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Facts at a Glance (2010)

Founder and Chairman
His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.

Board of Directors
His Highness the Aga Khan
Prince Amyn Aga Khan
Maître André Ardoin
Guillaume de Spoelberch

Head Office - Geneva, Switzerland (1967)
Pakistan (1969)
United Kingdom (1973)
Kenya (1974)
India (1978)
Bangladesh (1980)
Canada (1980)
United States of America (1981)
Portugal (1983)
Tanzania (1991)
Uganda (1992)
Tajikistan (1995)
Mozambique (2000)
Kyrgyz Republic (2003)
Afghanistan (2003)
Syria (2003)
Egypt (2006)
Madagascar (2006)
Mali (2007)
Russia (2007)

Private, not-for-profit, non-denominational, development agency. Part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of eight institutions working in health, education, culture and rural and economic development.

AKF seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and ill-health with special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal and other resource-poor areas.

Programme Priorities
Education, rural development, health, civil society, with particular emphasis on community participation, gender, the environment, pluralism and human resource development.

AKF is largely an implementing organisation rather than a grant-making foundation. When it does make grants, AKF normally makes them to non-govermental organisations that share AKF’s goals. In some cases, where there is no appropriate partner, the Foundation may help to create a new civil society organisation or may manage projects directly. Grantees are selected without regard to origin, religion, gender or political association.

2,800 worldwide. AKF attempts, as a management principle, to develop local human resource capacity and most AKF employees are nationals of the countries where AKF offices are located.

There are four central objectives:

Sources of Funding and Endowment
His Highness the Aga Khan, grants from development agencies, income from the endowment and donations from individuals and corporations.

Major projects are evaluated by independent professionals, in many cases in partnership with the agencies that co-fund them.

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