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.
Global AgeWatch Index : Focus on Income security
The Global AgeWatch Index presents a unique snapshot of the situation of older people in 96 countries of the world today.
It highlights which countries are doing best for their older populations and how this links with policies towards pensions, health, education, employment and social environment.
The 2014 Insight report had a special focus on income security. It looked at how extending pension coverage improved income security in later life. The 2015 insight report calls for the inclusion of statistics on older persons in global data sets.
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"
Year: 2016 | Published by: The Bangkok Post
This opinion piece was written in response to the proposal from the Thailand Government to impose an income test on the old-age allowance. It...
Year: 2016 | Published by: TheCitizenTz
News article giving details about the launch of the universal pension in Zanzibar.
Year: 2016 | Published by: Coalition of Services of the Elderly
This study provides lessons in two areas key to assessing the progress of the Philippine social pension: (a) impact of the scheme, and (b)...
Year: 2016 | Published by: ILO
This short brief provides information on the Old Age Pension in Lesotho. It highlights the main lessons learnt from the implementation of the scheme...
Year: 2016 | Published by: Ideas For Development
This blog by Stephen Kidd provides some reflection on the relative effectiveness of universal versus poverty targeted approaches.