Research Programme

Impact of social pensions on multiple dimensions of poverty, subjective wellbeing and solidarity across generations

This project is funded by the ESRC and DFID

Gloria Chepngeno Langat, Isabella Aboderin, Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham and Nele van der Wielen

Project summary

Over the past decade a growing number of SSA countries, such as Kenya, have introduced or expanded social pension programmes for vulnerable older people as a means to securing their livelihoods and enhancing their well-being. Kenya's Older Persons Cash Transfer Programme (OPCTP) was piloted in 2007 and has since expanded to reach over 164,000 beneficiaries with monthly stipends of US$23. The readiness of governments such as Kenya's to invest in such schemes has been spurred by evidence, largely from South Africa's long established social pension, of positive impacts of pension grants on beneficiary households, for example improvements in the economic, education or health opportunities of younger household members as a result of older beneficiaries' tendency to 'share' their pensions with younger generation kin. Much less attention however has been paid to diverging analyses that raise concerns over the impacts of social pensions on the well-being of older beneficiaries and inter-generational cohesion within their households and families. This study, which is led by Dr Gloria Chepngeno Langat and also includes Prof. Maria Evandrou, Prof. Jane Falkingham and Dr Isabella Aboderin, will use a mixed methods approach to evaluate the impact of the older persons’ cash transfer programme.


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