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date: 25 August 2019

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This article provides summary information on the incidence and patterns of old-age poverty in developing countries, and the need to extend pension provision. It then discusses the findings from research into the poverty-reduction properties of non-contributory pension programs, and the extent to which they contribute to the development process. It compares non-contributory pension programs in Latin America and elsewhere in the South, drawing out some findings on design and financing issues. The conclusion draws together the key insights and unanswered questions emerging from the article.

Keywords: poverty reduction, developing countries, pension provision, pension programs, Latin America, scheme design

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