Old age social protection in an ageing Asia: current trends and future directions


Recording of the webinar "Old age social protection in an ageing Asia: current trends and future directions", hosted by the socialprotection.org platform on 16 February 2017. Recent years have seen growing investments in social protection across countries in Asia, and old age pensions have been a significant part of the picture. As countries in the region experience rapid population ageing over the coming decades, the issue of old age social protection will become even more relevant. However, analysis remains limited on the extent to which these emerging social protection measures are successful in ensuring income security in old age.

This webinar will discuss the findings from new research by HelpAge International, supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The report, Work, family and social protection, mines existing datasets to assess the extent to which older people can rely on these three key sources of income, using five countries as case studies: Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. In particular, it reviews the contribution of new tax-financed social pension schemes, which have become increasingly common across the region.

Panellist 1: Charles Knox-Vydmanov, Social Protection Policy Adviser, HelpAge International 

Panellist 2: Lisa Hannigan, Director, Poverty and Social Transfers, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia)

Panellist 3: Professor Bazlul Haque Khondker, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka

Moderator: Daniel Horn, Economic Adviser, HelpAge International


08:00 - 08:05: Introduction (Daniel Horn) 

08:05 - 08:35: Presentation (Charles Knox-Vydmanov)

08:35 - 08:55: Reflections on findings (Lisa Hannigan and Bazlul Khondker) 

08:55 - 09:30: Q&A and discussion (Daniel, Charles, Lisa and Bazlul)