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3 hastrup-bh presentation - ifa conference - maj 2012 (1)

  1. 1. IFA 11th Global Conference on AgeingNGO’s and their roles andresponsibilities in an ageing worldPromoting action for older people’swell being in a highly developedcountry based on the socialwelfare model Bjarne Hastrup, CEO
  2. 2. DaneAge - briefly• DaneAge is a not-for-profit, direct-membership organization• 610,000 members; 30 % of all Danes 50+ are members• Independent, non-partisan• 217 local chapters across Denmark• 12,000 volunteers doing social work, providing local membership activities, local advocacy, etc.• Membership fees account for ¾ of the income• The mission of DaneAge is to fight for a society in which all can live long and good lives: – the person is more important than the person’s age – it is possible to live and to grow on your own terms – support and care are available for those who need it2 23 July 2012 IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing - Bjarne Hastrup, CEO
  3. 3. What we offer our membersand society• Communication of knowledge and attitudes toward politicians and society• Help, support, care, presence• Tools and skills• Activities, forums, networks and experiences• Membership benefits3 23 July 2012 IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing - Bjarne Hastrup, CEO
  4. 4. More than 60,000 local activities• Exercise• Education• Travel / excursions• Culture• Cooking courses and bridge• Language courses• Dance classes• - and much more4 23 July 2012 IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing - Bjarne Hastrup, CEO
  5. 5. Political results• Commission on Elderly Affairs: Quality of Life in a nursing home• Commission on Home Care• Court proceedings – local authorities illegally reduce the amount of home care• Senior benefit allowance• Free influenza vaccine• The right to choose a nursing home and to bring your spouse• Reintroduction of the survivors pension• Holiday pay without early retirement reductions• Rights instead of charity• Prevention of cuts in housing benefit• Restricted welfare reform5 23 July 2012 IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing - Bjarne Hastrup, CEO
  6. 6. Is DaneAge independent from government?Does DaneAge act on behalf of older people?• We can not levy taxes – we are obligated to our members and must therefore live up to their trust• We should hit the mark, be aware of members wishes, dreams, expectations and concerns• We must think from the “outside in”• We must stay abreast of future developments6 23 July 2012 IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing - Bjarne Hastrup, CEO
  7. 7. Is DaneAge independent from government?Does DaneAge act on behalf of older people?• A certain number of members is needed in order to be heard by politicians• Members = resources for our work• A lot of members provide access to more knowledge and more inspiration• Finally – members represent our market value – it reflects public satisfaction with our performance and results7 23 July 2012 IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing - Bjarne Hastrup, CEO
  8. 8. Is DaneAge independent from government?Does DaneAge act on behalf of older people?• Membership renewals are “scarily high” – 96%• Three out of four members are satisfied or very satisfied8 23 July 2012 IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing - Bjarne Hastrup, CEO
  9. 9. Is the current economic crisis athreat or an opportunity to NGO’s• The pessimists are leading the way and are talking down the economy• ”Everybody” talks about, how we cannot afford welfare• We forget the principles and the ideas behind the universal welfare model• Older people are sometimes portrayed ​as “rich and spoiled” in the public debate• DaneAge is focused on the frail elderlys situation9 23 July 2012 IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing - Bjarne Hastrup, CEO
  10. 10. Actual and potential political threats• Local authorities will continue to downsize quoting the economic crisis and budget accountability• User fees are imposed on practical home help• A tax reform which completely ignores pensioners• Indexation of state pensions• Additional income modulation of state pensions• Enforced online communication with the public sector10 23 July 2012 IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing - Bjarne Hastrup, CEO
  11. 11. That’s why we are on high alert11 23 July 2012 IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing - Bjarne Hastrup, CEO
  12. 12. • We must sleep with a gun under the pillow - cocked and ready to fire12 23 July 2012 IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing - Bjarne Hastrup, CEO

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