In Ekiti State, Nigeria, the first locally-funded social security scheme for the elderly was implemented between 2012 and 2014. An unconditional, non-contributory pension scheme was targeted at elderly citizens of the State living in poor households and not receiving any pensions. In collaboration with the implementation agency, a team of local PEP researchers set out to examine the impact of the scheme on the well-being of the beneficiaries, focusing on quality of life and household vulnerability. Based on the first follow-up survey, the team’s analysis indicates that the cash transfer scheme improved the well-being of both the beneficiaries and their households.
Find out more about the research methods, findings and policy recommendations in the following PEP publications: