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Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) is an international group of agencies established in Europe, North America, South and Central Asia to complement the provision of emergency relief, principally in the developing world. It helps people in need reduce their dependence on humanitarian aid and facilitates their transition to sustainable self-reliant, long-term development. Focus Humanitarian Assistance is an affiliate of the AKDN.

To contact Focus, please see the Contacts for Focus Humanitarian Assistance page.


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Agreement to Implement Disaster Preparedness Project in Central Asia
26 November 2014 - An agreement to implement the eighth DIPECHO Project in Central Asia seeks to enable local communities and institutions to better prepare for, mitigate and respond to natural disasters.

AKDN Supports Relief Effort for the Victims of Afghanistan Landslide
05 May 2014 - In the wake of a disastrous mudslide in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province, the Aga Khan Development Network was working closely with the government and other organisations in providing urgent relief supplies, including tents for shelter, food items, and emergency medical care.

"Drop, Cover and Hold on": AKDN Takes Part in Global Earthquake Preparedness
28 October 2011 - Over 20,000 people affiliated with AKDN institutions joined millions of other participants in the Great ShakeOut campaign, an annual earthquake drill designed to educate people and organizations on how to prepare and protect themselves at work, school and community centres during an earthquake.

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Founded in 1994 by the Ismaili Muslim community under the guidance of His Highness the Aga Khan, FOCUS has offices in Europe, North America, South and Central Asia. It has worked largely in South and Central Asia and Africa, but has also operated in a number of other locations, including the Middle East.

FOCUS's affiliation with the AKDN enables smooth transitions from disaster assistance to long-term development. FOCUS also works with numerous like-minded agencies and donor partners, including government, multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies, as well as corporations that share an interest in helping affected communities reduce their dependence on humanitarian assistance and facilitating the transition to self-reliance. Please see our Partners page for a list for partners.

FOCUS’ expertise ranges from providing relief and assistance following landslides, earthquakes, cyclones, floods and disease epidemics. It has also undertaken successful resettlement programmes for displaced families and extended relief and recovery support for communities making the transition to development.

In addition, FOCUS has over a decade’s expertise in fostering disaster-resilient communities and developing methods and training for disaster risk management, from natural hazard risk assessment to mitigation and preparedness in some of the world’s most challenging terrain, including the mountains of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan and the coastal plains of the Indian subcontinent.

Over the last decade, FOCUS has been working in Afghanistan, East Timor, India, Mozambique, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Zanzibar.

Some of FOCUS’ recent endeavors include:

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