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The Urgency of now: Uganda's responsibility to its older citizens

18 April 2016

International donors are threatening to stop funding Uganda's Senior Citizens Grant (SCG) due to the national Government failing to provide counter funding. But whose responsibility is it anyway? It seems cruel that families who depend solely on this g Keep reading

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Global poverty challenges and experiences of social protection - a conference to celebrate 100 years of social pensions in Sweden.

08 October 2013

On the 1st and 2nd of October HelpAge International and the Church of Sweden held a conference on social protection and social pensions. It provided an opportunity for those interested in social protection, in Sweden and internationally, to share... Keep reading (1 Comment)

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Delivering pensions in remote rural Tanzania

The Kwa Wazee pension scheme, established in 2003, reaches 1,100 older-headed households in six wards of Muleba District in North-western Tanzania. The scheme provides selected pensioners with a cash transfer of 12,000TZS (7.50USD) a month, with an additi Keep reading

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A social pension in Rwanda?

30 January 2012

A recent article in the Rwandan daily 'The New Times' called for the government to reconsider the exclusion of social pensions from Rwanda's flagship social protection programme - The Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (known as VUP). VUP aims to... Keep reading

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Thailand's politicians must commit to a pension for older people

29 June 2011

Thailand heads to the polls for a general election on 3 July. HelpAge's East Asia Pacific regional team is using this opportunity to draw attention to shortcomings in the major parties' social protection policies. Only 11 of the 40... Keep reading

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