Welcome to Pension watch

Pension watch is a comprehensive online resource on non-contributory (social) pensions.

In low and middle income countries the majority of older people do not recieve a pension. Social pensions are non-contributory cash transfers paid regularly to older people. They are widely acknowledged to be one of the most effective social protection tools to reduce old age poverty and invest in human capital development. They can help older people live with dignity and support the realisation of the human right to an adequate standard of living. Find out how much a social pension would cost in your country, visit our knowledge centre, view our blogs or download our social pensions database.

www.pension-watch.net has been developed by HelpAge International with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The website has a wide range of publications and country evidence to provide a global overview on social pensions, and their role in development. It aims to become the most comprehensive knowledge base on social pensions.

 

Click to use our interactive social pensions map.

Pension watch series

Read our briefings on social pensions

Social pensions database

Our social pensions database has the latest data on over 100 non-contributory pension schemes around the world.

Pensions in action

Watch our film "Social Protection for Older People in Africa"

Latest resources

  • A framework for sustainable security systems

    Year: 2014 | Published by: World Economic Forum

    Author: World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Social Security Systems

    The Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Social Security Systems is a multi-stakeholder group with 15 members representing international government agencies, academia, and the public...

  • Advocating for social pensions lessons learnt from the Philippines

    Year: 2014 | Published by: HelpAge International

    Author: HelpAge International

    This paper presents the success of COSE s advocacy approaches and its grassroots, long-term vision when it comes to helping older people in poverty...

See more resources in our knowledge centre.

Thanks, Otto! 125 years of pensions

125 years ago Otto von Bismarck introduced the first public pension in Germany - which influenced the development of pension systems across the world. But the world has changed dramatically since Bismarck's time, and many people still don't recieve a pension when they reach old age. 

Join us in Berlin on the 28 and 29 October for a discussion on the origins and future of pension systems around the world. 

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Pensions calculator

How much would a social pension cost in your country? Use our pensions calculator to find out.

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