No Country for the Old? Policy Plans and Ageing in Nepal.

Authors: Sarah Speck*, University of Zurich - Zurich
Topics: Development, Population Geography, Social Geography
Keywords: Ageing, Rural Ageing, Livelihood Strategies, Nepal
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM
Room: Mid-City, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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Under the MIPAA* declaration (UN 2002), the Nepalese government issued policies addressing the topic of ageing (cf. Senior Citizens Act, GoN 2006). However, translation and implementation of policies into programmes appear as extremely difficult. In addition, lack of data on older people and maintaining these updated seem to be challenging. As one of the world’s poorest and secluded countries, Nepal is currently experiencing a rapid greying of the society with an annual growth rate of 3.5% of the group of older people which is higher than the annual growth rate of the total population (1.35%) (Chalise 2006; GoN 2014). Given that more than 80% of older people live in rural areas, remoteness, mountainous terrain, and inaccessibility to services constitute extra challenges for them along with age-related ailments and the absence of younger generations (Rajan 2008). By looking at policy measurements aimed at the older people, I try to detect the political aspect in older people’s livelihoods. Along with Geiser (2017) I argue that the livelihoods approach which has been frequently criticised of being blind towards political and power relations needs deeper insight of how these relations are understood. This qualitative study from Western Nepal discusses older people’s experiences with access to implemented services, such as old age allowances or old age homes (cf. GoN 2006). The paper aims at giving a deeper understanding of the political, social and spatial context of the elderly living in a mountainous region of the Global South.

* Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing

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