About The Initiative

By 2030, there will be nearly one billion people age 65 and older around the world, a group that between 2015 and 2030 will grow at four times the rate of the overall global population. Managing this demographic transformation requires governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to fundamentally rethink the roles older adults can and should play in our communities and economies. Recognizing this, in 2017, AARP and FP Analytics partnered to launch the Aging Readiness and Competitiveness (ARC) initiative.

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Previous Reports

ARC 3.0 - 2021

Knowledge Base of Policy Solutions

The 3rd edition of ARC is a rich resource, highlighting innovations from diverse geographic, economic, and social contexts, emblematic of broader trends that promise a healthier and more equitable future for older adults around the world. Economist Impact also conducted Return-on-Investment analysis of five of the innovations in the report.

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ARC 2.0 - 2018

Small, Innovative, Economies

For the 2018 ARC report, we shifted our focus to 10 small economies around the world that are leading their regions in responding to demographic change. These countries, each with fewer than 25 million people, were selected in consultation with global experts as the leaders in their respective regions in terms of aging policy innovation. They are Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, Lebanon, Mauritius, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, and Taiwan.

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ARC 1.0 - 2017

Inaugural ARC Countries

The inaugural 2017 ARC report established a baseline understanding of the state of global aging policies, with in-depth assessments of a group of 12 countries that are geographically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse and that, together, represent 61 percent of the global GDP and nearly half of the world’s population of people ages 65 and older. Read more.

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