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Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, Pakistan

Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, Pakistan

Vision: Peaceful and productive communities with a secure, healthy, pleasant and comfortable living environment. 

Mission: To enhance the quality of life of the target populations with reference to their planning and building related living conditions. 

Detailed Profile: The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS,P), established in 1980, is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network with the mandate to plan and implement built environment related development initiatives for local communities in Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh in areas such as water supply and sanitation, energy-efficient building and construction improvement, habitat risk reduction, natural resources conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

AKPBS,P takes an integrated, community-based approach to sustainable development while its development programmes address the immediate needs of clean water, adequate sanitation and safe housing, and the overall impact that these initiatives have on the economic, social and environmental sustainability. 

AKPBS,P undertakes built environment interventions through its flagship programmes. Two of these, the Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP) and the Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP) have also been cited as Good Practice Cases in the 2010 UNDG Millennium Development Goals Good Practices publication. In 2011, AKPBS,P was awarded the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy for avoided deforestation. 

AKPBS,P undertakes the delivery of services in collaboration with local and national development agencies, community-based organisations and donors for an extended outreach. This approach is central to AKPBS,P’s interventions; through an integrated approach to the provision of water and sanitation, a life cycle approach to the production and installation of household energy efficiency, market development and entrepreneurship, and mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in villages through safer construction, retrofitting, awareness-raising and skill enhancement. 

AKPBS,P provides technical and engineering solutions supported by social innovations and human resource development solutions. Other initiatives include post-disaster relief and early recovery, and rehabilitation and permanent housing for disaster affected communities. 

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Facilitating community-based safe water supply and sanitation systems for good health and improved awareness of hygienic practices. 

Approximately 80 to 85 percent of the populations of Gilgit-Baltistan, and Chitral (GBC) in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province do not have access to potable water, whereas up to 60 percent of the population collects water from open channels, often requiring a walk of up to 3km several times a day. Women and children are responsible for water collection and hence bear the largest burden.


A four-year project to improve safe drinking water and sanitation facilities has benefited over 200,000 people in the Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral (GBC) regions of Pakistan.
  The Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP) was initiated by AKPBS,P in 1997 with the aim of providing integrated water supply infrastructure services to local communities and to help prevent water related diseases though improved hygiene and sanitation practices. Development of community capacity in design and maintenance of these services is a key element of WASEP’s integrated approach. Communities also take the responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the scheme, and contribute to a fund for salaries of community scheme based operators, health monitors, and spare parts. WASEP provides engineering and construction services, non-local materials, skilled labor, training, and health and hygiene education during the scheme implementation. WASEP’s integrated intervention package includes: 
  • Community mobilization and participation;
  • Potable water supply infrastructure;
  • Water quality management;
  • Grey water drainage infrastructure;
  • Household sanitation infrastructure; and
  • Health and hygiene education 

To date, AKPBS,P has implemented over 500 water supply schemes benefitting around 45,000 households and more than 380,000 people. AKPBS,P has led the construction of over 21,000 latrines which has improved the health of women in particular in GBC and increased their daily productivity. The attendance of girls in schools has also increased drastically as young girls no longer need to make arduous daily journeys to fetch water. Moreover, health and hygiene awareness sessions coupled with stringent water quality assurance as per WHO guidelines, have contributed to a reduction of around 60% in the instances of diarrhea and other waterborne diseases in GBC.  In Sindh, water and sanitation interventions include the provision of hand pumps and hygienic sanitation facilities to rural settlements. 

Quality Housing

Energy efficient products and technologies as a means to conserve natural resources and improve livelihoods  A large proportion of GBC is located in a seismically unstable zone. The degradation of natural resources, especially the loss of foliage and forest cover, has been increasing at an alarming rate, causing land degradation and soil destabilization which in turn, has led to diminished economic prospects for residents and even the loss of life (due to mudslides and floods associated with deforestation). The main cause of this deforestation is use of wood in house construction and as a fuel for cooking and heating. An estimated 15 percent of all household income is spent on heating, cooking and house maintenance needs.  To find solutions to this problem, in 1997, the Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP) was initiated by AKPBS,P. As a result of its applied research, solution development, field testing and market development, BACIP has developed more than 50 different types of energy-efficient and home-improvement products during the past 20 years. To date, over 75,000 energy efficient and housing improvement products have been installed in over 46,500 households. The programme has also trained more than 40 entrepreneurs and more than 2,000 artisans and crafts persons in masonry, plumbing, wiring etc.  Some key BACIP products include:

  • Fuel-efficient stoves with attached water warming facilities;
  • Roof hatch windows, double glazed windows which allow for more light while conserving heat;
  • Floor insulation, wall insulation and roof treatment for thermal efficiency;
  • Light-weight and low-cost galvanized iron wire reinforcements for walls to strengthen housing structures against earthquakes;
  • Solar cookers and solar water heaters for fuel conservation. 

