INIA TRAINING PROGRAMME

INIA SATELLITE CENTER FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Agreement of Collaboration Between the International Institute on Ageing United Nations – Malta (INIA) and the Dave Omokaro Foundation (DOF)  on the Setting Up An INIA Satellite Centre in Nigeria for Sub-Saharan Africa was signed in October  20, 2020.


INIA Satellite Centre mandate is to fulfil the human resource training needs in all aspects of ageing in sub-Saharan Africa; to enhance the national and regional systems’ capacity to deliver quality transformative policies, planning and implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation of corresponding programs and services to the 74.4 million older persons and the rapidly increasing population advancing into old age in Africa.

Objective

In the light of many emerging global, regional and national challenges, including COVID-19, climate change, urbanization, and migration, technology, and deepening multi-dimensional poverty, the training aims to unlock the potentials for crafting transformative multi-sectoral and cross sectional policies and implementation plans for strengthening the protection of rights of older persons and for their effectiveinclusion in achieving SDGs and other global regional and national development agendas.

MEMBERS PROFILE

Co-chair INIA Satellite Centre in Nigeria

Dr. Emem Omokaro

Executive Director, Dave Omokaro Foundation

Dr. Emem Omokaro is the Executive Director, Dave Omokaro Foundation (DOF), an organization in Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC, United Nations and a global training partner of the international Institute on Ageing, United Nations Malta (INIA). She leads advocacy for ageing mainstreaming in national and regional development agendas and the development of capacities of policy and decision makers in government and private institutions, and persons leading services delivery to older persons in ageing, specifically in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.

She has served variously as a Visiting and also as LEADS Scholar with the National Universities Commission, as focal person, facilitating the development of Benchmark Statements and Minimum Academic Standards in PD.G, MSc, and PH.D studies in Gerontology and the training of academic staff in eleven (11) Nigerian Universities.

Appointed by African Union Commission in 2019, Emem is a member of African Expert Group for the review and revision of the 2002 African Union Policy Framework and Plan of Action on Ageing. She is the Convener and Co-chair of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing Africa (SGA- Africa), a coalition of CSOs and multi-sector organizations and professional bodies representing the constituents of older persons at the UN ECA African Regional Forum on Agendas 2030 and AU 2063.

Through Dr. Omokaro’s innovative and proactive leadership, SGA Africa has inserted Africa’s perspective at the United Nations General  Assembly  Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA), facilitated the  African Regional Intersessional event, preparatory to 11th  OEWGA  in collaboration with African member states, UNDESA, OHCHR, and  ECOWAS Parliament with a forceful outcome document in support of the UN Convention on the Rights of Older persons.  She is member, Editorial Board of INIA Journal of Ageing in Developing Countries and Guest Editor, Special Edition on Ageing in Africa. Dr. Omokaro holds a Ph.D. in Development Sociology and Post-Doctoral Certificate in Social Gerontology from the International Institute on Ageing UN-Malta (INIA).

Co-chair INIA Satellite Centre in Nigeria

Ms. Rosette Farrugia-Bonello

Deputy Director INIA

Rosette Farrugia-Bonello is Deputy Director at the International Institute on Ageing, United Nations-Malta (INIA).

Prior to joining INIA, Ms. Farrugia-Bonello held the post of HelpAge Co-ordinator at Caritas Malta and during 2012–2015, she also occupied the post of Executive Director of the European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (EAHSA).

Ms. Farrugia-Bonello graduated in Psychology and Communication studies and in Gerontology and Geriatrics from the University of Malta. She also holds a Master of Science in Dementia Studies from the University of Stirling, Scotland.

Rosette Farrugia-Bonello lectures at the University of Malta, on INIA’s International training programmes and on the City and Guilds higher diploma in Health Care. She is also involved in training programmes on Dementia issues for formal and informal caregivers.

Ms. Farrugia-Bonello is a board member of INIA’s Satellite Centre in India for the SAARC countries; deputy editor of INIA’s on-line, peer-reviewed International Journal on Ageing in Developing Countries; expert on the Task Forces on Dignified Ageing within AGE Platform Europe-Belgium; a board member on the National Commission for Active Ageing-Malta and a board member on the Commissioner’s for Older Persons board – Malta.

