Background His Highness the Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, is the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. The Aga Khan has a deep commitment to improving the quality of life for all through the agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network.
AKF (UK) is a registered charity and affiliate of the international Aga Khan Foundation and the Aga Khan Development Network
Mission The UK office of the Aga Khan Foundation supports the broader Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) by forming strategic partnerships with UK and European institutional partners including government agencies, policy institutes, corporations, foundations, NGOs, universities, associations and professional networks and mobilising resources. AKF (UK) also serves as a learning institution for programme enhancement, policy dialogue, education, and disseminating best practices in international development. Through its series of events and talks, AKF helps raise awareness about particular issues with the development community and with the UK public. In the developing world countries in which the AKDN implements programmes and builds institutions, the principal activities of the organisation are to break the cycle of poverty, promote pluralism, and improve the quality of life.
Geographic focus Africa, Asia and the Middle East
Programme areas Agriculture, Access to Finance, Civil Society, Culture, Disaster Risk Reduction, Enterprise Development, Education, Governance, Health, Humanitarian Assistance, Infrastructure, Natural Resource Management, Sanitation, Water