Paraguay

Basic country data

  • Population 60 and over (2018)
  • 665,088
  • % of total
  • 9.6%
  • Population 60 and over (2050)
  • 1,635,039
  • % of total
  • 23.7%
  • Does the country have a social pension?
  • Yes
  • Region
  • Latin America & Caribbean
  • Income group
  • Upper middle income

Data on social pensions

Pensión alimentaria para las personas adultas mayores

Basic scheme information

Data on social pensions

  • Name of pension or programme
  • Pensión alimentaria para las personas adultas mayores
  • Year first social pension introduced
  • 2009
  • Administrative Organisation
  • Ministry of Treasury: Directorate of non-contributory pensions
  • Legislative Underpinning
  • Law No. 3728 of 2009

2015

Social protection systems in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paraguay

Eligibility criteria

2015

Government of Paraguay: Pensión alimentaria para las personas adultas mayores

Adequacy

  • Monthly benefit (local currency)
  • 456,015 Guarani
  • US$
  • 82
  • % of GDP per capita
  • 26.2%
  • $ PPP
  • 189.0
  • % of $1.90 poverty line (PPP)
  • 327%
  • Local amount detailed/other benefits
  • Transfer amount is 25% of the minimum wage. In 2015 the minimum wage was 1824.06 thousand a month (www.tradingeconomics.com/paraguay/minimum-wages).
  • References and notes

2015(Sept)

Ministerio de hacienda. Total de benefiarios y calendario de pagos

Coverage

2015

HelpAge calculations based on recipient numbers and benefit level

Cost

  • Total cost (local currency)
  • 805,340,730,600 Guarani
  • Cost as % of GDP
  • 0.5%
  • References and notes

Pension Alimentaria: Presentation by Claudina Zavattiero

The following presentation (in Spanish) was made at an international seminar hosted by the International Labour Organisation and HelpAge International in May 2012 on "Social Security Systems in Latin America: Challenges for the extension of Social Protection Coverage in the Andean Region". The presentation by Claudina Zavattiero, Paraguay's representative at the seminar, describers the Pension Alimentaria in Paraguay.

Older People protest for a pension

Paraguay's Pension Alimentaria now reaches over 25,000 people. But in 2010, before the programme was implemented, older people were vocal about their right to receive a social pension. 

This video documents a 2010 protest and shows the importance of a social pension to older people in Paraguay. 

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