Her research interests are in Dementia studies, community care and active ageing.

Member

Mr. Ayuk Eyong Christian

Member Steering Group - Stakeholder Group on Ageing in Africa.

Ayuk Eyong Christian works as a consultant with the Medical Corporation Junkei-kai in Akita City, Japan. Medical Corporation Junkei-kai runs a hospital, an outpatient clinic, three nursing homes, two group homes, a care plan center and two regional care support centers for older persons. Ayuk also served as the vice-president of the company’s NGO on ageing called Friends of IFA (FOIFA) Japan. He has vast experience attending and participating in events on ageing bringing with him an understanding of issues faced by people as they age. His experiences have added value to his management skill, allowing him to lead the planning and hosting of two international events on ageing; Akita City, Japan in 2009 and Yaounde, Cameroon in 2013.

Ayuk is the co-founder of the Cameroon Association on Ageing (CCA), a not-for-profit organization which seeks to address issues around elderly people in Cameroon. He is also an ambassador to the Regional Center for the Welfare of Older People (RECEWAPEC) Cameroon. He is the Board Chairman of the Cameroon Consortium of NGOs on Ageing (CCNA) which is an umbrella organization that brings together NGOs and Self-Help organizations working with and for older persons.. He currently serves on the Board of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA). The IFA is an international non-governmental organization with a membership base comprising governments, NGOs, academics, industry and individuals in 75 countries around the world.  Ayuk is the IFA Regional Vice-President for Africa.

Ayuk was born and raised in Cameroon and currently lives and works in Japan. He is a graduate from the University of Buea, Cameroon with a B.A in English and Performing Arts.

Member

H.E Amb. Usman Sarki

Chair, Board of Trustees Gerontology Association of Nigeria.

Amb. Usman Sarki is a retired career diplomat of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He served as Deputy Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations in New York, from 2012 to 2016. He was engaged in that capacity in numerous processes in the United Nations that included the negotiation and adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015 among others. He also represented Nigeria in the United Nations Security Council during Nigeria’s tenure in 2014-2015 as non-permanent member.

Amb. Sarki retired from the Nigerian diplomatic service in August 2017 after reaching the mandatory thirty-five years in service. He is currently engaged in Nigeria’s apex think-tank, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) at Kuru, Plateau State as Directing Staff.

Member

Ms. Susan Somers

President, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Susan B. Somers, JD, is currently President of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, (INPEA), an International NGO with special consultative status at the UN.

Her focus is on promoting older person’s human rights to end abuse, neglect and violence globally. She has an interest in addressing harmful cultural and traditional practices, and raising awareness relative to older women, widows  and abuse. She co-chairs the NGO Comm. on Ageing, NY, Sub-committee to Promote a New Convention.

Member

Mallam Ibrahim I. Dan’Iya

Registrar, Dave Omokaro Africa Institute on Ageing and Development (DOFRIAD)

Mallam Ibrahim I. Dan’Iya is a graduate of Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria, and a holder of MPA certificate from the University of Lagos and graduate certificate in higher Education Management from the University of London, Institute of Education.

Mallam Dan’Iya joined the services of National Universities Commission in August 1983 as Administrative Officer II and rose through the ranks to become Director Human Resources in 2010.

Two years Later in 2012, He was redeployed to head the Directorate of Student Support Services. By January 2015, Mallam Ibrahim Dan’Iya was appointed, Deputy Executive Secretary administration (NUC).

In his 35 year career span with NUC, he has served and participated in several National and university wide activities which included but not limited to the following: Council Member FUTA Akure, 2003 – 2009, Council Member Kano University of Science and Technology, 2010 – 2018, Council Member, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), 2012 – 2014.

As Deputy Executive Secretary, he enjoyed the priviledge of coordinating and anchoring a number of pioneer projects within the Nigerian University System prominent among which include the entrenchment of entrepreneurship education in Nigerian universities as well as the development of benchmark statement for introduction of  gerontology program in Nigerian Universities.

