Human Development Studies » Elderly and Children

OIC countries are experiencing an increase in the size, proportion and the longevity of elderly people. It is projected that between 2015 and 2030, the speed of ageing in OIC countries will accelerate; thereby increasing the share of the population above 60 to 9.3 per cent by 2030. An ageing population has remarkable and wide-ranging socio-economic impacts, from increasing the pressure on social security systems to reducing labour force and changing moral and cultural values that necessitate OIC member states to devise and implement policies and action plans that can mitigate negative consequences on society, and develop and provide services for the well-being of elderly. SESRIC regularly prepares reports to assess the demographic trend in ageing and the situation of the elderly in OIC countries. The research undertaken by SESRIC fills in important social and economic gaps in OIC countries to assist them in formulating policies and programmes that will ease the burden on social and economic institutions as the population ageing increases in the coming decades.

Although the elderly population is forecasted to increase, the OIC countries are still home to the youngest demographic distribution in the world with over one-third of the population below the age of 15. This underlines the huge demand for health care, schooling, food, recreation, and social protection and welfare services for the infants and young children. SESRIC provides comprehensive analysis of the state of children in OIC countries by investigating the latest data and trends on children’s well-being, health, nutrition, education, food security and social protection. The research of SESRIC provides salient information for Member Countries in their endeavours to frame policies and initiatives to make sure that children’s situation are improved.