Pamir Energy has won the 2017 International Ashden Award for Increasing Energy Access for its work bringing hydro power to 220,000 people in East Tajikistan and 35,000 people in North Afghanistan as well as to many businesses, schools, and health centres. Pamir Energy is a project company of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, which is part of the Aga Khan Development Network. AKDN is one of the world’s leading international development organisations with mandates in social and economic development and culture.

The Ashden Awards are a globally recognised measure of excellence in the field of sustainable energy. International winners receive £20,000 in prize money as well as a tailored package of business support to scale up their work. Since the Ashden Awards were founded in 2001, Ashden has rewarded more than 190 enterprises around the world which so far have collectively improved the lives of some 79 million people, saving more than ten million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.  Funders of the 2017 Ashden Awards include Citi, Ecotricity, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Grosvenor, the IKEA Foundation, Impax Asset Management, Oak Foundation, UK aid, and the Waterloo Foundation. 

Pamir Energy received its Ashden Award on Thursday 15 June 2017 at a prestigious ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London, where former US Vice-President Al Gore gave the keynote speech.