Aga Khan Development Network

Founded and guided by His Highness the Aga Khan, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of development agencies working to empower communities and individuals, often in disadvantaged circumstances and improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in Africa and Asia.

AKDN agencies have mandates ranging from health and education to architecture, environment, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalization of historic cities. The Network's agencies work for the common good of all citizens, regardless of their gender, origin or religion and its underlying impulse is the ethnic of compassion for the vulnerable in society.

AKDN is the largest network of its kind focused on alleviating poverty and improving opportunities for the poorest among us, particularly in Africa and Asia. More than an NGO, it is a network of non-profit and for-profit agencies with experience in integrating economic, social and cultural improvements.

AKDN has over 80,000 employees, the majority of whom are based in developing countries. AKDN agencies combine their expertise and experience with a collective vision to build institutions using an integrated approach to development. An integrated approach to development is central to achieving long-lasting results, creating sustainable institutions and reducing dependence on external development assistance.

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