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Project Title:

Policy Research and Data Needs to Meet the Challenge of Aging in Asia
PIN: DBASSE-CEGIS-09-08        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit: Center for Economic, Governance, and International Studies

RSO: Cohen, Barney

Subject/Focus Area: Behavioral and Social Sciences

Project Scope
This project has been designed as a unique cooperative venture between the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), the Science Council of Japan (SCJ), and the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (IAS).

Working in collaboration with these sister academies in Asia, the US National Academies plans to organize two two-day public workshops on the data needs and policy challenges of Aging in Asia. One meeting will take place in China and will be hosted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The other meeting will take place in India and will be hosted by the Indian National Science Academy. The agenda for these workshops will be set by mutual agreement with the other science academies and will feature invited presentations and discussion. We will fund the participation of critical US-based researchers. Other participants in the workshops (particularly key local high-level policymakers) will be identified and invited by the local Asian academies. Papers may be commissioned and presented at the workshops. Following the workshops, selected papers will be reviewed and revised for publication by National Academies Press. An ad-hoc committee of ten international aging experts will be appointed by the US National Academies to guide the process of developing the agenda for the conference.

In preparation for the two public workshops, the five science academies will work collaboratively to produce a short report on the challenges of population aging in Asia and the role of data collection and research in informing the policy development process to ensure better economic security, health, and well-being in old age. This consensus document will serve as a focal point for discussions at workshops in India and China. For our part, the US National Academy of Sciences will appoint an ad-hoc committee of leading experts from the US and Asia to help guide the development of the agenda for the conferences in India and China to take the lead in drafting the joint document to ensure that it meets the highest levels of scientific rigor. The other various academies will likely adopt similar strategies (i.e. appoint their own authoring committee) in order to provide intellectual input into the development of this document. Ultimately, the report will be endorsed by all parties and will carry the logo of all institutions on the front cover.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).

The approximate start date for the project is September 28, 2009.

A report will be issued in preparation for the workshops. A proceedings of the workshops will be published as a compilation of the papers presented at the events.

Project Duration: 22 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 11/09/2010
 Meeting 2 - 12/08/2010
 Meeting 3 - 03/14/2011


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Preparing for the Challenges of Population Aging in Asia: Strengthening the Scientific Basis of Policy Development