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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).

Did Budget 2020 Take Steps Towards a Fairer Society for an Ageing Population?

 

The Government's Budget 2020 choices did not include measures to address the inequalities faced by older people living in Ireland who are family members and contributors to our communities. Budget 2020 did not offer the majority of older people the support they need to meet the rising cost of living that is anticipated by the impacts of Brexit and it did not offer a concrete plan to support us to age in place.

 

Equality for older people requires the re-distribution of resources; power and influence; status and standing; and respect.  While the Government has increased some secondary benefits with the view to targeting people in the most vulnerable situations, which is a sensible approach, it has to be acknowledged that if people had adequate income to meet the true cost of ageing, they would be able to have choice over how to spend their money to best meet their specific needs.

The net affect of Budget 2020 on the income of older person headed households is;

  • Those under 80 and living with another person are €1.08 better off per week following Budget 2020 and have seen a weekly increase of €11.68 since 2009

 

  • For those under 80 and living alone, they are €6.08 better off per week following Budget 2020, and have seen a weekly increase of €20.48 on 2009 income

 

  • For those over 80 and living with another person, their weekly income has risen by €1.08 in Budget 2020, and €11.68 since 2009

 

  • For those over 80 and living alone, they are better off by €6.08 per week following Budget 2020, and €20.48 since 2009.

 

Some people who are over 80 are people in the most vulnerable situations in our society with no capacity to increase their income while dealing with the increasing cost of ageing. A person over 80, not living alone, received €1.08 per week to cope with Brexit, the carbon tax increase and the rising cost of living in 2020. It is on the backs of these people that our economy has been built: these are the same women and men who lived through the Marriage Bar, shouldered several recessions and are now dealing with the accumulated disadvantages. In working for equality, it is critical that we focus on equality of outcomes not just equality of opportunity.