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AFRAN is one of four Regional Networks on Ageing organised and supported by the OIA.

Research and Capacity Building in Africa:

  • The Collen Programme on Fertility, Education and the Environment
  • An in-depth exploratory study of the family and intergenerational impacts of migration among Nigerian migrant health care workers in the UK eldercare sector and their families. (Aboderin and Harper)
  • Collaboration in the World Health Organization Ageing and Life Course Programme (WHO ALC), a multi-country study on Integrated Health Responses to Rapid Population Ageing (INTRA). (Aboderin)
  • An in-depth investigation of the “Dimensions and Social Determinants of Older People’s Health in Nigeria and Implications for Policy”. (Aboderin)
  • Intergenerational issues in South Africa in general and in particular the configuration and reconfiguration of these relationships in the context of HIV/AIDS. (Hoffman)
  • Housing and Older People in South Africa – exploring a continuum of informal and residential care. (Hoffman)
  • Falls / Musculoskeletal disease and Older People in sub-Saharan Africa (Aboderin, Howse, Hoffman):
    • a prevalence study of arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis, falls and fractures
    • a policy research study on the need for prevention services.

Coordinator: Dr Jaco Hoffman


Through running AFRAN the OIA

  • Provides a platform for exchange and capacity building between network members
  • Forges collaborative research and training initiatives undertaken by AFRAN members in partnership with the OIA

In developing research and capacity building programmes AFRAN draws on directions and approaches identified by the strategic plan and framework for research on ageing in sub-Saharan Africa that was developed as an outcome of the April 2005 Oxford Conference on Research on Ageing in Africa.


AFRAN is coordinated by Dr. Jaco Hoffman who leads the Africa Programme at the Institute of Population Ageing University of Oxford.

The network is guided by an 8-member advisory board comprising African scholars and civil society representatives. In addition, AFRAN draws on strategic consultation with a group of International Advisors representing key research and policy bodies.

If you wish to join as an organisation, please download and complete this form.


Current AFRAN members include Africa-based individual and institutional members, as well as members from European and international research institutions. For details on current members click here.

Membership to AFRAN is open for anyone engaged or interested in research on ageing issues in African populations. To become a member of AFRAN please contact us.

If you wish to join as an individual, please downlaod and complete this form.