Aga Khan Development Network

AKTC home


Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Historic Cities Programme

Music Initiative

Museums & Exhibitions

Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture


Other AKDN focus areas



The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) focuses on the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalisation of historic urban environments. It’s programmes include: the Aga Khan Award for Architecture; the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme; the Aga Khan Music Initiative; the on-line resource; the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada.

Integrating Culture in the Development Process


Integrating Culture in the Development Process

An important lesson arising from AKDN experience has been that there are few area development contexts in which a single institution can have the necessary impact on the quality of life. Rather, a broad spectrum of national and international partners must be engaged in the process of area development. More


News Archives

University of Central Asia Launches New Cultural Heritage Publications on the Pamirs
20 November 2015 - UCA launched three new books, which focus on the history and cultures of the Pamir region of Tajikistan, including an Archaeological Map of the Eastern Pamirs by Mira Bubnova and two volumes in The Musical Arts of the Pamirs series by Nizom Nurdjanov, Fayzulla Karomatov and Bahriniso Kabilova.

Steering Committee for Aga Khan Award for Architecture's 13th Cycle Announced
16 October 2015 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture today announced the members of the Steering Committee for the Thirteenth Award Cycle (2014 – 2016) on 16 October 2015. Established in 1977, the Award is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture.

Le Comité Directeur du treizième cycle du Prix Aga Khan d’Architecture est sélectionné
16 October 2016 - Le Prix Aga Khan d’Architecture a annoncé aujourd’hui les membres du Comité Directeur de son treizième Cycle (2014 – 2016).Instauré en 1977, le Prix Aga Khan d’Architecture est un prix triennal remis à des projets qui ont su établir de nouveaux standards d’excellence en architecture, aménagement urbain ou paysager, préservation de sites historiques.

View all articles



Baltit Fort, Northern PakistanBaltit Fort, Northern Pakistan, restored by the Aga Khan Historic Cities ProgrammeThe Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which was founded in 1988, is registered in Geneva, Switzerland, as a private, non-denominational, philanthropic foundation. It is an integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a family of institutions created by His Highness The Aga Khan, with distinct yet complementary mandates to improve the welfare and prospects of people in countries in the developing world, particularly in Asia and Africa.

Though their spheres of activity and expertise differ - ranging from social development, to economic development, to culture - AKDN institutions share at least three principles that guide their work. The first is a dedication to self-sustaining development that can contribute to long-term economic advancement and social harmony. The second is a commitment to the vigorous participation of local communities in all development efforts. Finally, all Network institutions seek shared responsibility for positive change. They actively work to facilitate collaborative ventures, seeking potential partners - from universities and governments, to foundations and international development agencies, to individual and corporate donors or investors - on the basis of shared objectives and the complementarity of resources.

Return to top