Since the censuses of ancient times, policy makers have relied on data. In what the UN is terming a data revolution, technological advancement now means that we have more information than ever at our fingertips. Bigger datasets covering more people and more topics have the potential to highlight the experiences of previously marginalised groups. Indeed, the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons has proposed that data be disaggregated ‘by gender, geography, income, disability and other categories to ensure that no-one is left behind’. Continue reading
The UN is on the cusp of the next stage of negotiations for the international development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) post-2015.
All eyes are looking to the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) to set a new standard for international cooperation with lofty ambitions of leaving no-one behind, a universal agenda that applies to all countries, environmental sustainability, accountability and creating a data revolution.
On the UN’s International Day of Older Persons, the latest Global Age Watch Index underlines international variation in experiences of old age.
Today, Help Age International publish the latest edition of their Global Age Watch Index. For 96 countries, and 91% of the world’s population over 60, the index captures the standard of living of older people. The index combines 13 indicators, incorporating income security, health status, education and employment, and whether a country provides an enabling environment for older people. Continue reading
Over the next 6 months, we will be working with Age UK on a project which will consider how we set the agenda for the future for UK transport policy in the context of ageing. As part of the ILC Global Alliance visit to the UK, we will organise an event on transport innovations. (Details below). Continue reading
Seventeen years have elapsed since the 3rd IFA Conference was held in Durban, South Africa in 1997 and the 12th IFA Conference takes place in Hyderabad this June. I was a co-organiser of the Durban conference, which we convened three years into the country’s proud new democracy, after the jubilantly heralded demise of apartheid (Ferreira, 1997). Continue reading
A Hugh Grant response to the news of China becoming the largest economy in the world
‘Next time someone tells you China is the number 1 economy, a bumbling Hugh Grant response is probably apt: “well, yes um, maybe, but, for how long, and, why does it matter?”’
Over the past few weeks there have been a host of stories about China overtaking the US as the largest economy in the world. This stems from analysis undertaken by the World Bank’s International Comparison Programme (ICP) which has revised its methodology for calculating comparative GDP. Continue reading
The next annual conference of the International Federation of Ageing (IFA) in Hyderabad approaches rapidly, and the ILC Global Alliance is delighted to be participating, continuing its strong relationship with the IFA, and its history of featuring strongly in past conference programmes.
Europe faces significant labour market gaps as a result of demographic change. In the UK alone there are 13.5 million job vacancies, which need to be filled over the next ten years. But only seven million young people are projected to leave school and college over that time.
Despite a growth in the number of older workers since the 1990s, the EU is still failing to meet its target set in 2001 to achieve 50% employment rate of older workers by 2010. Over the period 2002-2008, the average age of labour market withdrawal among the EU-28 had only increased by an estimated 1.3 years, from 60.1 to 61.4.
And whilst the employment levels of older workers has increased over the past decade by 10% there is significant variation across Europe. Just 13% of Hungarians aged 60-64 were in work in 2010 compared to over 60% of Swedes. Continue reading
Earlier this month, I attended the intersessional meeting between civil society and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) in New York. The OWG is the group of UN member states that is leading the process towards a global framework beyond 2015. The session included a presentation on ageing for the first time ever. Continue reading