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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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
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.
The current priorities of AKPBS are:
- to remain a lead agency in Asia for water and sanitation programme design
and implementation in the rural areas;
- to expand capabilities to implement village mapping and planning activities
to include disaster mitigation (landslides and flooding prevention, and
earthquake structural resistance) and management issues; and
- to achieve optimal cost-recovery methods for low-cost housing and physical
infrastructure improvement projects.