About social pensions
Four out of five older people have no access to a pension.
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.
Why social pensions?
What and where?
Social pensions database
Our social pensions database has the latest data on over 100 social pension schemes around the world.
Use our simple interactive form to work out the cost of a universal social pension in 175 countries across the globe.
Krishna is 75 and lives in Nepal. He relies on his pension to pay his medical bills.
HelpAge's pensions glossary provides precise definitions of the terms used in the social pensions debate.