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Accountability to older
women and men
Magda Rossmann
Accountability Officer
mrossmann@helpage.org
World Vision Accountabil...
The world is ageing fast…
• There are more adults over 60
than children under 5
• By 2030, there will be more
people over ...
Gaps and challenges
Are we accountable to older women and
men?
“Nowadays there is no more respect for old people in the co...
Gaps and challenges
Contrary to common beliefs, older people are not
always cared for by their family and community.
Patte...
Gaps and challenges
In principle, older people may be recognised as a
vulnerable group. In practice, however:
• Data about...
Gaps and challenges
Programmes are
not tailored to
meet older
people’s specific
needs
Gaps and challenges
They are minimally
consulted in the
planning and
execution of
programmes and
humanitarian
operations
“...
Gaps and challenges
Their capacity to
be active
participants in
recovery and
response is
ignored
"I need cash to support m...
Accountability to older people –
key actions
Participation
• Data disaggregated by age and sex
• Inclusion of older people in needs
assessments
• Older People Associat...
Information sharing
Communicating with Older People
• Gender and age matter
• Religious and traditional beliefs
• Language...
Communicating with older
people: 10 tips
1. Ensure peaceful environment and good
acoustics
2. Speak clearly but not too lo...
Communicating with older
people: 10 tips
6. Examples work better
7. Repeat your message
8. Speak the local language
9. Ens...
Complaints mechanisms
• OPAs and OCMs
• Kenya intergenerational helpdesks
Kenya help desks
Intergenerational community help
desks were established as a
mechanism to enhance accountability
to the c...
Protection Policy
• For children and vulnerable adults
Vulnerable adults are those aged 18 years or
more who either:
• ide...
Thank you!
Questions?
Comments?
Group work
• Examples of current practice /
involvement of older people
• Key challenges
• Opportunities
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  1. 1. Accountability to older women and men Magda Rossmann Accountability Officer mrossmann@helpage.org World Vision Accountability to Communities Workshop 17th – 20th September 2013, Geneva
  2. 2. The world is ageing fast… • There are more adults over 60 than children under 5 • By 2030, there will be more people over 60 than under 10
  3. 3. Gaps and challenges Are we accountable to older women and men? “Nowadays there is no more respect for old people in the community. Back in the old days in Somalia the young used to bring milk and meet the old people. This was the form of respect given to them. Those values are lost in this place. I even have to go and beg for my firewood.” Ajabo Ahmed, around 70 years old, Dadaab camp, Kenya (2011)
  4. 4. Gaps and challenges Contrary to common beliefs, older people are not always cared for by their family and community. Patterns of discrimination may actually be accentuated in the drive for survival in humanitarian crises. When excluded by their own communities and families, older people may become isolated and be unaware that humanitarian assistance is available
  5. 5. Gaps and challenges In principle, older people may be recognised as a vulnerable group. In practice, however: • Data about them is often not collected
  6. 6. Gaps and challenges Programmes are not tailored to meet older people’s specific needs
  7. 7. Gaps and challenges They are minimally consulted in the planning and execution of programmes and humanitarian operations “Most people who left Jada went to Chad but me and my sister were too old to walk there, and my legs get very sore, so we came to this camp instead.” Halima, age unknown, Darfur (2004)
  8. 8. Gaps and challenges Their capacity to be active participants in recovery and response is ignored "I need cash to support my recovery. I would be able to rebuild my home and to help my sons to invest in a business so they can support themselves and the family.” Myriam, 69 years old, Badin, Pakistan (2011)
  9. 9. Accountability to older people – key actions
  10. 10. Participation • Data disaggregated by age and sex • Inclusion of older people in needs assessments • Older People Associations and Older Citizens Monitoring Groups
  11. 11. Information sharing Communicating with Older People • Gender and age matter • Religious and traditional beliefs • Language • Respect
  12. 12. Communicating with older people: 10 tips 1. Ensure peaceful environment and good acoustics 2. Speak clearly but not too loud: it is a common misunderstanding that shouting makes people hear you better 3. When needed, hold separate group discussions with older women and older men 4. Group meetings not longer that 1,5 hours 5. One topic at the time
  13. 13. Communicating with older people: 10 tips 6. Examples work better 7. Repeat your message 8. Speak the local language 9. Ensure people can understand you 10. Be respectful!
  14. 14. Complaints mechanisms • OPAs and OCMs • Kenya intergenerational helpdesks
  15. 15. Kenya help desks Intergenerational community help desks were established as a mechanism to enhance accountability to the community. The help desk committee members received training on accountability and documentation as well as awareness on HIV and AIDS.
  16. 16. Protection Policy • For children and vulnerable adults Vulnerable adults are those aged 18 years or more who either: • identify themselves as unable to take care of themselves or protect themselves from harm or exploitation. or • due to their gender, old age or frailty, mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities as well as disasters and conflicts, and are unable or unwilling as a result to identify themselves as vulnerable or subject to abuse, but are deemed at risk
  17. 17. Thank you! Questions? Comments?
  18. 18. Group work • Examples of current practice / involvement of older people • Key challenges • Opportunities

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