External links


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Action on Elder Abuse South Africa

This website offers a toll free helpline, legal services, counselling and rehabilitative services for older people suffering all different kinds of abuse in South Africa. 

Africa Progress Panel

The Africa Progress Panel consists of a group of distinguished individuals chaired by Kofi Annan whose objective is to track and encourage progress in Africa, and to underscore shared responsibility between African leaders and their international partners for sustaining it.

Alzheimer's Disease International

Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) is the umbrella organisation of Alzheimer associations around the world. They aim to help establish and strengthen Alzheimer associations throughout the world, and to raise global awareness about Alzheimer's disease and all other causes of dementia.

Centre for Ageing and Development in Ireland (CARDI)

The Centre for Ageing and Development in Ireland (CARDI) advocates for and supports ageing research as a means to improve the lives of older people especially those who are disadvantaged.

European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012

2012 is the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.The European Year seeks to raise awareness of issues related to ageing and the best ways of dealing with them. But most of all it seeks to encourage all policymakers and stakeholders to set themselves goals and take action to meet them.

Global Extension of Social Security (GESS)

GESS is a trilingual global knowledge sharing platform developed to promote the extension of social security. It is run by the Social Security Department of the International Labour Office (ILO).

Handicap International

Handicap International is an independent international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people in over 60 countries worldwide. Our organisation is the recipient of the 2011 Hilton Humanitarian Prize in recognition of almost 30 years of humanitarian action.

Humanitarian Reform

Humanitarian reform seeks to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian response by ensuring greater predictability, accountability and partnership. It is an ambitious effort by the international humanitarian community to reach more beneficiaries, with more comprehensive needs-based relief and protection, in a more effective and timely manner. The website contains useful manuals and guidelines on the cluster approach to humanitarian relief.

IAHSA - The Global Ageing Network

IAHSA was founded in 1994 as a platform for policymakers, researchers, business and ageing services providers to collectively share their knowledge and best practices to enhance quality of care for the older people.

Over the years IAHSA has created an international forum for the exchange of research, services, products and training that make up the Global Ageing Network.


Part of Alzheimer's Disease International, I CAN! I WILL! is a library of ideas to help people around the world stand up and speak out about Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.


Mature@ EU aims to enable employers or personnel recruiters to introduce age-diverse recruitment policies and practices.

Reuters Alertnet

The alertnet website is dedicated to raising awareness of crises across the globe, particularly "forgotten" emergencies that rarely make headlines.

South African Older Persons' Forum

A national forum for older people which combats age discrimination by generating a voice for older men and women through lobbying, analysing legislation and disseminating information on older people's rights.

The Elders

Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu have convened a group of leaders, The Elders, to contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackling some of the world's toughest problems.

The Canadian Journal on Aging

The Canadian Journal on Aging is a refereed, quarterly publication of the Canadian Association on Gerontology.

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People

Established in 2011, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People is a civil society movement born out of the need to strengthen the rights and voice of older people globally. The Alliance is the result of the collaborative efforts of the nine organisations that currently form its Steering Group, of which HelpAge International is a member.

The 10/66 Dementia Research Group

The 10/66 Dementia Research Group is a collective of researchers carrying out population-based research into dementia, non-communicable diseases and ageing in low and middle income countries.

The World Health Organisation

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. Its Ageing and Life Course Programme looks at the social implications of ageing and works to mainstream ageing into the global health agenda.

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

DESA and its predecessors have helped countries around the world meet their economic, social and environmental challenges for more than 50 years. DESA's mission - to promote development for all - reflects a fundamental concern for equity and equality in countries large and small, developed and developing.

UNICEF social and economic policy website

This section of the UNICEF website explains the impact of social and economic policy on the lives of children, and the work UNICEF and partners are doing to ensure that this impact is positive. Includes information on the global economic crisis, meetings and conferences and UNICEF's Social and Economic Policy Working Briefs and Papers series.

United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.


UNRISD is an autonomous UN agency engaging in multidisciplinary research on the social dimensions of contemporary problems affecting development. Through its research, UNRISD stimulates dialogue and contributes to policy debates on key issues of social development within and outside the United Nations system. 

United Nations OHCHR: Human rights of older persons

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights strives to ensure that neglected population groups are given space and weight in the human rights agenda, and that governments take all measures required to protect and promote their human rights. The role of the Office is to ensure a voice for all, especially for those whose voices are seldom heard.


This website promotes awareness and advocacy on social transfer and social protection in southern Africa. Their aim is to increase understanding of social protection issues within six focus countries - Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

World Demographic & Ageing Forum

The WDA Forum recognises that demographic change offers not only a formidable challenge, but above all a unique opportunity. Only through an integrated approach can sustainable solutions be developed. We thus highlight inter-disciplinary the societal, economic, health and educational-political impacts of the foreseeable change.

Worldwide Ageing Statistics

AgeStats Worldwide provides access to comparative statistical data that compare the situation of older adults across countries or regions around a variety of issues areas. The most recent data and projections as far ahead as 2050 are provided where available.

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