Dr. Cheikh Mbacké is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Research on Applied Economics and Finance of Thiès (CREFAT), University of Thiès, Senegal. As senior fellow, he helps mobilize resources to strengthen and sustain the center and provides mentoring to staff and students at this young research center. He helped the center to develop a pan-African research, training and technical assistance agenda on generational economics and the demographic dividend. Dr Mbacké is a recognized advisor in population and health research and training in sub-Saharan Africa. His advisory work serves various organizations across the world. Since July 2006 he is Senior Advisor to the Population and Global Development program of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation based in California. He sits on the board of directors of numerous institutions, where he brings his experience of more than 30 years in building institutional and individual research capacities. Previously, Dr. Mbacké spent six years at the Sahel Institute in Bamako (1986-92) and fourteen years (1992-2006) at the Rockefeller Foundation where he headed the Foundation’s program for Africa and served as Vice President for Administration and Regional Programs.

Research Interests

Dr. Mbacké's research interests focus on reproductive health, maternal and child health and population and development. Since joining the Center for Research on Applied Economics and Finance (CREFAT) as a senior fellow in 2015, he has helped shape a regional research agenda on the effects of demographic change on economic growth using the National Transfer Accounts (NTA) approach. The NTA studies how population growth and changing age structures influence economic growth, gender and generational equity, public finances, and other important features of the macro-economy. In partnership with UNFPA, the center works on the implementation of the African Union roadmap for harnessing the demographic dividend in the French-speaking countries of western and central Africa. CREFAT provides training and technical assistance in the development of NTA country profiles and data collection and analysis to guide country programming.

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International Member

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Section 53: Social and Political Sciences