Fresh out of college from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, I began my journey at the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) last September as an Impact Investing Fellow.
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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.
The Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index (CSOSI) is a tool that has was created by the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1997 to assess the sustainability of the civil society sector in 29 countries in Europe and Eurasia. Since 2009, the Aga Khan Foundation has joined USAID in funding an expansion of the index to sub-Saharan Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
Youth across Central Asia face limited employment opportunities. Yet there is an increasing demand for high quality and relevant post-secondary vocational and technical education opportunities. The Cross-Border Vocational Education program in Badakhshan seeks to increase employment opportunities in Afghan and Tajik Badakhshan and to improve cross-border cooperation between the two provinces.