Ageing Population: Building Sustainable Public-Private Partnership

Roundtable Discussion: Improving Services for the Elderly in Hong Kong [2014]

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To better understand the growing needs brought about by an ageing Hong Kong, ZeShan Foundation held a roundtable discussion on April 4, 2014. Philanthropists and representatives of private foundations, service organizations, research institutions and social enterprises attended the meeting. Ms. Annie Chen, a second generation member of the Thomas Chen family and member of ZeShan Foundation’s Grants Committee, hosted the event.

Hong Kong is becoming an ageing society at a fast pace: 14% (1.02 million people) of the population in 2012 are aged 65 or older; by 2041, according to a projection by the government, that number will shoot up to 30% (2.56 million people). Comprehensive services for the elderly rank high on the list of concerns for Hong Kong community and Hong Kong government.

The featured speaker, Prof Alfred Chan, Chair of the Elderly Commission and Director of the Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies at Lingnan University opined that support from private foundations for pilot projects can be instrumental for developing innovative service models and formulating enlightened policy agenda through effective advocacy. Prof. CHAN suggested forging a strong public-private partnership among government entities, private and corporate funders, service providers and concerned groups in order to effectively leverage resources and create synergy.

Mrs. Mabel Lee, Board member of Simon K.Y. Lee Foundation and Ms. Bella Luk, Executive Director of Helping Hand shared their experience in developing and scaling up innovative projects to enhance elderly services in selected communities. Ms. Doris Leung, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Cab, an award-winning social enterprise, shared her company's lessons in creating impact through social innovation.


Moderated by Mr. Timothy Ma, Executive Director of Project Flame at the City University of Hong Kong, participants examined catalytic roles the philanthropic sector may play in creating impact in the development of elderly services. There was general consensus that there are great opportunities for collaboration across sectors in the elderly service field.

Building on the momentum of the roundtable discussion, an ad-hoc working group was formed to develop follow-up steps and put suggestions into action.

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