Rural Development - Aga Khan Development Network
Aga Khan Development Network


For over 25 years, AKRSP has successfully demonstrated participatory approaches to planning and implementation of micro-level development in rural areas.
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AKDN and Rural Development

The Aga Khan Foundation's (AKF) Rural Support Programmes are founded on the principle that communities can take ownership of their own development through the establishment and good functioning 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 4 million people living in remote and often marginalised areas in Central and South Asia and East and West Africa.

At the outset, AKF’s community development approach aimed to bring communities together for mutual benefit, particularly to build and manage small-scale infrastructure, receive training and share learning about new agricultural technologies, and to share liabilities through savings and credit activities. Find out more