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Zanzibar: Celebrating a new pension and the life of Bi Kidude

15 April 2016

Zanzibar will make history today as it becomes the first country in East Africa to provide a state-funded universal pension for older people. As a result of this groundbreaking move, the country's men and women over 70 will receive a... Keep reading

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Bangladesh's new social security strategy to bring 30m into safety net programmes

22 December 2015

Bangladesh's long-awaited National Social Security Strategy (NSSS) has been launched - the first life-course approach to policy that will bring more than 30 million people into social safety net programmes. Intending to reduce extreme poverty, improve Keep reading

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Older age: a double whammy for women?

01 October 2015

After a lifetime of providing unpaid care for friends and family, older women often live in poverty with no one to care for them. Ageing is inevitable, but its gendered injustices are not. The trend of global ageing Over the first... Keep reading

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How Nelson Mandela inspired me as an older person

11 February 2015

Elizabeth Marie Mkame is an Age Demands Action activist from South Africa. She is also an active board member for HelpAge Affiliate, the Muthande Society for the Aged. Nelson Mandela was a great man who was loved and respected... Keep reading (2 Comments)

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Preparing for ageing in Southern Africa

28 August 2014

I recently attended the tenth Southern African Development Community (SADC) Civil Society Forum conference in Harare, Zimbabwe. Our partner, Zimbabwe Older Persons Organization (ZOPO) also took part, representing older people in Southern Africa. The foru Keep reading

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