HelpAge International is a global network of organizations promoting the rights of all older people to lead dignified, healthy and secure lives. 

Our vision is a world in which all older people can lead dignified, healthy and secure lives.

In November 1983, five organizations - Help the Aged (now Age UK), HelpAge IndiaHelpAge KenyaHelp the Aged Canada and Pro-Vida Colombia - came together to form the HelpAge International network. The idea of a global network quickly took hold. In 1988, Mark Gorman, now HelpAge International's Strategic Development Adviser, took on the task of developing the network.

"I was very interested in helping to expand the group of organizations, which then numbered about 20," he says. "We produced publications, provided fundraising and skills training. People valued the idea of being part of a global movement."

Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Our commitment is to:

  • Highlight gaps and issues in data on ageing and older people through the use of data tools such as the Global AgeWatch Index.
  • Facilitate older people's voices to be heard on the SDGs through the use of citizen-generated data; and to collaborate with partners to promote the development of statistical systems that, spanning the life course, are fully disaggregated and inclusive of older people in all their diversity.

Initiatives in HelpAge International


Leave No One Behind Data Collaborative

GPSDD Initiated | Looking for Partners | Resources Available
Strengthening disaggregated data to help ensure that groups traditionally marginalized from development progress, are included.

Inclusive Data Charter

GPSDD Initiated | Looking for Partners | Resources Available
The Inclusive Data Charter was developed to mobilize political commitments and meaningful actions to deepen data disaggregation.

Citizen-Generated Data Task Team

GPSDD Initiated | Looking for Partners | Resources Available
The Citizen-Generated Data Task team works to produce recommendations on what types of CGD initiatives are best suited to different purposes; to produce guidance on how to navigate and engage with different types of CGD initiatives; and to provide a forum to share experiences, challenges, and learning related to CGD.

This Partner Works to Achieve These SDGs