley N. Emeana
Imene El Azzaoui
Dr Isaac Amaoko
Liverpool John More University
Dr Thandi Mtetwa
Kingsley Obinna Omeihe
Edinburgh Napier University
University of the West of Scotland
Professor John Adams
British University of Egypt
As a member of the centre, you will be part of a network of professionals with good solid foundation of African experience and research expertise focused on commodities and exporting, enterprise, logistics, supply and value chains, government, ethics, microfinance, social business and economic development.
You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and share your expertise and experience through our seminar, workshops, conferences and other events. In addition members can publish their articles with our working paper series and will have access to our high quality research done by our expertise in different fields.
The centre will provide a mutually supportive environment and structure in which PhD student research career can be nurtured and supported. This will be together with support for attending and presenting in conference and workshops, opportunities to engage in teaching, participation in centre workshops, seminars and all the academic conferences that will be organised by the CAREED. In the long run possibly internship opportunities in companies and public sector organisation with an interest in Africa.
All the CAREED members will be entitled for a special discount fees in the writing retreats that will be organised by a full qualified and formally trained organiser.
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