Mainstreaming ageing in policymaking in Arab countries: Policy toolkit - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia


Mainstreaming ageing in policymaking in Arab countries: policy toolkit

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL2.GPID/2021/MANUAL.1

Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Training material

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development

Focus Area: Inclusive development

Initiatives: Arab Digital Inclusion Platform

SDGs: Agenda 2030

Keywords: Ageing, Ageing persons, Population, Population trends, Social development, Sustainable development, Arab countries, Population policy, Social security

Mainstreaming ageing in policymaking in Arab countries: Policy toolkit

November 2021

This toolkit aims to provide a practical means to integrate ageing issues in the public policymaking process. It is directed to decision makers in various ministries as well as non-governmental stakeholders, and can be used in the various stages of the policymaking process, from formulating policies that take into account ageing issues to assessing the impact of adopted policies on older persons. 

The toolkit consists of three units, the first of which includes the conceptual framework for integrating ageing issues in policymaking. The second unit focuses on the mechanism and various stages of developing an action plan to integrate ageing issues. The third unit addresses seven modules that reflect older persons priorities and these include:  social protection; financial autonomy and income security; health;  ageing in place; social inclusion; an enabling environment supporting the participation of older persons; and protection of older persons from discrimination and abuse.

Each module constitutes a tool for reflection, by addressing several questions that would guide users, and tackles related international frameworks. Thus, the toolkit does not intent to provide answers but rather trigger collective thinking to devise solutions that fit each country's situation.

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