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Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database
Latin America and the Caribbean
Our Elderly Rights (Nuestros Mayores Derechos) (2009-)
El Salvador



Date: 2009
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: The presidential programme "Our Elderly Rights" aims to satisfy the demand for non-contributory social protection for the elderly. The objective of the programme is to promote family and community participation and social integration of the elderly, offering a series of interventions with an integral approach that allow them to access several services that promote the enjoyment of an active and healthy life.


Target population: Older aduts over 60 years.
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: Categorical
Comments: The programme Our Elderly Rights is incorporated as a component of the conditional cash transfer programme "Comunidades Solidarias" (Solidarity in communities) as of January 2011; and from 2018, it is incorporated into the Poverty Eradication Strategy (EEP) of El Salvador.


Legal framework: Decree No 647 (Law of Development and Social Protection)
Responsible organization(s): Technical Secretariat of the Presidency
Executing organization(s): Social Investment Fund for Local Development (Fondo de Inversión Social para el Desarrollo Local, FISDL)
Source of funding: National budget, international loans (World Bank, Interamerican Development Bank) and grants from the bilateral cooperation.

1) Basic Universal Pension

Recipient(s): Older adults over 70 years who do not receive other contributory or assistance pension in the country.
Mode of transfer: Flat transfer
Mode of delivery: Cash delivery in public events
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Direct beneficiary
Amount : see selected figures


2) Promotion of health and nutrition

Recipient(s): Older adults over 60 years.
Mode of transfer: 1) Services of promotion, prevention, primary care and rehabilitation; home healthcare; strenghtening of preventive medical actions and exercise of healthy lifestyles and nutritional check-ups and attention;2) Community health teams, in order to warranty the quality of services provision.


3) Learning together

Recipient(s): Older adults over 60 years.
Mode of transfer: 1) Literacy : implementation of literacy circles especially destined to women in order to reduce the gender gaps;2)Training of profesional staff : creation of University courses and Master in gerontology through agreements with foreign universities.


4) Exercising rights and citizenship

Recipient(s): Older adults over 60 years.
Mode of transfer: 1) Comunication strategies: promoting the rediscovery and social recognition of the elderly through sensibilization and information in the media;2) Training activities to strengthen rights and empowerment, in order to promote the participation of the elderly, organising them and establishing a social network that links them with their families and communities;3) Legal consultancies for the promotion of rights: identification, processing, and resolution of the main legal issues of the elderly; legal assistance for obtaining ID cards; presentation of the legal reforms that promote the improvement of their rights.


5) Recreating tradition and culture

Recipient(s): Older adults over 60 years.
Mode of transfer: 1) Development of recreative, cultural and fisical activities for older adults; promotion of intergenerational links; 2) Historical memory recovery through the creation of peoples books and a publication with national coverage.


6) Improving and fitting out spaces

Recipient(s): Older adults over 60 years.
Mode of transfer: 1) Fitting out of regional temporary shelters for immediate attention of the elderly in cases of natural disasters; attention to victims of violence (especially family and gender violence)


7) Promotion of economic empowerment

Recipient(s): Older adults over 60 years.
Mode of transfer: 1) Promotion of entrepreneurship: identification of comunity products with market potential; support to the design and execution of productive projects and strenghtening of capacities for the production and administration of their initiatives; 2) Labour orientation and intermediation: participation of public and privates institutions willing to hire elderly in decent conditions.


Atacando la vulnerabilidad en los adultos mayores. Evaluación de impacto de la Pensión Básica Universal, Programa Nuestros Mayores Derechos en El Salvador

Author: Martínez, S., M. Pérez and L. Tejerina
Date: 2015
Publication info: IDB Technical Note Nº IDB-TN-883
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Impact evaluation


El Sistema de Protección Social Universal de El Salvador. Posibilidades para la articulación de sus componentes.

Author: Rivera Ocampo, Roberto
Date: 2016
Publication info: Project document, ECLAC
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Document


Documento base: Comunidades Solidarias

Author: Secretaría Técnica de la Presidencia
Date: 2012
Publication info: Official document
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General Information


Resumen Ejecutivo: Programa Presidencial Nuestros Mayores Derechos

Author: Secretaría Técnica de la Presidencia
Date: 2011
Publication info: Official document
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General information




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