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  • Farmer Field Schools - Village Organisation in Mozambique.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • In Portugal, K’Cidade, AKF’s urban community support programme, brings together people from different backgrounds and ages by involving them in community improvement and development activities. Shakib, a Nepalese immigrant, operates a small grocery shop in Vale de Alcantara, a neighbourhood where many seniors live (photo). They benefit from his services and teach him Portuguese.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • Since 2008, the Aga Khan Foundation has been implementing an integrated area development programme in Mopti, Mali to help improve the quality of life in one of the country’s poorest regions.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • Village Development Organisations (VDOs), formed with assistance from AKF, mobilise community resources, identify priorities and resolve problems.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • Social audit in the village of Kohi Daraz, Afghanistan. Rouhgul, an AKF worker, facilitates the women's side of the meeting. The audit, introduced by AKF to promote transparency and accountability among Community Development Councils (CDC), requires elected representatives to demonstrate that the CDC spent funds wisely and in the manner agreed to by villagers.
    AKDN / Sandra Calligaro
Civil society

Effective and efficient civil society organisations have been a hallmark of successful societies, whether it is in the form of farmer’s federations, arts clubs or other non-governmental organisations.  However, in many societies, they are seen as a threat.  Over the span of two years, 64 laws, regulations and other initiatives that put restrictions on civil society were adopted and put into force.  The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) therefore seeks to encourage positive developments in civil society.  It sees a robust, efficient civil society - increasingly funded by indigenous sources - as a key driver of the overall quality of life, both in developing and developed countries.