Research for policy and practice

ESRC-DFID research for policy and practice: pensioner poverty


Photo (cropped): Maai Mahiu Market, Kenya. Photo credit: Konrad Glogowski/Flickr licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Longer lives not only deliver social benefits but are also crucial from an economic perspective. If supported, longevity can yield productivity gains in terms of a larger, experienced labour force, as well as in contributions to society such as caregiving and volunteering. This collection of ESRC-DFID funded research shows that in many settings, universal cash transfers and social pension programmes are providing much-needed financial support to older people.

Focus projects: 

Picture shows a farmer and his wife with their store of maize crops - they have 7 children and 5 grandchildren. The maize is a drought tolerant variety.
This research seeks to generate robust, urgently needed evidence to address the critical knowledge gaps in order to inform policy debates and thinking on the further development of the Older Persons Cash Transfer Programme in Kenya.
Photograph shows a group of men preparing potatoes in Malawi. In Malawi, 90 percent of the labour force works outside the formal economy, leaving the majority of the country without job security or social services such as pension funds.
Youth poverty is important, not least because of its implications for the future, yet rural youth poverty in particular has received little attention from researchers or policy makers. The recent innovation in policy responses to poverty in sub-Saharan Africa has been social cash transfer (SCT) schemes.