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    Researchers from the Centre for Research on Ageing and CPC have been working with colleagues at African Population Health Research Centre (APHRC) Kenya on the ESRC-DFID funded project examining the “Impacts of social pensions on multiple dimensions of poverty, subjective wellbeing and solidarity across generations”. The interdisciplinary project team led by Dr Gloria Chepngeno-Langat, includes CPC Directors Prof Maria Evandrou, Prof Jane Falkingham, and Research Fellow Dr Nele van der Wielen as well as Dr Isabella Aboderin, who leads the Ageing Programme at APHRC.

    The findings from the mixed methods project evaluating the impact of the older persons’ cash transfer programme were recently presented by Profs Maria Evandrou and Jane Falkingham along with Dr Isabella Aboderin from APHRC, at a dissemination event in Nairobi, jointly organised with the National Social Protection Secretariat (NSPS) of Kenya. A summary of the findings has been published in the policy briefing, ‘The Kenyan Older Persons Cash Transfer Programme: Understanding the impact and experiences’.

    The Older Persons Cash Transfer Programme (OPCTP), part of the Kenya National Safety Net Programme, is a central element of Kenya’s response to a growing population of older people, many of whom are entering later life without a secure source of income. The aim of the targeted OPCTP has been to guarantee a basic income for the most vulnerable and poorest Kenyans aged 65 years or older. Our research, using nationally representative household survey data and a detailed case study of older people living in Korogocho and Viwandani, two informal settlements in Nairobi, represents the first evaluation of the OPCTP - providing the National Social Protection Secretariat with invaluable evidence into the efficiency and effectiveness of the benefit and its impact upon the lives of older people and their families. The OPCTP has recently been extended to become a universal benefit payable to all older people aged 70 and over in Kenya.

    You can read the full policy briefing here.

    This research is jointly supported by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID).

    Posted 19/06/2019 14:31