Risk Resilient Buildings

Mainstream disaster risk reduction in society through safer construction, retrofitting, awareness-raising and skill enhancement.  The Habitat Risk Management Programme (HRMP) was initiated in 2007 to serve as a catalyst for Disaster Risk Reduction. HRMP was the direct outcome of an endowment fund, titled ‘Fund for Sustainable Built Environment’, which was founded on AKPBS,P’s Alcan Award for Sustainability 2005 and a donation from His Highness the Aga Khan.  HRMP aims to mainstream disaster reduction into development (social, economic, physical and ecological) and build the resilience of communities to both natural and human induced hazard risks through structural and non-structural risk mitigations.  HRMP promotes cost effective, culturally sensitive and replicable retrofitting techniques to strengthen existing infrastructure and develop seismic resistant technologies for new constructions.  The Programme also reduces the risk of disasters faced by rural communities by conducting trainings for individuals and communities in safe construction, disaster risk management, village mapping and documentation works.  HRMP also provides advice on land use planning and structuring community-based infrastructures and lifeline systems (roads, irrigation channels, bridges, potable water supply systems, first aid/basic health units, electricity, and communication systems). 

Relief and Early Recovery 

With expertise in implementing built environment interventions, AKPBS also initiated a series of projects to contribute to the early recovery of flood affected communities in GBC and Sind after the 2010 floods and landslides in the region. These included rehabilitation of damaged water supply schemes and sanitation facilities, construction of winterized shelters, and installation of latrines and water supply points.  During the year 2011, AKPBS,P provided 2,815 transitional shelters with 234 water supply points and 1,028 communal latrines in Sind. Health and Hygiene awareness sessions were also conducted at the shelter sites to create awareness amongst the communities about good hygiene practices. In GBC, a total of 767 winterized transitional shelters and 483 repairs were provided to flood affected families whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the floods. These shelters were equipped with BACIP’s energy efficient and home improvement products, providing additional support for these highly vulnerable families to protect themselves against the harsh winter. 

Rehabilitation and Permanent Housing

In response to the 2010 floods in Pakistan, AKPBS,P successfully completed the construction of transitional shelters with water and sanitation facilities through its relief and early recovery initiatives. Following the completion of these activities in the Sind and Gilgit-Baltistan, AKPBS,P is currently initiating its activities for the next phase of post-flood rehabilitation of affected communities and has introduced a long-term vision for economical, disaster resilient and energy efficient permanent housing. The beneficiaries of permanent housing in both the regions will be provided with improved housing solutions, which are seismically safe and engineered unlike before. 

Status of Company: Not for profit Company, licensed under section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984

Company Registration Number: 0043079
Company National Tax Number: 1521923-2


Registered Office: 
Suite 310-311, Kassam Court,
Clifton Block-5,

Head Office: 
Same as registered office

Branch/Regional Offices:
Gilgit Office:
River View Road,
Opposite FCNA Helicopter,
Chowk Jutial GILGIT

Baltistan Office:
Near Continental Hotel and Clifton Bridge,

Chitral Office:
Mirajuddin House,
Near Chitral Govt High School,

Chitral Sindh Office:
House No 18/A Ground Floor
Makli Cooperative Housing

Society Makli District Thatta:
House No 18/A
Ground Floor
Makli Cooperative Housing 
Society Makli District Thatta 

Phone numbers:

Registered/Head Office: +92-35361802-06
Branch/Regional Offices:
Gilgit Office: 05811-454266-452819
Baltistan Office: 05815 – 450222
Chitral Office: (0943-412883/413531
Sindh Office: 0298770201-621313
Email address:


Asad Noorddin LakhaniBachelors in Computer ScienceEntrepreneur
Hussain Hassan AliB.E (Civil); Master in Business AdministrationEngineer
Abid AliMaster in Business AdministrationHuman Resources
Ashraf Ali Sher AliB.E (Industrial Engineering); Master in Business AdministrationProject Manager/Project Management
Bibi NabatMS in International DevelopmentEducation Specialist
Salma DawarMaster in International Development and Masters in Women StudiesConsultant
Natasha IqbalBA Political Science & International RelationsCommunication Advisor
Rozina AbidiMA ArchitectureArchitect
Shabbir AlamB-Tech HonorsEngineer
Shakila AnjumMasters in English Literature, M.ED (Teacher Education)Education Specialist

Name of Auditor of Company: KPMG

Media:  National and International Award recognition, if any

  • Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy 2011
  • Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Global Leadership Award 2009
  • Dubai International Award for Best Practices 2008
  • National Energy Globe Award 2008
  • World Habitat Award in 2006
  • The Alcan Prize for Sustainability 2005 

Membership of industry associations and trade bodies, if any

  • Basin South Asia;
  • Partnership for Clean Indoor Air;
  • Sindh Coastal Area Network.

Last Date on which website was updated: 26/02/2020