Vulnerability issues of people aged 50+ in Belarus

CASE Belarus in cooperation with ACT and CASE (Poland) has prepared the publications on vulnerability issues of people aged 50+ in Belarus.

The publciations are prepared within a research project entitled “SocialBoost – effective measures of social harmonization as a boost for employability in times of demographic changes” funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Programme for NGOs in the Baltic Sea Region.

  1. The working paper is aimed to present the situation analysis of a group of people aged 50 and more (50+) in Belarus and to define social risks related to that group. The first part of the working paper describes the demographic changes and challenges in the world, sets basic indicators reflecting aging of the population, as well as it reviews relevant literature available for Belarus. The second part analyzes the demographic situation in Belarus and assesses the risks for the 50+ group to fall into the poverty line, become unemployed and the influence of age on alcohol consumption. Finally, the paper proposes a set of recommendations related to national policy to mitigate the above mentioned risks (download working paper in Russian)
  2. The policy paper presents a review of potential effects of parametric pension reform in Belarus starting in 2017 for the population aged 50 and more in terms of unemployment, alcohol consumption, and poverty. It concludes that, despite the fact that raising the retirement age is overdue in Belarus to address demographic challenges, it may have a negative impact on the quality of life of people close to retirement age as well as a poorer GDP effect within current conditions on the labor market in Belarus. The paper presents a set of public policy improvement directions in Belarus, which could help mitigating vulnerability of the group 50+ during the pension reform (download policy paper in English)
  3. Also, a policy brief has been published in CASE Studies and Analysis series: Naŭrodski, Pension reform in Belarus in the shadow of Social Europe: vulnerability issues of people aged 50+ and points for improvement
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