Zambia’s Katete Universal Pension

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Development Pathways is pleased to share our latest Pathways’ Perspective: “If you only have dust in your hands then friends are far; when they are full they come closer”: examination of the impacts of Zambia’s Katete universal pension, by Sarina Kidd. Sarina discusses the impacts of a pilot pension scheme in Katete (Zambia), showing how it has transformed the lives of older people and their kin.

Sarina argues that, since the vast majority of older people in Zambia live in poverty, a move towards a universal pension – based on the Katete model – would be ideal. This would follow a current trend in Eastern and Southern Africa, which has seen several countries such as Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Tanzania (in Zanzibar) implementing old age pensions.

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Sarina Kidd is currently working with indigenous peoples in South America. She holds a first degree in Anthropology and Law and a Masters degree in Human Rights law.

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