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About Us

The International Federation on Ageing fondly known as “IFA” is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) whose members are government, NGOs, academia, industry, and individuals in nearly 80 countries.  IFA believes that all these members working together are essential to help shape and influence policy and good practices.

IFA stands to drive the agenda for the world’s population ageing.  We are proud to have general consultative status at the United Nations, and its agencies, and in formal working relations with the World Health Organization.


IFA began its operations in 1973 at a time when population ageing and its social and economic consequences of population ageing were only just beginning to be realised by certain governments.  Its origins lie in the organisation of AARP who in the early 1970s sought to find a useful role it could play internationally.


IFA serves, creates and inspires its members through a team of dynamic hard-working individuals that push boundaries and generate opportunities. Come and talk with our team about what they do, why we do it and for whom.  The Secretariat is a learning environment for all of us, sharing the excitement of new-found knowledge and personal growth opportunities.

United Nations Representatives

At the United Nations through its general consultative status, IFA is proud to be represented by a thoughtful experienced group of professionals that are respected for their commitment and ‘ready for action’ philosophy and tireless representation and advocacy at the missions, capitals and across sectors.

Board of Directors

IFA Directors govern as part of a collective leadership body and have a broad duty to execute responsibilities to the organization with care and diligence, to maintain the confidentiality of non-public information about the organization; and exercise loyalty to the organization.


 IFA operates as a not-for-profit corporation in accordance with the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act S.C. 2009, C. 23.  The corporation has two governing bodies: Members which constitute the highest governing body; and the Board of Directors as the governing body that performs duties between annual member meetings and exercises ongoing oversight functions.


The Internship Program at IFA is open to undergraduate and graduate students working in areas associated in the field of population ageing and older people for a period of up to three months.  It is ideal for students planning to attend graduate school or seeking to apply their studies through practical experiences.

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