Improving the quality of habitat by strengthening civil society
Because disasters resulting from climate change and other factors have increased the risks in urban housing cooperatives in India, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services have experimented with ways to improve the habitability of these cooperatives.
The AKDN in India Brochure (2011)
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.
Revitalising Zanzibar’s Stone Town
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) has been active in Zanzibar since 1989, successfully completing the restoration of 11 landmark buildings (many of them on the point of collapse), upgrading housing and rehabilitating public spaces, notably Kelele Square and Forodhani Park. Inspired by His Highness the Aga Khan’s commitment to the preservation of historic cities in the Muslim world, AKTC has been working to prove cultural heritage can become a catalyst for positive change.
Disaster Resilience and Health
Natural disasters in developing countries can have a particularly devastating effect, taking lives and wiping out the hard-earned assets of poor people in a matter of minutes. Compounding this loss is the destruction of vital buildings, including health facilities that are central to recovery but which are often as vulnerable as other parts of the infrastructure.
Partnering with Governments
In Afghanistan, AKDN is a facilitating partner of the Government’s National Solidarity Programme (NSP). Under the NSP, AKDN assists villages in establishing village-based Community Development Councils, electing an accountable and transparent Council leadership, formulating village development plans, and prioritising village needs.
His Highness the Aga Khan visited Lisbon at the invitation of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, to receive the 2013 North-South Prize.
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