WHAT IS CADROP?
CADROP, established in 2008, is a first class non-governmental centre, which brings together individuals and institutions from policy, academia and practice to promote effective, evidence-based policy and community action on issues of ageing in Nigeria.
Why policy and community action on ageing?
Coming decades will see an exponential rise in the number of older persons (aged 60 and above) in Nigeria from currently 7.8 million 27.8 million by 2050. Their share of the total population will double from 5% to 10%. At the same time broad socio-cultural changes, rural-urban migration of the young, and the pervasive economic strain in Nigeria are weakening extended family support systems that would normally have provided protection for older persons. These processes carry profound implications and challenges for societal responses to ensure the well-being of the older population.
Key international instruments, in particular the United Nations Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), and the African Union Policy Framework and Plan of Action on Ageing (AU-Plan) call on governments and civil society to forge policies and programmes on older persons as part of mainstream development efforts. Such responses are required to realize older persons’ fundamental rights and to ensure equity amongst various age groups in the access to society’s resources and responsibilities.
Thus far, however, no comprehensive policy action or community-level practice have evolved. Civil society action has been scant, while Nigerian government, at both federal and state levels, has failed to assign sufficient priority and funding to the realization of policy on older persons. Core development agendas continue to focus on younger age-groups, in particular reproductive age women and children. Implicitly, older persons are viewed at best as irrelevant to, at worst as hampering national progress. The lack of political awareness regarding the import of addressing challenges of ageing underscores the profound gap in effective advocacy on the issue.