Community Philanthropy is the practice of communities mobilizing capital of various kinds – financial, civic, social, human, political, and intellectual – with the aim of improving residents’ lives over the long term. In the places where the Aga Khan Development Network works, we have a long history of supporting this practice, which grows from the natural disposition to help. Community philanthropy organizations customize their programs to fit community needs and find ways to strengthen civil society for the long term. AKDN works to build the local sustainability of civil society by strengthening organizational Assets, Capacity, and Trust, with a larger goal of improving the quality of life in the areas where we work.
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.
Read stories of hope and opportunity from women, children and men who have been touched by our work.
AKF Stories from the Field