Eastern Europe and Central Asia

(c) Kate Holt   

We work closely with partners and local authorities to improve older people's lives.

For instance, we advise governments on providing pensions and social protection, while directly helping older people overcome poverty and health risks.

We also help older people deal with the impact of so many younger adults leaving them behind to seek work.

We make sure older people's needs are met in emergencies - especially during the region's extremely cold winters.

Other priorities include helping older people contribute to political decision-making and fighting discrimination.

Where we work in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

We work in the following countries:




The difference we made in 2010-2011

  • In Moldova, we have supported 613 multigenerational households by building intergenerational relationships and training other organizations to support older carers. Our work in this area has grown, as research indicates 91% of older people take care of children left behind by migration when both parents are away. 
  • Helped older people in Kyrgyzstan through the extreme winter by giving 1,200 older men and women hot soup and providing alternative energy sources, such as solar panels to public spaces like medical rooms or tea houses.
  • In Tajikistan, we conducted age awareness workshops for local and international NGOs, UN agencies, and government bodies to encourage them to include older people in their policies and programs.

What next?

  • We'll carry out research on the effects of working in informal jobs on retirement income in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
  • We'll work to end the discrimination and abuse often faced by older people, especially women, by promoting victims' rights among civil society organizations.
  • We will continue to work with older people caught up in the violent conflict that broke out in Kyrgyzstan. This work will focus on various areas such as distributing 3,000 hygiene kits and giving cash grants to 2,500 extremely vulnerable older people so they can afford essential items.

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