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
On a visit to an AKDN rural support programme in the mid-1980s, His Highness the Aga Khan saw that, contrary to prevailing thinking that suggested rising incomes alone would solve poverty, there was a need to bring a variety of inputs and disciplines to bear in a given area. More