Our Work

For nearly 50 years, the Aga Khan Foundation has been partnering with communities, governments, businesses and local organizations to build better futures together. Our Foundation supports the work of the Aga Khan Development Network globally. Each year, the Network helps improve the quality of life for tens of millions of people in over 30 countries.

Our Approach

In creating opportunities for all, we make long-term investments, build high-quality institutions, and cultivate an active civil society. We break the cycle of poverty by investing in these at the same time and in the same place for the greatest impact. Together they transform societies and meaningful, lasting change happens. Working with our partners we invest in innovative programs that ensure self-reliance and are integrated across sectors and across borders.

The interdependence of our approach is depicted in the above graphic. All our projects are building blocks for positive change that doesn’t go away after the funding ends. In its planning, the Aga Khan Development Network weaves together projects with a long-term outlook, going beyond the life-cycle of funding so that local institutions are permanent and civil society thrives for generations to come. Our vision is to build a better future together.

  • Making Long-term Investments. AKF makes long-term investments in education, health, stable livelihoods, reliable markets, and financial inclusion. With these opportunities people shape their own future, build their own enterprises and become self-reliant. View programs here.
  • Building Permanent Institutions. AKF invests in hospitals, universities, academies, micro-finance banks and other permanent institutions to improve the quality of life so societies may thrive. View programs here.
  • Cultivating an Active Civil Society. AKF invests in local leadership and organizations to build a robust civil society that promotes good governance and social services, encourages local philanthropy, and protects marginalized groups. Rooted in local knowledge and ownership, people begin to realize their potential and drive change in their communities. View programs here.

In collaboration with its sister offices across Africa and Asia, the Washington DC office of Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) provides technical, financial and capacity-building support to programs enabling people to improve their quality of life.

From the United States, AKF mobilizes resources and strategic partnerships with institutional partners including government agencies, policy institutes, corporations, foundations, NGOs, universities, associations and professional networks. AKF also serves as a learning institution for program enhancement, policy dialogue, education, and disseminating best practices in international development.

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