Mallam Dan’Iya retired from the services of NUC in 2018. He is currently The Registrar of Dave Omokoaro Africa Institute on Aging  and Development (DOFRIAD).

Member

Mr. Emmanuel Udontre

Head of Department, Planning, Research and Statistics, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria

Emmanuel is currently the Head of Department, Planning, Research and Statistics, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and among his other positions/responsibilities are:

Secretary Research Committee, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria

Member - Editorial Board African Journal of Nursing and Health Research

Member- Research Committee, Public Health Nurses Association of Nigeria

International Reviewer- Sorume Health Sciences Journal, Indonesia

Member - Australian Association of Gerontology

Member- Gerontology Association of Nigeria.

He was awarded a Fellow of the West African College of Nursing in Banjul, the Gambia in 2011. In 2010, Emmanuel with his background in clinical care, public health and health administration and regulation started following the demography of the world and Nigeria and realized that there is a wide area opening up in the field of Ageing that needs to be filled in terms of policy, structures and human resources if our older persons are to enjoy inclusive socio-economic growth and development and comprehensive care. This realization couple with his keen interest for care of older people led him to Flinders University, South Australia in 2016, where he studied and obtained a Masters degree in Applied Gerontology and is currently working assiduously with the relevant agencies of the Government and non-governmental organizations in exploring opportunities for developing of human resources and research in the field of Ageing. Emmanuel has had the opportunity of working with some Gerontologists in Australia and to assessed various aged care policies and systems.

PREAMBLE

The Satellite Centre for sub-Saharan African Region hosted by the Dave Omokaro Foundation, Nigeria, will conduct the first INIA-UN Satellite Centre Training Program in Ageing Policy Formulation Planning Implementation, in collaboration with International Institute on Ageing UN-Malta,. The on-line training will draw participants from 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

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INIA Satellite Centre mandate is to fulfil the human resource training needs in all aspects of ageing in sub-Saharan Africa; to enhance the national and regional systems’ capacity to deliver quality transformative policies, planning and implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation of corresponding programs and services to the 74.4 million older persons and the rapidly increasing population advancing into old age in Africa.

OBJECTIVES

In the light of many emerging global, regional and national challenges, including COVID-19, climate change, urbanization, and migration, technology, and deepening multi-dimensional poverty, the training aims to unlock the potentials for crafting transformative multi-sectoral and cross sectional policies to strengthen the protection of rights of older persons and their effective inclusion in achieving SDGs and other global, regional and national development agendas;

To enhance skills of participants to debate and influence a shift in paradigm; to understand transformative mechanisms by which governments, regional & sub-regional organizations, institutions and public administration can deliver effective, inclusive and accountable systems; to inform policy reviews and revisions, based on research, data collection and analyses and in line with regional and international ageing-specific frameworks, using various bottom-up methodologies conducive to the participation of older persons.

The training will review evidence and data of some countries’ multi-indicator surveys, National Living standard surveys,evidence collected by U.S. Census Bureau Population Division,aspects of the African Union Policy Framework and Plan of Action on Ageing 2002 under review, the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Older Persons; the AU Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 and aspects of the “Third review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002.” (ECOSOC resolution 2018/6 of 17 April 2018)

EXPECTED OUTCOMES:
At the end of the training, participants should;

    • Have knowledge of Global ageing, Africa’s Profile and its implications and seize opportunity for learning and exchanges across the countries of the sub-regions
    • Understand Ageism, Systemic drivers of older persons’ vulnerability and the human rights situation of older persons
    • Understand substantive areas of ageing and normative
      contents and acquire the skills for ageing policy crafting,
      review, revision and contents for normative frameworks
      and policy action
    • Be able to fast track progress towards resolution/declaration and/or an action plan which includes ageing and older persons; support for Protocol to the AU Charter on Human and People’s Rights and the Rights of Older Persons and the UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons
    • Improve quality of advocacy and stakeholders engagement

REGISTRATION

Application form can be accessed online @ https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe- SPVzC8aAPm0RfMfvy4TSx0_XO0jIOaDpadA99T- 4wmAcmA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Closing Date: Wednesday February 10th, 2021

TARGET PARTICIPANTS

The training workshop will target policy and decision makers
engaged in multi-sector policy making, Planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, including Government officials, Private Organizations, dealing with poverty, gender, disability and ageing development issues, as well as civil society organizations and academia in the region. It is majorly aimed at developing skills set for policies, legislations formulations and program planning and implementations. The training component is emphasized (rather than dialogue).
A total of 20 participants are expected and will be drawn from the countries in the sub-Saharan African region as listed. The training will be replicated in due course.

