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PRB and CREG Announce Strategic Alliance to Promote Use of Population Data and Research Across Africa

Lire en français : PRB et CREG annoncent une alliance stratégique pour promouvoir l’utilisation des recherches et des données sur la population à travers l’Afrique

April 25, 2024—Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and the Consortium Régional pour la Recherche en Economie Générationnelle (CREG, Regional Consortium for Research in Generational Economics) today announced a strategic alliance to strengthen their long partnership to promote the use of demographic data and population research in policies, programming and funding decisions in African nations.

To meet the demand of decisionmakers across Africa seeking support on the use of analyses for policy and programmatic guidance, CREG President and Coordinator, Professor Latif Dramani, said, “CREG’s work focuses on research quality, training of researchers, and building policy and budgetary tools. In our work across countries in Francophone and Anglophone Africa, we have found PRB’s ability to effectively communicate to decisionmakers what the data and research mean to be unparalleled.”

CREG uses data from National Transfer Accounts (NTAs) to analyze the economic impacts of changing population age structures by measuring how people at every age produce, consume, and share resources and save for their future. Based in the University Iba Der Thiam of Thiès, Senegal, CREG builds understanding of how demographic dynamics impact economic growth, gender, generational equity, public finances and other important elements of macroeconomics on the African continent.

“CREG is the first NTA Center of Excellence in Africa and a leader in promoting its data use in policymaking across countries in African countries,” said Jeffrey Jordan, PRB President and CEO. “The strengthening of PRB’s partnership with CREG provides an opportunity for us to work together on activities to advance the development agenda outlined in the African Union’s Agenda 2063.”

Dramani added, “This strategic alliance with PRB allows our two organizations to build on one another’s strengths. For decades, PRB has worked closely with African organizations so they can build their capacity to use data and analyses in communication tools and strategies that drive policies, programming, and funding decisions that help improve people’s lives.”

PRB, with offices in Washington, DC, Nairobi and Dakar, provides expert analysis, training, strategic counsel and policy and communications consultation on demographic data and population research to decisionmakers, the private sector and civil society actors around the world to inform policy development. It also builds the capacity of advocates, journalists, researchers and other stakeholders to use data and evidence-based approaches that foster dialogue and policy action in their communities.

“PRB has worked with Professor Dramani and CREG since 2019 to support country-level and regional data on time use and women’s unpaid work in the care economy through the Hewlett Foundation-funded Counting Women’s Work project,” said PRB’s Africa Director, Aïssata Fall. “Our new alliance supports the understanding of the importance of this work and its intersections with other critical agendas such as climate change, migration, and population aging.”

The strategic alliance, forged after a March 2024 meeting of leadership from the two organizations in Washington, DC, represents a long-term commitment for PRB and CREG. The equal and shared partnership demonstrates PRB’s continuing commitment to engage in equitable collaborations with local organizations leading development efforts.

About PRB

PRB promotes and supports evidence-based policies, practices and decision-making to improve the health and well-being of people throughout the world. Learn more at prb.org. Follow us @PRBdata.


About CREG

CREG links the scientific research and decision-making spheres on population issues and related fields to foster understanding of the links between demography and development in Africa. Learn more at creg-center.org. Follow us @CREGcenter.