Findings on Research Older Persons Cash Transfer

Organizations: Africa Population Health Research Centre (APHRC)

Title: Preliminary Results of the Quantitative findings on the Social Pensions: The Case of Inua Jamii 70 & Above Cash Transfer Programme
Date: 
21 March 2018
Time: 
4:00 - 6:00pm
Room: 
Mara
Capacity: 
30pax


Summary

KENYA’S OLDER PERSONS CASH TRANSFER PROGRAMME:
LESSONS ON ITS ROLE IN SUPPORTING THE POOREST OLDER PEOPLE IN URBAN SLUMS

Emerging findings from a DfID-ESRC funded research project on:

‘Impacts of social pensions on multiple dimensions of poverty, subjective well-being and solidarity across generations’ 

Convened by: African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and University of Southampton, UK

Background

A growing number of sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries are expanding or initiating new social protection (SP) coverage for older adults. The trend reflects commitments made to the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and a mounting recognition of the role of SP as a driver of inclusive development and of the universal right to such protection.
Within this context, efforts to take stock of- and learn from the operation and impacts of existing old age social protection measures -- across rural and urban contexts -- are critically important for informing both (i) the further refinement of extant programming and (ii) the design of the ‘next generation’ of schemes.
Learning lessons may be particularly vital for addressing present fault lines in the debate on how formal social protection -- for older people or other groups – can and ought to be approached. Such fault lines include divergent positions on the need for universal, life cycle-based social protection floors, as opposed to more narrowly targeted safety nets for the poorest. They also include enduring debates, in SSA, about the evolving role of ‘informal, especially family-based social protection systems and their interaction with formal schemes.

Side Event Aims and Structure

The aim of this side event is to contribute to the body of learning from existing old age social protection schemes. To this end, it will present --and offer a forum for discussion on—evidence and voices emerging from DFID-ESRC funded research on the targeting, reallocation and impacts of Kenya’s OPCTP in two urban slums in Nairobi.
Two presentations of complementary quantitative and qualitative evidence, and subsequent reflections by expert discussants will, respectively, consider:

  1. Targeting of Kenya’s OPCTP: Who benefits in the Nairobi slums?
  2. Reallocation of OPCT benefits: patterns and drivers of sharing by older beneficiaries in Nairobi slums

The presentations will be followed by the voice of an OPCTP beneficiary from Viwandani, Nairobi, who will share perspectives and experiences on (i) the meaning and adequacy of the stipends received, (ii) beneficiaries’ communication with government and (iii) the new Inua Jamii 70+ approach.

An open, moderated discussion on the relevance and wider implications of the perspectives raised, the lessons to be distilled from them and potential avenues for further developing the learning will conclude the session.

Refreshments will be served

Speakers: Researchers from APHRC and University of Southampton (UK)
Discussants: TBC

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