Guatemala

Basic country data

  • Population 60 and over (2018)
  • 1,205,597
  • % of total
  • 7.0%
  • Population 60 and over (2050)
  • 4,109,476
  • % of total
  • 23.8%
  • Total pension coverage*
  • 25%
  • Does the country have a social pension?
  • Yes
  • Region
  • Latin America & Caribbean
  • Income group
  • Lower middle income

% of older people (65+) receiving a pension, by type

Data on social pensions

Programa de aporte economico o del Adulto Mayor (Economic contribution programme for older people)

Basic scheme information

Data on social pensions

  • Name of pension or programme
  • Programa de aporte economico o del Adulto Mayor (Economic contribution programme for older people)
  • Year first social pension introduced
  • 2005
  • Administrative Organisation
  • Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare
  • Legislative Underpinning
  • Decree no 85-2005

2015

Government of Guatemala: Ley del programa de aporte economico del adulto mayor (webpage) (Spanish)

First entry requirements of the law economic contribution program for the elderly

Eligibility criteria

2012

Government of Guatemala: Ley del programa de aporte economico del adulto mayor (webpage) (Spanish)

Adequacy

Coverage

2012

HelpAge Calculation

Cost

  • Total cost (local currency)
  • 495,000,000 Quetzal
  • Cost as % of GDP
  • 0.1%
  • References and notes

In 2005 the Government of Guatemala introduced a social pension targeted at those without social security and living in poverty. This video (Spanish) provides information on the scheme and examines the impact of the pension on the life of 89 year old Miguel Hernandez.

Resources on the pension in Guatemala

Social pensions database

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