East-West Center Awarded $424,000 for Gates Foundation-Funded Project on Economic Potential


HONOLULU (May 8, 2013) – The East-West Center has received a grant of $423,975 from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health as part of a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on “Realizing the Demographic Dividend for Africa.”

EWC Senior Fellow Dr. Andrew Mason and Dr. Ronald Lee of the University of California Berkeley, co-principal investigators of the National Transfer Accounts Project, will work with economists from African and other developing countries to study these countries’ prospects for achieving economic potential through the “demographic dividend,” including determining what short- and medium-term investments in health and education are appropriate and necessary.

The National Accounts Transfer Project is a collaborative project to measure, analyze and interpret macroeconomic aspects of age and population aging around the world. The lead institutions are the East-West Center and the Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging, University of California at Berkeley. Regional centers are based at Nihon University Population Research Institute in Tokyo, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, the African Economic Research Consortium in Nairobi, the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm, and the Vienna Institute of Demography. The project fields research teams consisting of senior scholars and graduate students in more than 30 countries.