The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of development agencies
with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture,
culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion
of private-sector enterprise and the revitalisation of historic cities.
AKDN agencies conduct their programmes without regard to faith, origin or
The major determinants of health may be well known, but the relative importance of each – and the amount of resources dedicated to them – is often determined at the local level. Not surprisingly, the health concerns of the developed world – where much of cutting-edge research is conducted – are not always the same as the developing world. More