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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).

Pension Inequality Firmly on the Election 2020 Campaign Agenda

Age Action joined the SIPTU led coalition of non-governmental organisations for the launch of the STOP67 campaign in Dublin today (Thursday, 23rd January) which aims to halt the increase of the state pension age for workers to 67 from next year in order to address inequalities in the pension system.

Speaking at the formal campaign launch in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in Kildare Street, Dublin, SIPTU Deputy General Secretary, Ethel Buckley, said: “STOP67 is the SIPTU campaign to stop the increase of the state pension age to 67 on 1st January, 2021.

“SIPTU representatives are not surprised this is a major general election issue. We have been hearing from our members since the abolition of the transitional pension scheme in 2014 about the difficulties that the retirement gap has been causing for workers. This includes the absolute indignity of people coming up to 65 years of age who are expecting to get their pension and having to sign on the dole.”

National Women’s Council of Ireland Director, Orla O’Connor, said: “This is a core issue for women. Women rely on the state pension for the vast majority of their income in older age. So, anything that impacts on state pensions disproportionally impacts on women.”

Age Action Chief Executive, Paddy Connolly, said: “This campaign is not only about stopping the rise of the pension age to 67 but also the creation of a stakeholder forum which will consider issues such as finances, age discrimination and others that effect people in their retirement.”

Active Retirement Ireland chief executive, Maureen Kavanagh, said: “Ireland has the youngest population but the highest prospective retirement age in the EU. We are not under the demographic pressure of other countries. Retirement is a great part of life but it has to be voluntary, flexible and appropriate. We can’t force people out of a job that they love, or to stay in their job.”

SIPTU General Secretary, Joe Cunningham, called on Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to make clear their position on the pensions issue.

He added: “All the other political parties are supporting the ‘STOP67’ campaign. The big two parties must make their position clear.”