National Policy for Older Persons

The demographic trend of older persons is raising concern in many countries. The population of older persons aged 60 years and above has dramatically increased worldwide catching many governments totally unprepared. The Government of the Republic of Uganda has realized this increasing population of the older persons and is committed to addressing their concerns and needs. It recognizes that as people reach old age, they should enjoy dignified life and active participation in economic, social, cultural and political life in their communities. The government is therefore determined to enhance the recognition of the contribution of older persons and to eliminate all forms of neglect, abuse and violence. In relationship to the above, the Government has addressed concerns and needs of all marginalized groups including older persons under the National Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy and chapter four of the Constitution. Local Governments Act (Cap 243) section 10(1) provides for older persons participation in decision making at all levels. The national planning frameworks spell out priority action areas to support, mobilize and empower older persons’ participation in the economic growth and social development process. The Social Development Sector Strategic Investment Plan (SDIP) articulates interventions for promoting their participation and ability to access services. It ensures that older persons are protected from risks and repercussions of livelihood shocks by over coming constraints that impede the development of their productive capacities. This Ministry recognizes and appreciates the input of line Ministries, Local authorities, Civil Society Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, Communities and older persons themselves. These were consulted at different stages of developing this policy. The policy includes various interventions at various levels which will ensure improved quality of life of older persons. It emphasizes utilization of community based interventions to address their concerns and needs by encouraging local governments to plan and implement programmes for older persons. It is hoped that this policy will guide decision makers, planners, development partners and implementers of programmes for older persons.