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The Aga Khan Planning and Building Services (AKPBS) works to improve the built environment, particularly housing design and construction, village planning, natural hazard mitigation, environmental sanitation, water supplies, and other living conditions. AKPBS achieves these goals through the provision of material and technical assistance and construction management services for rural and urban areas.  


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Aga Khan Receives India’s Padma Vibhushan Award
08 April 2015 - President Pranab Mukherjee of India awarded His Highness the Aga Khan the Padma Vibhushan, one of the country’s highest civilian decorations, for his contributions to social development in India.

AKDN Quality of Life Assessment Programme
11 February 2013 - The AKDN Quality of Life Assessment Programme brochure encompasses the programme’s core concepts, methodology, the assessment framework, domains and indicators and key principles.

AKPBS Nominated for 2012 Zayed Energy Prize
12 January 2012 - The Aga Khan Planning and Building Services’ (AKPBS) Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP) is one the finalists of the 2012 Zayed Future Energy Prize. The prize recognizes and rewards outstanding work in renewable energy and sustainability.

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Improving the Quality of Life


Improving the Quality of Life

A number of AKDN agencies create low-cost products and technologies that both improve the quality of life in human habitats and reduce the pressures on the natural environment. The Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP), for example, has created over 70 products ranging from smoke-free stoves to earthquake-resistant construction methods. More


AKPBS acts through national service companies. The service companies plan, organise and finance activities and operate facilities and programmes in close collaboration with other AKDN institutions, government agencies and selected external partnering agencies. The national service companies are officially registered as not-for-profit, non-governmental organisations in each country. The international sponsor of the national service companies is the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services S.A., which is incorporated as a not-for-profit company in Geneva, Switzerland. The Chairman and some or all of the directors of the AKPBS boards in India and Pakistan are appointed by the sponsoring company. All directors serve as volunteers on an unremunerated basis.

The activities of the national service companies are coordinated by the Social Welfare Department at the Aga Khan's Secretariat in France. This is achieved primarily through five-year plans, ten-year projections, annual budget submissions and the provision of technical assistance to country programmes and institutions.

Current priorities

The current priorities of AKPBS are:

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