Awareness Activities

    Awareness activities are hosted by volunteers and staff around the U.S. to educate and inspire audiences on the inter-dependent connections between the developing and developed world and demonstrate what it means to be a responsible global citizen. Activities introduce participants to the impact of our Foundation's programs and the innovative solutions that help communities throughout Africa and Asia gain greater voice and choice in determining their own development. 


    At the following activities, participants learn how they can become part of a worldwide movement bringing us a step closer to achieving the universal Millennium Development Goals – to cut global poverty in half by 2015. Check the Events page for a schedule of activities in your area. 


      -Lunch-&-Learn sessions
      -Film screenings with interactive dialogue and a panel of discussants
      -Corporate and professional networking events with guest speakers
      -Receptions with guest speakers
      -Essay and art competitions
      -Modules for schools
      -Village in Action at Partnership Walk
      -University clubs - Our Foundation offers a guide to help university students launch a group on campus, entitled Global Ambassadors for Action and Awareness -- Partnering with Students to Create a Better World.  


    PartnershipsInAction is not just about fundraising – more importantly, it’s about educating Americans on the power of partnerships in creating a better world in which we all have the potential to thrive in safer, more peaceful and secure world. 

  • On November 15th, 2014, Memphis volunteers of the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) will host an evening to remember at The Columns in Memphis, TN at 6:00 PM.  This benefit gala is being sponsored by Tri-State Trade Association (TTA) and will host guest speakers: U.S.

  • On September 1, Memphis volunteers of the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) hosted a benefit dinner and concert at the Esplanade Memphis, where 275 attendees enjoyed performances in the art of the gazal, learned about the Foundation’s work to end poverty in Asia and Africa, and donated over $42,000 to support those programs in health, education, enterprise.

  • In April 2012, Dallas, TX held its 2nd Annual PartnershipsInAction Art Competition. Contestants came from two local high schools and were asked to create artwork (painting, drawing, sketch, photography) reflecting on the theme Ending Global Poverty: Making Hope Take Root. In addition to their art piece, contestants also wrote a summary on how their work reflected the theme. Winners will be awarded at the Dallas Partnership Walk on September 8, 2012.

  • On March 2, Apoorva Oza, CEO of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India), will be speaking at the IDPSA Friday Forum at American University's School of International Service. He will speak about best practices and lessons learned in participatory rural development approaches. The event will take place at 5 p.m. at the Abramson Family Founders Room in the School of International Service building.

  • Joanne Trotter, Director of Programs, recently participated in a panel discussion about "Creating Sustainability: US Military and NGO Support for Institution Building in Afghanistan" at the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle, Washington, DC.

  • On Monday, April 25, 2011, Mirza Jihani, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A., and Shainoor Khoja, Director of Corporate Affairs at Roshan, an Afghanistan telecommunications provider, gave a presentation at the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) on "An integrated approach to development in Afghanistan.

  • UPDATE: Listen to Dr. Walraven's interview with CSIS here or his entire lecture from the CSIS event here.


    Dr. Gijs Walraven, Director of the Aga Khan Health Services of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is visiting Washington, DC March 28-29, 2011 and will present on AKDN’s regional approach to health systems strengthening in Central and South Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).