Old age and poverty in developing countries: new policy challenges

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Almost all developing countries are now experiencing demographic ageing. This paper examines the consequences of ageing for the poor. It assesses the extent to which the poor are participating in demographic ageing, or whether the process is largely restricted to relatively privileged groups. The paper observes that policy and research mainly focus on pensions programs, which have little relevance for most poor older people. It then describes livelihood patterns for poor elders, highlighting the importance of intergenerational exchange. Health policies are also found to largely ignore the needs of this group, and the expansion of private financing presents particular problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2157-2168
Number of pages12
JournalWorld Development
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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