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Older Persons and the Post-2015 agenda – a sub-Saharan African’s perspective

Development dialogue paper no.10 | June 2014
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There are multiple priorities under consideration in the post-2015 development agenda. If however, we are to approach the dialogue through a life-cycle lens, then the issues related to ageing and the demographic shifts cannot be left behind. Globally, by 2030, persons aged 60 and above (older persons) will outnumber children under the age of 10. As planning for the post-2015 era continues, there is a need to reassess our current policies and practice so that they are made fit for purpose in a greying world.

Africa is still referred to as a ‘young’ continent in terms of its demographics, yet it is ageing more rapidly than any other continent. In the current post-2015 discourse, we should address our unpreparedness in terms of utilising relevant economic, political and social opportunities as well as strengthening social protection measures for an ageing population.

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  • Mtheto Hara

    Great Work Nesta!!

    Indeed the post 2015 Agenda is not going to make any substantial difference to the future

    of Africa if we do not strongly advocate for more participatory policy change/shifting approaches

    where the African issues as experienced by Africans ( especially the marginalized), are central

    to way – forward recommendations.

    Governments, Businesses, Donors, Global politics and the traditional perceptions about
    Africa’s development priorities still focus on emulating standards set by the west which

    are usually only known and accessible to the “exposed and hegemony conformists,” who always put
    economic/ GDP gains over all other factors.

    I wish the issues you raise in your paper would make their way into

    pop culture content that the youth access on a daily basis as well as into
    high school English textbooks.

    The global multinationals and the media industry keeping on selling the concept of

    long life and better living to the youth and the “working elites” but yet they never
    include ageing as a necessary component of a healthy long life. How ironic that
    every one wants to live forever but no one looks forward to ageing. No wonder there

    are many negative attitudes and stigma targeted at older people.
    There are policies across the board on teaching all African youth ICT skills
    yet we won’t even prepare them for healthy old age lifestyles.( probably because we don’t plan any)

    I really enjoyed reading your paper and I hope through your connections
    you may be one day introduce a pan African essay writing contest for youths
    in high schools and colleges on themes of Youth, Ageing and Africa’s sustained


    thank you for sharing your great work.

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