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Age Action Ireland

About Ageing and Development

The Ageing & Development programme works to increase public understanding of and engagement in issues related to global ageing and older people’s issues in developing countries. We also aim to advocate for national and international policies that recognise the rights of older people and reflect the importance of ageing as a major global issue.

This programme is done in collaboration with our partners, the international NGO, HelpAge International and is funded by Irish Aid, the Irish government’s development programme.  Irish Aid previously funded a global education programme at Age Action Ireland, again in collaboration with HelpAge International.

Why do we work on this?

Population ageing is a global phenomenon and is occurring faster in developing countries, which have less time to adjust to the consequences of this demographic transition. By 2050, older people will account for 20% of the population in developing countries, the same ageing demographic currently experienced in developed countries. It is something that we cannot ignore!

We also work on this to create solidarity between older people here in Ireland and in developing countries. We live in an interdependent, unequal world and the programme aims to make people aware that the things we do here in Ireland affects people in the global south and vice vearsa.

We also want to encourage older people here in Ireland to become more aware of the similarities and differences between them and older people in the global south. The idea is that they will then act and advocate for a more just and equal society for older people everywhere.

In a world where there is an ever increasing older population there is also an urgent need now, more than ever for development policy makers to pay attention to both the needs and contributions of older people when they are devising policy and programmes.  This relates to both development organisations and politicians & policy makers in government.