Aging and Development


The Center’s Aging and Development research unit has for the last three years focused on clarifying links between issues affecting older populations and core development objectives in Africa. It has offered direction and support to national and regional research and policy agendas on aging, and introduced African perspectives into global conversations on aging.
Three programmatic areas are united under an overarching goal to clarify the needs, economic rationales, conceptual frames and options for action on the rights and wellbeing of older populations.

The signature issue for the Aging and Development Unit is long-term care. We aim to illuminate current realities and experiences of informal and formal long-term care (LTC) provision and receipt; understand the broader development implications of LTC; and to identify and assess emerging models and approaches to forging long-term care systems for Africa within the broader framework of the care economy.

The second program of work will examine later-life wellbeing and inequity by investigating older people’s conceptions, priority concerns and service needs related to their current and future wellbeing; old age-based and within-older population inequities in wellbeing and service access; and identify programmatic approaches
to address such disparities.

The Unit will contribute to the Center’s research on the Demographic Dividend through a program of work that seeks to understand where and how older populations are relevant to national and regional efforts to achieve a demographic dividend, elucidating their influence and impacts on the lives of young people and their
contributions to the transformation and revitalization of sectors including agriculture.

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