Welcome to Pension watch

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

Four out of five older people worldwide have no access to 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

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Latest resources

See more resources in our knowledge centre.

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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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