Economic Empowerment of the Elderly and Social Protection Policy
A case of Koboko District, Uganda
This study interrogated the resourcing component of social protection for the economic empowerment of the elderly in Koboko District; with critical attention to the sources of funding, factors determining the accessibility of the available schemes, and possible strategies for their access. The study employed a qualitative approach anchored on interpretive phenomenology as the main overriding design. A total of 18 participants were engaged in the study and they were selected using purposive and snowball sampling techniques. Data were collected using in-depth interviews, focused group discussion, and observation; and analyzed using ATLAS.ti Version 8 based on the thematic, narrative and content analysis. Findings indicated that those who benefited from the scheme perceived the social protection programme positively and those who did not perceived social protection as a political programme based on government and political interests. Accessibility of the programme was also marred by delays and limited funding as well as technical hiccups. It was recommended that the social protection programmes should be redesigned to favour all the vulnerable elderly. Government, under the Office of the Prime Minister, should strengthen coordination and implementation mechanisms of the social protection programmes to support the elderly, and also pursue a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement so as to support the existing government social protection programmes and boost the resourcing component.
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