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Civil Society

Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) views civil society as the broad range of non-governmental organizations that promote pluralism, improve quality of life and help communities identify solutions to their own development challenges. For this, Aga Khan Development Network nurtures institutions ranging from village organizations and community savings groups to universities.

To support this range of civil society organizations, AKF encourages an enabling legislative and fiscal environment and creates centers that set standards and provide local organizations with technical assistance, such as the Civil Society Resource Centre in Pakistan. AKF also works with the private sector and governments to raise resources for local development, to create public-private partnerships and to foster participatory governance.
> Learn more about AKF’s global approach to civil society

Aga Khan Foundation USA (AKF USA) collaborates with a diverse set of partners to strengthen civil society structures. In Afghanistan with support from the U.S. Department of State, AKF has piloted the country’s first project to address under-supported layers of Afghan government at the district and provincial levels to ensure more transparent and accountable governance and more secure livelihoods for communities. AKF USA also partners with other foundations and donors to identify ways to encourage communities to invest in their own development and build local assets through community philanthropy.

AKF USA currently supports civil society programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kenya, Mali, Tanzania and Uganda and Kyrgyzstan.

Current Programs Highlighted
Strengthening Sub-National Governance in Afghanistan

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