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  • A gate and shute which allows the flow of water to 400-600 new hectares of agricultural land, Zargal canal, Afghanistan. The project was funded by the European Union, in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation, through the Participatory Management of Irrigation System (PMIS) programme.
    AKDN / Andrew Quilty
  • A farmer field school meeting, Seguetiele, Côte d'Ivoire.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Rice farmers in Lindi, Tanzania.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • Village organisation in Tanzania.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Community-Based Saving Groups in Mozambique.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
Rural development - Overview

The AKF Rural Support Programmes (AKRPs) are founded on the principle that communities can take ownership of their own development through the establishment and good governance of representative village organisations (VOs). The first Rural Support Programme (RSP) was established in the Northern Areas of Pakistan in 1983.  Since then, the model has been adapted and replicated in many other contexts. AKF rural development interventions now reach over 8 million people living in remote and often marginalised areas in Central and South Asia and East and West Africa.