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 grown to almost 830,000 members (a large number compared to the total population of 5.5 million). Mr. Hastrup is very active in the debate on social welfare in Denmark and has, being a prolific writer, published a number of books and articles on the topic. He teaches at the University of Copenhagen in Social Policies and The Danish Welfare Model. Mr. Hastrup has been a founder of a number of firms and organizations and has experience as a board member in many Danish companies and associations.
Vision: A world of healthy older people whose rights and choices are both protected and respected.
Goal: To be the global point of connection and networks of experts and expertise to influence and shape age-related policy.
The International Federation on Ageing takes on many projects that support our efforts to become the global point of connection for experts working to influence age-related policy.
Current priority projects of the IFA include:
History of the IFA
The IFA began operations in 1973, at a time when organizations around the world were only beginning to understand population ageing trends. AARP was instrumental in founding the IFA, and the two organizations have enjoyed a strong relationship ever since.
To honour the IFA’s 35th anniversary in 2008, AARP compiled a history of the Early Years of the IFA.
Campaigning for the Rights of Older Persons
The IFA has consistently campaigned for the rights of older people in a number of ways, including drafting key initiatives, participating in and hosting global conferences, and producing our own reports and publications.
IFA’s key initiatives include: