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AKDN's goal is to support and contribute to the improvement of prospects for economic, social, and cultural development.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. Current priority areas include rural economic development, employment and enterprise development, enhancing the quality of social services, strengthening civil society organizations, and protecting cultural heritage including the development of sustainable tourism.

Drawing on its considerable experience in the region as well as selected countries of South and Central Asia and Africa, AKDN is piloting an integrated approach to addressing issues of social, economic and cultural development specific to the Syrian context. The aim is to develop a programme with the necessary critical mass to serve as a model for wider sector reform. AKDN will test models of public-private partnership that enhance quality in the provision of social services and augment the capacity of the public sector to work with private institutions to meet the needs of a growing population.

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.