We continue to build a strong relationship with many international organisations, and among these is the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing . The Oxford team led by Professor Sarah Harper (UK) and Professor Jaco Hoffman (S Africa) has developed a proposal to work in partnership with us on a research project on ‘Ageing in the Commonwealth’.
Also involved in the project are Senior Research Fellow Dr Kenneth Howse and in an advisory capacity, Dr George Leeson.
The research will complement analysis of a wide range of open data sources (i.e. desk research) with a number of case studies that have been selected to illustrate the widely different demographic circumstances found among the Commonwealth countries. The case studies will be based on interviews with local exert informants, and the idea is to elicit details about policy and provision that we could not easily get from open sources. The case study countries are Malta, Mauritius, Barbados, Malaysia, Jamaica, S Africa, Kenya, Pakistan, Nigeria.
Presentationally the report will embed examples of policy challenges and policy solutions (this is where the case studies should prove useful) in wider discussions of trends and ‘infrastructure’ issues in key areas: health and health care; poverty and income security; aged care/long-term care.
The outcome of the research report will be prepared in time to be presented at the time of the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2018. It is intended this report will provide a baseline assessment of the status of older people and the support currently available to them from governments and non state organisations across all 52 countries of the Commonwealth; a baseline against which future progress and development can be measured and regularly reported.
Additional partners are still needed to assist us in funding this important project, so if you are interested in supporting us or know someone who does please get in touch by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.