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Friday, 20th February 2015

Facing the Facts: The Truth about Ageing and Development

Source: Age International (UK)

From the Foreword:

We all know that we are living through a time of unprecedented global population growth. But less well-known is the fact that the world is also ageing; there are currently 868 million older people in the world and, by 2047, this will have reached more than 2 billion, with more people aged 60 and over than children under 16.

Yet to listen to most discussions about international development, you could be forgiven for thinking that it was only younger people who mattered.

We have produced this publication because, while the number
and proportion of older people in the world grows so dramatically, discussions about international development do not give sufficient consideration to its implications – to the challenges and opportunities this remarkable reality present.

The articles within this report represent a range of views from high profile thought leaders, development experts and academics. What unites them is the conviction that ignoring population ageing is not an option. The message that resonates most loudly is that older people are both vulnerable and valuable, and that the outcome
of development depends on our response to an ageing world.

+ Full Report (PDF; 10.4 MB)

+ Executive Summary (PDF; 13.4 MB)



Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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