The International Federation on Ageing is an international non-governmental organization with a membership base comprising government, NGOs, academics, industry, and individuals in 70 countries. The IFA began operations in 1973, at a time when the social and economic impact of population ageing was only beginning to be understood by governments around the world.
The IFA has general consultative status at the United Nations and its agencies, and is in formal relations with the World Health Organization. The IFA has been involved in drafting key initiatives such as the UN Principles for Older Persons, actively advocating for older people to be recognized in the Sustainable Development Goals, and maintaining a strong voice in the dialogue on how to best protect the rights of older people globally.
The IFA is a registered charity in Canada, with an international and democratically elected Board of Directors led by Mr. Bjarne Hastrup, founder and Chief Executive Officer of DaneAge. Under his leadership, DaneAge has amassed nearly 670,000 members, over 10% of the population of Denmark. Through his work with the International Federation on Ageing and the AARP Global Network, Mr. Hastrup has served as a strong voice in the international arena. Mr. Hastrup is active in the debate on social welfare in Denmark and, being a prolific writer, has published a number of books and articles on the topic. He presently teaches social policy and the Danish welfare model at the University of Copenhagen.
For the first time in history, most people can expect to live beyond 60 years of age; and the consequences for health systems, their workforces, and their budgets are profound. To be a global influencer, IFA must not only inform and recognize the directions of the World Health Organization and the United Nations, particularly the UN Sustainability Goals, but be prepared to stand independently behind reports which have the potential to change the lives of older people globally.
The IFA must stake a leadership role in the respective global action plan and demonstrate our capacity to engage, collaborate and act. The Strategic Plan 2016-2020 is a dynamic manuscript that is evolving with the connections, networks and the environment in which IFA lives and works.
IFA Strategic Plan, 2016-2020