Aga Khan Foundation (Afghanistan)
The Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan is a member agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). AKF (Afg) currently manages and implements the largest multi-sectoral development programme within the network and has built a strong reputation with the Government of Afghanistan, donors and local partners in a number of technical fields.
At a glance:
-Founded and chaired by his highness the Aga Khan, the Aga Khan Foundation was established in 1967 in -Geneva, Switzerland and in 2003 in Afghanistan.
-AKF (Afg) current focuses in seven provinces of central and eastern Afghanistan: Badakhshan, Baghlan, Bamyan, Kunduz, Parwan, Samangan and Takhar.
-Currently, the organization’s programs focuses on development of rural communities, education, health, civil society, infrastructure and market development.
-Aga Khan Foundation has 2,800 staff worldwide. Currently, the AKF (Afg) employs 1,645 staff.
-The Aga Khan Foundation receives grants from his highness, Aga Khan, grants from development agencies, income from the endowment and donations from individuals and corporations.
With program in seven provinces, AKF (Afg) established 1,500 Community Development Councils through the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development’s National Solidarity Programmes. In Partnership with Ministry of Education, AKF (Afg) also supports 216 public schools, 70 early child development centers and nearly 300 community-based education classes. These programs have reached 30,000 primary and secondary school students. Over 2,700 community-based savings group with an overall membership of nearly 40,000 have been established.
The organization’s rural development activities include livestock development, water use associations and tourism promotion. To date, more than 30 infrastructure projects have been completed in 25 districts.
The Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan works with the following AKDN agencies:
-Focus of Humanitatian Assitance (FOCUS)
-The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM)
-The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance
-The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED)
-The Aga Khan For Trust for Culture (AKTC)
-The Aga Khan University (AKU)