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Old age pensions and sustainable development: lessons from East Africa

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1 – 2pm

Old age pensions and sustainable development: lessons from East Africa

For this year’s Bank of Ireland Positive Ageing Week, Age Action Ireland is teaming up with their partners HelpAge International to raise awareness in Ireland about the importance of old age pensions for alleviating poverty and supporting sustainable development. This event is held in association with Trinity College Dublin's School of Social Sciences and Philosophy and TIDI.

The speakers share lessons from the field where, with support from Irish Aid, they are carrying out a 5-year development programme aimed at increasing the access of older men and women to appropriate, inclusive and effective social protection systems, in particular old age pensions. They discuss challenges facing older people in developing countries, the growing interest across the Africa region in social protection – particularly universal pensions – and their experience in social accountability activities. Case studies include the current roll out of a universal pension in Kenya, the introduction of a universal pension in Zanzibar in 2016, and moves toward the same in Malawi and Mozambique. They also share their experience of older citizen monitoring in countries like Ethiopia. In the broader view, the seminar provides an opportunity to reflect on how expanding pensions can be a first major step toward a wider lifecycle system of social protection, echoing the experience of countries like Ireland over a century ago.

Dr Prafulla Mishra – Regional Director, HelpAge International for Africa. Prafulla’s professional interests include social development, gender, humanitarian response and recovery, resilience, and governance. Before joining HelpAge in 2014, Prafulla worked with Oxfam, the International Rescue Committee, the Norwegian Refugee Council, and on various development, humanitarian and post-conflict programmes in India, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan, Chad and Yemen. He has an MSc in Ecology and a PhD in Life Sciences.

Mr Tapiwa Huye – Regional Programme Manager for Social Protection, HelpAge International for Africa. Tapiwa manages the Irish Aid-funded programme ‘Accountability and Fulfilment for Older People to Raise their Dignity’ (AFFORD) which is being implemented in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Ireland. He joined HelpAge in May 2017 from a GOAL International emergency programme in South Sudan. Previously he worked in the areas of emergency, economic livelihoods, food security and social cash transfers with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mercy Corps, Sightsavers and CARE International in Zimbabwe, Angola, South Sudan, Malawi, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Tanzania for a period spanning 17 years. Tapiwa is an active participant of the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) group. He has a BSc in Economics and an MBA in Finance & Administration.

Mrs Sofia Mohamed – Senior Programme Officer for Social Protection/Livelihood Programme, Head of HelpAge International Ethiopia Office. Sofia has more than 17 years’ experience managing programmes that promote social development, social accountability and protection for vulnerable groups. Prior to joining HelpAge in July 2006, she worked as the rehabilitation officer and sub-programme manager at ZOA Refugee Care. Sofia is active in documenting and sharing the lives and experiences of Ethiopian older people and their families at international conferences such as Ageing & Society: Sixth Interdisciplinary Conference (6-7 October 2016 in Norrkoping, Sweden); Thirteenth Global Conference of the International Federation on Ageing (21-23 June 2016 in Brisbane, Australia); and Eighteenth International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (29 Nov-4 Dec 2015 in Harare, Zimbabwe). She has an MSc in Economics.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Public
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Mairead Finn

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