Uganda’s Senior Citizens’ Grant

Development Pathways is pleased to share the paper  ‘Uganda’s Senior Citizen’s Grant: A success story from the heart of Africa‘ by Stephen Kidd.

In this paper Development Pathways’ Stephen Kidd discusses the success of Uganda’s Senior Citizens’ Grant (SCG), with evidence from the evaluation of the programme.

The paper highlights the significant improvements in the lives of the 125,000 beneficiaries and their families since the SCG commenced.  Recipients of the pension report that some of its benefits include the ability to meet daily basic needs, access private medical services in times of illness, and provide monetary support to grandchildren. The pension gave beneficiaries a greater sense of dignity, as recipients saw improvements in their status in the community because they were less reliant on begging. The paper also notes positive spillover effects of the SCG on local economies.

The second phase of the Expanding Social Protection Programme (ESP II) is implemented by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) of Uganda, funded by the UK Department for International Development and Irish Aid, and managed by Maxwell Stamp in association with Development Pathways.

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Stephen Kidd is a Senior Social Policy Specialist at Development Pathways who has worked as a consultant and adviser on social development and social protection for the past 30 years.

Follow Stephen on Twitter: @JustKIDDing_DP

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