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Ageing and poverty in africa and the role of social pensions

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  • Nanak Kakwani

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    (International Poverty Centre)

  • Kalanidhi Subbarao

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    (World Bank)

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    In many low income African countries, three factors are placing an undue burden on the elderly. First, the burden on the elderly has enormously increased with the increase in mortality of prime age adults due to HIV AIDS pandemic and regional conflicts. Second, the traditional safety net of the extended family has become ineffective and unreliable for the elderly. Third, in a few countries, the elderly are called upon to shoulder the responsibility of the family as they became the principal breadwinners and caregivers for young children. While a number of studies have examined the welfare consequences of these developments on children, few studies have systematically analyzed the poverty situation among the elderly (relative to other groups) in low income countries Africa, and the role of social pensions. This study aims to fill this gap.

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    Paper provided by International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in its series Working Papers with number 8.

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    Length: 44
    Date of creation: Aug 2005
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    Publication status: Published by UNDP - International Poverty Centre, August 2005, pages 1-44
    Handle: RePEc:ipc:wpaper:8

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    Keywords: Ageing; Poverty; Social Pensions; Developing Countries; Africa;

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    Cited by:
    1. Leonardo Gasparini & Javier Alejo & Francisco Haimovich & Sergio Olivieri & Leopoldo Tornarolli, 2007. "Poverty among the Elderly in Latin America and the Caribbean," CEDLAS, Working Papers 0055, CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
    2. Robert Holzmann & Richard Hinz, 2005. "Old Age Income Support in the 21st century: An International Perspective on Pension Systems and Reform," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 7336, October.
    3. Giang, Thanh Long & Pfau, Wade Donald, 2009. "An Exploration for a Universal Non-contributory Pension Scheme in Vietnam," MPRA Paper 24947, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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