WATCH: IFA director Njuakom Nchii Francis, Cameroon Africa

NIJUAKOM Nchii Francis is Founder and Chief Executive of CDVTA, Cameroon's leading organization in providing assistance and support to older people. He is the coordinator of Nouvelle Planete projects in Cameroon and the main contact for Common Wealth Association for the Ageing (Commonage) in Cameroon.  

Mr Francis has recently defended a research project on the rights of older people in Cameroon.

He holds a Degree in Social Work from the Pan African Institute for Development, West Africa, a Higher National Diploma in Community Development from the Cameroon Government Institute for Community Development and certificates in Social Gerontology from the United Nations International Institute on ageing (INIA) in Malta as well as a certificate in Leadership and advocacy.  

In July 2008, Mr Francis was awarded the Sheila McKechnie Foundation UK 2008 International Campaigner Award by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, London and was granted many interviews featuring older people's issues in the national and international media, including BBC World Service.  

Mr Francis brings to the IFA 20 years of experience developing major actions that have established best practices on older people's rights in Cameroon as well as other countries in Africa.

For example, his leadership role in supporting the ageing agenda across Cameroon has led to the successful validation of a national ageing policy.

Moreover, his membership and work with Common Wealth Association for the Ageing (Commonage) and HelpAge International can help the IFA establish a stronger voice in Africa.