Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and a five-year civil war, Tajikistan’s electrical infrastructure required major investment. Among the most affected areas was the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), where people and economic development suffered during the cold winter months. The lack of electricity for heating resulted in the closure of schools, health centers and businesses. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), in partnership with the International Finance Corporation, formed the Pamir Energy company in 2002 to address the situation. In 2012 with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. started the Cross-Border Energy project to expand Pamir Energy’s reach across the border to Afghanistan’s remote Shugnan District.
A few of over 200 current projects from the Aga Khan Foundation.
FACES OF CHANGE SPOTLIGHT
Ms. Chidzidzingo is a farmer in a drought-prone village along the coast of Kenya. Toiling the parched land is tiring and unprofitable, creating a scarcity of food and resources.
The Foundation and its sister Aga Khan Development Network agencies have been experimenting with, and implementing, innovative solutions to development challenges for over 40 years. Our overriding goal is to assist in the struggle against hunger, disease, illiteracy, ignorance and social exclusion. Central to these efforts are community-based development approaches in which local organizations identify, prioritize and implement projects with the Foundation’s assistance.
The Foundation extends a helping hand to communities and individuals so they may live with dignity and hope. Take a glimpse at our projects to see the impact your contribution makes on saving lives, educating children and helping families to lift themselves out of poverty.
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