Principles of the HelpAge International network


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The principles and benefits of the HelpAge International global network that works for older people across the world.

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  • So, we all know that we are living longer, but what is perhaps less well known is that this phenomenon is not just exclusive to developed nations. By 2045, people aged 60 and over worldwide will outnumber children under 14 and 80% of these will be living in the developing world. The number of people aged over 60 is predicted to rise steeply over the coming years. People over 60 currently make up 10% of the global population. By 2050, it is estimated that one in five of the population will be aged over 60 However, despite this, the needs of older people are routinely overlooked by governments and non-governmental organisations alike. So this is why the work of Age UK and Help Age International is so necessary
  • Principles of the HelpAge International network

    1. 1. Sylvia Beales, Head of Strategic Alliances
    2. 2. Principles of the network <ul><li>The network is “a tree with a long shadow” </li></ul><ul><li>HelpAge is a growing global network of Affiliates who have equal status but are varied in size and reach </li></ul><ul><li>Affiliates share the global vision </li></ul><ul><li>Affiliates are the roots of the tree </li></ul><ul><li>The network supports: </li></ul><ul><li>Influence on national regional and international agendas </li></ul><ul><li>Older people’s leadership and voice </li></ul><ul><li>Profile and voice of older people in Affiliate policies </li></ul><ul><li>HelpAge to demonstrate its diversity and strength in partnerships </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>We will build global and local movements that enable older men and women to challenge age discrimination and claim their rights </li></ul><ul><li>We will support a growing global network of organisations to work effectively with and for older men and women </li></ul>HelpAge Strategy 2015: Global actions 4 and 5
    4. 4. Network outreach <ul><li>5 Regional Development Centres </li></ul><ul><li>11 Country Offices </li></ul><ul><li>Programmes in over 50 countries </li></ul><ul><li>87 Affiliated organisations and over 200 partners </li></ul>
    5. 5. Global network <ul><li>76% are OP focussed </li></ul><ul><li>24% focus on older people in their overall work </li></ul><ul><li>Each have direct work with older people </li></ul><ul><li>Each can show good practice with older people </li></ul>
    6. 7. Support to programmes <ul><li>The Council on the Ageing (Australia) Facilitated regional and global meetings on health and ageing and supported our access to leading ageing and health academics in Australia. </li></ul><ul><li>ALA Dominicana (Dominican Republic) Provided a base in Dominica and logistical support for our work in Haiti. </li></ul><ul><li>The Coalition of Services of the Elderly, COSE (Philippines) Organised network workshops on communications in emergencies </li></ul><ul><li>Vietnam Association of the Elderly Co-hosted and co-funded a regional meeting of older people’s association leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Citizens’ Association of Zambia, HelpAge Kenya and HelpAge Ghana Supported our Linking Lives development awareness programme in Europe. </li></ul><ul><li>Our Global Ambassadors speak at events such as the global meeting of the International Federation on Ageing in Australia and the regional Red Cross review in Vienna and the UN Open Ended Working Group on Ageing. The seven ambassadors are recognised internationally as experts on ageing. </li></ul>
    7. 8. <ul><li>Network package: </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity development </li></ul><ul><li>Support during emergencies </li></ul><ul><li>Influence and representation in the board </li></ul><ul><li>Shared good practice </li></ul><ul><li>Influence in national regional and global strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>Joint programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising </li></ul><ul><li>Obligations </li></ul><ul><li>Annual fee </li></ul><ul><li>Active contributions to the network </li></ul><ul><li>Support for fundraising </li></ul><ul><li>Using the visual identity of HA where possible </li></ul>
    8. 9. Leadership in the network <ul><li>Age UK It advocated for the inclusion of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on the DEC list of countries experiencing complex political emergencies. They have also committed over £1 million in 2011-2012 to build our work in fragile states and have made significant investment in public fundraising activities for international work. </li></ul><ul><li>Tsao Foundation Led on the formulation of regional self-care initiatives in East Asia, submitting proposals on behalf of partners in the region. </li></ul><ul><li>European and US Affiliates HelpAge Germany, World Granny and HelpAge USA helped to raise funds for our work on emergencies, social pensions and income security. </li></ul><ul><li>Cordaid, Netherlands have a joint partnership to respond and develop policy on income security and social protection in South Asia and East Africa, and they have mobilised funding from the Dutch Government on our behalf for this purpose. </li></ul>