About social pensions

Millions live in poverty or work well into their old age. Social pensions are a way of giving older people a minimum income in old age.

Social pensions are non-contributory cash transfers paid regularly to older people. They are widely acknowledged to be one of the most effective tools to reduce old age poverty and invest in human capital development.

Pension watch series

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Social pensions database

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

Pensions calculator

Link to Pesions Calculator

Use our simple interactive form to work out the cost of a universal social pension in 175 countries across the globe.

Krishna's story

Link to Pensioners` stories

Krishna is 75 and lives in Nepal. He relies on his pension to pay his medical bills.

Read Krishna's story.

Pensions glossary

Use our pensions glossary

HelpAge's pensions glossary provides precise definitions of the terms used in the social pensions debate.

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