Developing Countries: Older People

Department for International Development written question – answered on 11th June 2015.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to ensure that the UK's international development strategy supports older people.

Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister of State, Department for International Development

DFID is committed to ensuring that the specific needs of the most vulnerable and marginalised, including older people, are addressed in everything DFID does. This includes in our country programmes and humanitarian responses, through DFID-supported social protection programmes such as the Senior Citizen’s Grant in Uganda and by committing to making age-disaggregated data is a requirement for humanitarian financing. DFID also funds a number of civil society organisations who support older people, including a significant partnership with HelpAge International. DFID’s disability framework, published in December 2014, highlights the importance of specifically addressing the needs of older people.

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