Retirement policies and economic security for older people in Africa

  • O.K. Darkwa Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA


Major features and limitations of social insurance and retirement programmes in Africa are examined. The relationship between formal and informal security systems is explored and the role of communities, non-governmental organizations and employer-based private pension schemes for retired older Africans is highlighted. In addition, social, health, gender inequity and long-term care services are discussed, the provision of which could enhance the well-being of older Africans.


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