Mathew has worked in the area of rural development with cooperatives, in association with the National Dairy Development Board. He was a consultant to voluntary agencies and to the National Wastelands Development Board.
His further assignments include the post of Director, Oxfam, UK and India, Programme Director, South Asia, Plan International, and Country Representative, Charities Aid Foundation.
He is the Founder of Association of Third Sector Researchers in India, Resource Mobilization Network in India, Campaign for Human Rights (Dalits and Tribals), and CAF India. Mathew serves full time as Chief Executive of HelpAge India.
Areas of Expertise (4)
Ageing in Place
Home Care Public Policy
- Oxfam UK and India : Director
- Plan International : Programme Director South Asia
- Charities Aid Foundation : Country Representative
Media Appearances (5)
Social Sector Seeks Higher Health Outlay
Indo-Asian News Service online
"Most of the suggestions centred around social security schemes and Rashtriya Bima Yojana. We have asked for Rs.5,000 crore additional funds under MNREGS, because there was drought and no work for poor people," said HelpAge India board member Mathew Cherian. The social sector groups told the finance minister that India has one of the lowest per capita investments in health and is under threat from both communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Budget 2016: Social groups call for more allowance towards healthcare, education
Mathew Cherian, a member of the HelpAge India Board asked that employment guarantee schemes, such as MNREGA, to include older persons. An increase in old-age pension to Rs 500 for those in the age group of 60-79 years, and to Rs 1000 for those above 80 years old, was also asked for by HelpAge India. "We have asked for Rs 5,000 crore additional funds under MNREGA because there was drought and no work for poor people," said Cherian to reporters.
Budget 2016: Social sector seeks sin tax on tobacco items, double health spend
HelpAge India board member Mathew Cherian said the government should develop health facilities on a mission mode to make it more meaningful on the ground and inclusion of older persons in employment guarantee schemes like MNREGA. "Most of the suggestions centred around social security schemes and Rashtriya Bima Yojana. We have asked for Rs 5,000 crore additional funds under MNREGA, because there was drought and no work for poor people," Cherian said.
Mathew Cherian, CEO Helpage India, talks about problems in CSR
The Economic Times online
Mathew Cherian, CEO Helpage India, said that the whole CSR is being built up on a wrong premise as in CSR the company is placed in the centre of development not the people.
HelpAge India wants ‘a universal pension scheme’
The Hindu online
HelpAge India is at present lobbying for a universal pension scheme in the country, said Mathew Cherian, Chief Executive Officer, HelpAge India, on the sidelines of the inauguration of a multi-facility health centre at the Immaculate Home for the Aged, Ariyankuppam, Puducherry. In several cases, senior citizens are often left to fend for themselves with no source of income, he said. “We are also sensitising children in schools to take care of their parents and the elderly. As a society, we must focus on instilling such values in children,” he said.