Thursday, May 24, 2018

Indonesia and Australia Promote Social Protection for the Elderly

On 22 May, Indonesian and international aged care experts gathered at at a hotel in Jakarta to talk about the economic challenges that Indonesia’s elderly are facing, and to learn how other countries have successfully used social protection to tackle this problem.

Social protection – through cash transfers for the elderly - is becoming increasingly important globally to reduce poverty and inequality, not just for the elderly, but for all citizens. Old age grants in other countries have supported the elderly to engage in the labour force; boosted economic growth in local economies; and improved the dignity and economic independence of the elderly themselves.

In Indonesia, the social protection landscape for the elderly is very limited. Civil servants and those in the... Read More