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Established in 1980, the Aga Khan Foundation in Canada (AKFC) is a registered Canadian charity and an institution of the worldwide Aga Khan Development Network, a group of development agencies with individual mandates that address social, economic and cultural dimensions of development. Active in 30 countries, these agencies share a mission to improve living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender.

The programs demonstrate that success is possible when poverty is tackled on multiple fronts, over the long-term, and with communities in charge. In Canada, the Foundation promotes discussion and learning on international development

As part of the broader work of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), AKFC focuses on countries in Africa and Asia where it has experience and expertise, and where highly skilled local staff can help monitor progress to ensure that results are achieved and resources are used effectively.

AKFC takes a regional focus to program design, in keeping with the principles of the AKDN. Countries do not exist in isolation from the complexities of their region, and many communities straddle porous borders. For this reason, sustainable improvements to quality of life are tied to the development of the region as a whole.