We live in a world where 3.3 billion people live on less than $2 a day. Given our global interdependence, it is in our best interests to tackle poverty because it is one of the greatest sources of instability and conflict in the world today.
Through PartnershipsInAction, Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. is raising awareness about development issues abroad and getting people involved locally in the U.S. to be part of the solution to end global poverty. The Foundation addresses the root causes of poverty with model programs so that all people have the opportunity to raise healthy families, go to school, earn decent wages and live and work in environments free of disease. Using grassroots community-based approaches, our programs train people to build local institutions that focus on self-reliance and improve the quality of life in their communities.
One of the strengths of the Foundation and PartnershipsInAction is that they are part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the largest network of its kind focused on alleviating poverty and improving opportunities for the poorest among us, particularly in Africa and Asia.
AKDN takes an integrated approach to development to ensure that results are long-lasting. Its focus on building sustainable communities and enterprises aims at reducing dependence on external development assistance. The Foundation along with AKDN agencies collaborate with public-private partnerships, local and international organizations, governments and civil society to bring about a catalytic effect on revitalizing communities, raising incomes and restoring pride and hope.
The underlying impulse of the Foundation and PartnershipsInAction is the ethic of compassion for the vulnerable of society, driven by a tradition of philanthropy, volunteerism, sharing, caring and the duty to contribute to improve the quality of life for all.