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Developing Countries

What is the programme about?

The Ageing & Development programme works to raise awareness in Ireland of issues facing older people in developing countries, such income insecurity, access to pensions and social protection, access to health care, age discrimination and the inclusion of older people policies and programmes.

We aim to increase public understanding of global ageing issues and raise awareness of the role of Ireland’s overseas development assistance in addressing these challenges.

We strive to build public solidarity with older people in developing countries by giving them a voice to share their own stories.

In particular, we work by building on Age Action’s strong track-record of public engagement and advocacy through engaging in campaigns, outreach, traditional and new media.

The programme is funded by Irish Aid and we partner with HelpAge International.

Ageing & Development funding

Why do we work on this?

The world’s population is ageing and this is happening more quickly in developing countries. By 2050, nearly one in five people in developing countries will be over 60. Population ageing transforms economies and societies, and developing countries have less time to adjust to the consequences.

Ireland’s overseas development assistance is helping partner countries prepare for the impact of this demographic change.

It is vital to include older women and men The Sustainable Development Goals recognise the vital importance of for achieving sustainable development. 

For further information download the Ageing and Development programme brochure (link below).

World Refugee Day

 Today, June 20th is World Refugee Day. The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018. This is the highest level that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has seen in its almost 70 years. Data from UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, released this week shows that almost 70.8 million people are now forcibly displaced. To put this in perspective, this is double the level of 20 years ago, 2.3 million more than a year ago, and corresponds to a population between that of Thailand and Turkey.   Today, older refugees make up some 8.5 per cent of the overall population of concern to UNHCR, and by 2050 more of the world will be over 60 than under 12. Older refugees experience an additional burden due to their age and associated conditions. In a report published by the Centre for Policy on Ageing and Age UK, they identified that “the main issues facing older refugees and asylum seekers are low income, the language barrier, the risk of loneliness and a lack of social networks, and possibly a loss of social status”.  Reduced mobility and a high number of chronic medical conditions also greatly impact the life of an older refugee, as adequate and culturally appropriate healthcare is often difficult to access. As well, throughout their time in refugee shelters, older refugees are also more likely to experience social disintegration, the impact of negative social selection and chronic dependency on the resources of refugee shelters. According to the International Federation on Ageing “The contributions of older refugees can have far-reaching impacts on the preservation of the cultures and traditions of disposed and displaced people. The wisdom and experiences of older refugees must be harnessed through formal and informal leadership roles, to improve the welfare of all refugees”. Marion MacGregor, writing for InfoMigrants says “Older refugees can be seen as an asset, rather than simply requiring special care. In many families, it falls to them to look after children so that their parents can work….. Older people are transmitters of culture, skills and crafts that are important in preserving traditions of displaced people. The resilience of older people can help to strengthen communities and they can contribute to positive and peace-building interactions with the local host communities.”    

You might be due a tax refund

 

 

Revenue wants to make sure that everyone knows about the tax credits, reliefs and exemptions they are entitled to. Revenue wrote to some people recently telling them that they might be entitled to a tax refund going back as far as 2014.
If you think that you might also be due a tax refund for the year 2014, you need to submit a claim to Revenue before midnight on 31 December 2018. If you don’t want to miss out, submit your claim to Revenue before then.