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About Us

About the Aga Khan Foundation

Reliable hospitals, schools and community centers. Flourishing economies. Informed and engaged people who have the space and collective power to shape their own futures. These are the cornerstones of all thriving communities.

Poverty is a complex problem, yet we make progress when we integrate the efforts of organizations from all sectors and across borders.

Harnessing the best from people of all walks of life, we build deep partnerships with nonprofits, businesses, governments and local leaders based on a shared vision of prosperity for all. Working with our partners – ranging from governments, local citizen groups, NGOs, socially responsible corporations and foundations – we make long-term commitments to pioneering programs that improve the quality of life. View a list of our partners here.

The Aga Khan Foundation has been investing in civil society across Africa and Asia for decades, partnering with communities to build better futures together. Committed to breaking the cycle of poverty, especially for society’s most vulnerable, we integrate our efforts across sectors making long-term investments, building lasting institutions and cultivating local leadership. We work for the common good of all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or religion, inspired by compassion and solidarity with the vulnerable in society.

Reaching 3.5 million people annually, the Foundation is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network, one of the world’s leading poverty solutions networks, established by His Highness the Aga Khan.

About the Aga Khan Development Network

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) was founded by His Highness, the Aga Khan, who is the hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. The Aga Khan is Chairman of the Board of AKDN, which is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty and advancing positive change that lasts for generations to come.

We build quality institutions – clinics, banks and universities – that anchor communities and provide them opportunities to unlock their promise. We are committed to innovative model programs that improve the quality of life for people and can be replicated in the poorest regions of the world. Our approach touches a wide range of investments critical to human development, from early childhood education to health and infrastructure to green space preservation.

We believe that communities and societies are stronger when they are built on the vision and collaboration of people from all different backgrounds. Our work is driven by the belief in our shared humanity and the firm conviction that we all have purpose.

The AKDN has agreements and protocols with the numerous countries and organizations: Afghanistan, Asian Development Bank, Bangladesh, Canada, Egypt, the European Commission, France, Germany, India, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Mali, Mozambique, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the United Nations (United Nations Development Programme and World Health Organization).

Our Values

The work of the Aga Khan Foundation and the Aga Khan Development Network is grounded in a set of universal ethics. While different AKDN agencies focus on different mandates, all have the goal of creating sustainable livelihoods and building institutions that improve the quality of life for communities and individuals. Our core values are:

  • Respect for human dignity
  • Compassion and solidarity with the less fortunate
  • Self-reliance
  • Pluralism: tolerance, openness, and understanding toward other peoples’ cultures, values and faiths
  • The right to participate and determine local priorities Service to humanity through volunteerism

 

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