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Bridging the Coverage Gap: Issues and Questions for Social Security Administrations

PFM, Vol. 5 No. 2, (2005)

The majority of the world’s population either is without or has inadequate access to
social security. Of those without adequate social security protection, older people in
developing countries represent a significant and growing element. Nonetheless,
evidence suggests that extending basic social security coverage to older people is
fiscally and administratively feasible for all but the poorest of countries through
universal non-contributory tax financed pensions. With this objective in mind, the
paper draws attention to a number of practical issues and questions confronting
developing country social security administrations.

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