We are thrilled to launch #humansoftheworld, tales we can both relate to and marvel at. In this series, we share stories of appreciation, self-reliance, and strength from across the Aga Khan Development Network, with a focus on our work in Africa and Asia.

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Girl stands with bike in front of a youth skills development center

In December 2019, 20-year-old Karishma completed a course at Yuva Junction, where she learned sewing skills to make women’s clothes. Now, she’s sewing face...

AKDN agencies are all working together to help to continue our programmes to improve quality of life during these difficult times. Above: researchers working at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan.

In just a few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe affecting every aspect of our lives. In these unprecedented times, the Aga...

Nestled in the remote mountains of northern Pakistan, Chipurson Valley has a total population of 4,000 people. Through the School Improvement Program (SIP), the...

For people living in poor, remote areas, access to formal financial institutions to borrow or save money is considered a luxury. Yet families in...

In Chitral, the farthest most district of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in northern Pakistan, a sea change of transformational teaching and learning is...

“More important than speed, economic growth that is inclusive is crucial for a healthy and stable society.” In Central Asia, Aga Khan Foundation USA...

Sagyn, a kindergarten director, in the Kyrgyz Republic

One fall afternoon, five women in the playroom of the new kindergarten in the Kyrgyz Republic talked about the changes they saw with the...

Dilangez, Fashion Designer

Dilangez grew up in a family of six in a small village in Tajikistan. From a young age, she was passionate about design. Her...

Sara is seven years old and lives in one of the world’s most remote areas—in northern Afghanistan. She dreams of becoming a doctor. But...

In every country, every city, and every village around the world, we find strong, compassionate, and loving dads who are the heroes in their...

Goat rearing in Bihar, India

In an effort to help women gain financial independence, Project Mesha launched in Bihar, India, in 2016 to train women to rear goats and...

In Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development has invested in infrastructure projects that contribute to the country’s development. With USAID support, telemedicine extends the capacity of the urban hospital to clinics in the rural north. / Lucas Cuervo Moura, Aga Khan Development Network

In remote areas, a medical disaster can have a domino effect, causing families emotional and financial disaster as well. In northern Afghanistan, for example,...