West Africa: 4 - Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria. Gambia
Central Africa: 4 - Cameroon, Rwanda
East Africa: 4 - Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mauritius
Southern Africa: 4 - Zimbabwe, Malawi,
AU: 2. Slots

TRAINING COURSE CONTENT
Ageing Policy Formulation, Planning Implementation and Policy
Related Aspects

(PHASE ONE) WEDNESDAY 17 FEBRUARY, 2021 - Day 1

  • Ageing and Global Demographic Trends: Africa’s Response and Implications for older persons and Family.
  • Systemic Drivers of Older Persons’ Vulnerability in Africa: The Stakes and Primacy of Policy, Institutions and Data
  • Human Rights and Ageism: Using Lessons from COVID-19 for Transformative Innovations for Inclusive Africa
  • Elder Abuse: Culture, Gender and Rights in Africa (Sharing of Country Experiences) and Policy Implications

THURSDAY 18 FEBRUARY, 2021 - Day 2

  • Determinants of Common Diseases and Medical Conditions of Older Persons: Implication for Policy and Planning
  • WHO Healthy Ageing and ICOPE Strategy for Resilient Later Life
  • Long-Term and Palliative Care Options in Africa
  • Dementia, other Mental Health Conditions of Older Persons and Cultural Orientation: Implications for Policy and Planning

FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY, 2021 - Day 3

  • Basic Geriatric Care and Home Health Services: Regulating Agencies and Certification of Care Givers
  • Industry Aspect of Ageing and Solutions Economy: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Social Protection, Emerging Issues and Older Persons in Africa: Strengthening Evidence Base for Inclusive Policy Measures (Comparative National Situation Analyses)
  • National Polices on Ageing or Social Protection – GAP ANALYSES

(PHASE TWO) THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY, 2021 - Day 4

  • Enabling Policy Mechanisms and Experience: Linking Local to Global Priority Issues of Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2030 SDGs and AU Framework and Plan of Action on Ageing (2002)
  • Age Friendly Rural Communities (Group Presentation)

FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY, 2021 - Day 5

  • Understanding Human Rights Advocacy: Building specific national and Regional mechanisms for older people and Multi-Stakeholders Engagements
  • Recap and Policy Formulation/Presentation of Group Work- Draft Policy Frameworks
  • Presentation of certificates

FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY, 2021 - Day 5

  • Understanding Human Rights Advocacy: Building specific national and Regional mechanisms for older people and Multi-Stakeholders Engagements
  • Recap and Policy Formulation/Presentation of Group Work- Draft Policy Frameworks
  • Presentation of certificates

Criteria for Selection of Participants from Target Countries:
Following a review of first 40 applications from the thirteen target countries, 18 policy and decision makers from government and regional organizations and heads of NGOs in Ageing and older persons with ICT skills will be selected to attend the 5- day training from 17-th-19th February and the concluding phase 2 from 25 -26 February 2021.
The participants selected will range considerably in their:

  • Levels of existing employment records and indication of employment responsibility as it relates to Ageing mainstreaming;
  • Scope to learn and develop in different ways through the training;
  • Articulation of what use they will put the acquired skills to after the training;
  • Those with experience of national campaigning on issues of ageism, the OEWG process campaigning for a new convention, and acting as spokesperson.

Areas of Interests of Participants
Participants will be selected from diverse areas of interest and expertise including Gender, Social Protection, Health and long term care, Lifelong learning,, Human Rights, Public Health, SDGs, rural communities, dementia, disability, age friendly city and urban planning palliative care, Development, Policy making etc.

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