Firming up institutional policy for deprived elderly in Cameroon

Fonchingong Che, C. (2014) Firming up institutional policy for deprived elderly in Cameroon. Politics and Policy, 42 (6). pp. 948-980. ISSN 1555-5623.


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In a context of deepening poverty, policy realignment is crucial in tackling deficits in social security provision for Cameroon's growing elderly population. Tackling deficiencies is undermined by institutional failings, a dysfunctional bureaucracy, and a policy process characterized by dithering rather than concrete action. This article uncovers an impasse linked to the inability of existing institutional frameworks to confront the aging problematic. Empirical data point to elderly agency and a range of resources to fill the gaps left by state retreat. Institutional strengthening and social capital theory resonate here. A triangular policy framework reveals intricacies of coping via individual, family, and mutuality, explicating cardinal administrative roles. I suggest the design and delivery of social welfare provision should concentrate on institutional strengthening, improving architecture, and the workings of ministerial departments. Embedding a people-oriented bureaucracy and delivering targeted social assistance can serve as useful paradigms in policy revamps for the deprived elderly.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV1450 Aged
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work
Depositing User: Dr Charles Fonchingong Che
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 15:00
Last Modified: 17 May 2017 13:45

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