• APSP Staff and other participants complete an EPRI course on Social Protection
  • Field Visit during a training session on Social Protection in Mombasa, Kenya
  • Cash transfer programme for persons with disabilities in Maputo, Mozambique
  • Multigenerational faces of vulnerability
  • Older persons are among the vulnerable groups in Africa
  • Participants of the Western Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Dakar, Senegal
  • Cash transfer programme in Ghana
  • Plenary Session during the Eastern and Central Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Field Visit during the Southern Africa Peer Learning and Exchange Workshop in Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Beneficiaries of Social Protection programmes show off entrepreneurial projects they have started since programmes commenced
  • Social Protection Programmes also look at children as a vulnerable group



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To create partnerships with Civil Society and other organizations to engage with the Governments and International Development Agencies (IDAs) to develop and implement innovative Social Protection strategies and pro­grammes that make a difference in people’s lives in Africa.

The 2015 Global AgeWatch Index was release on 9th September 2015. This year’s index and report is strategic, leading up to the formal adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The 17 goals and 169 targets of the SDG will be adopted by over 150 world leaders at the United Nations at the end of September, and hope the launch of this index and report is timely in that sense.  By the time they reach fruition in 2030, the global proportion of people aged 60 and over is predicted to rise from 12.3 per cent now to 16.5 per cent. Three quarters of these women and men will live in developing countries. Age is in 15 out of the 17 goals directly or by implication. 


The central story this year with the HelpAge International’s 2015 Index is that internationally comparable data is only available for 96 of the 194 countries.  93 countries are missing poverty data in old age and in Africa there is only enough data to include 11 out of 54 countries. Hence, one of the key messages is that if the SDGs are indeed to “leave no one behind” as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has committed, then evidence and tools to monitor the lives of older men and women needs urgently to be improved. Data broken down by age and sex is needed in both national and international data sets.

HelpAge are therefore delighted to have secured the support of Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015, who has given us a foreword, which sits alongside a special message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 

In the 2015 Global AgeWatch Index contains new regional analyses, new data, new info graphics, and a new number one (Switzerland).  This year we also have included more case studies of older people and produced and a short video to strengthen the voice of older people in line with our new 2020 strategy. Please watch it here- it’s less than 2 minutes.https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=16&v=0wRxL7QA0t4

HelpAge is also very happy to inform you that a joint round table meeting was organised with the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC)/ African Union Commission on 10th September 2015, in Addis Ababa to launch the index and also discuss about ways in which older person could be included in the Agenda-2063 of the African Union. Please find attached the joint press release- http://sa.au.int/en/content/african-union-and-helpage-urge-member-states-promote-rights-older-people-africa

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