In Syria, programmes of the Aga Khan Development Network span six
provinces (Aleppo, Damascus, Hama, Lattakia, Sweida and Tartous), serving
both rural and urban populations. Current priority areas include rural economic
development, employment and enterprise development, enhancing the quality
of services, strengthening civil
society organizations, protecting cultural heritage and developing sustainable
In AKDN’s experience, a process of positive change sparked by AKDN agencies can gain its own momentum and become selfsustaining if – and this is where experimentation and innovation are important – there is both a correct mix, and a critical mass, of coordinated development activity. The components of this “correct mix” and “critical mass” can vary from area to area. In ultra-poor areas, agricultural inputs that lead to higher yields of cereals may be the best way forward. More
The Aga Khan Development Network has made a long term commitment to
working with the peoples and Government of Syria to support and contribute
to the improvement of prospects for economic, social, and cultural development.
These efforts are undertaken within a Framework for Development Cooperation
Agreement, between AKDN and the Government of Syria, which was ratified
by the Syrian Parliament in 2002.