March 2020 / Estelle Gagnebin, Academic Trainee, Quality Assurance and Poverty Reduction Section, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
This paper from Development Pathways presents the findings of a qualitative research study conducted in order to observe the impacts of Kenya's social pension on one rural community. The study found that the pension has already had significant outcomes on older persons' autonomy and self-worth. Older persons no longer need to rely on others for basic support, and therefore feel less like a burden to their family members. They are able to earn money in a way that is more appropriate for their age, which affords them more freedom to realise their ideal roles in society as elders.
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