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AKDN and Civil Society

“…civil society [is] a realm of activity which is neither governmental nor commercial, institutions designed to advance the public good, but powered by private energies.” –His Highness the Aga Khan, Enabling Environment Conference, Afghanistan, June 2007

Strengthening civil society to improve the quality of life is a central goal of the AKDN. Civil society is increasingly recognised globally as a building block for democracy and economic development. AKDN understands civil society in the broadest sense of civic institutions working for the public good. A strong civil society can enhance social cohesion and pluralism, advance meritocracy, ethics and standards of quality, act as a bulwark against volatility in times of crisis and protect communities against state failure. It is important to keep in mind that civil society includes a diversity of opinion and action.

Social Audits in Afghanistan: Making Local Governance More Transparent


Social Audits in Afghanistan: Making Local Governance More Transparent

As Afghanistan struggles to rebuild a society which can supply its people’s needs after years of conflict, one of the most widespread and persistent complaints is of corruption and the lack of accountability in government. Social audits, which are carried out with the agreement of the community development council and the community, allow local people to "audit" how funds are used, pose questions about the progress of a development project and ask about staffing and maintenance costs. More


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AKDN Quality of Life Assessment Programme Brochure
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.

Partnering with Governments
01 April 2007 - In Afghanistan, AKDN is a facilitating partner of the Government’s National Solidarity Programme (NSP). Under the NSP, AKDN assists villages in establishing village-based Community Development Councils, electing an accountable and transparent Council leadership, formulating village development plans, and prioritising village needs.

Responding to Emerging Challenges
01 July 2007 - When restoring Baltit Fort, in Hunza, Pakistan, it was the aim of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to use the restoration as a catalyst for the generation of new employment opportunities, the provision of training in jobs that were needed for a changing economy and the creation of new forms of governance to maintain and protect the area’s rich cultural heritage.

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