Older people face significant humanitarian funding gap

By agency reporter
4 Nov 2010

HelpAge International has released a comprehensive study reviewing humanitarian financing for older people in 12 humanitarian crises since 2007.

The report highlights the significant gap that still remains in responding to the needs of vulnerable older people, and calls for humanitarian agencies to recognise and respond to the challenge.

In five of the crises studied (Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Occupied Palestinian Territory 2007 and 2008 and Honduras), not one project in any sector explicitly referred to or provided targeted assistance to older people.

Findings also indicate that only 0.2 per cent , or five out of 1,912 projects including activities targeting older people, were actually funded.

In Georgia, where older people comprise 19 per cent of the population, only four out of 112 projects in a Flash Appeal mentioned older people, but in none of these did any activities target them.

HelpAge International is a global network of not-for-profit organisations all aiming to help disadvantaged older people worldwide.

Recently, the agency has been involved in advocacy for older people's rights in Latin America, action against abuse, and work on HIV and AIDS in Africa.

The full report on humanitarian financing for older people can be read and downloaded here (*.PDF Adobe Acrobat document): http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/retrieveattachments?openagent&shorti...

More here: http://www.helpage.org/

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