Current programme countries: Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan.
AKF strengthens institutions and mechanisms at the community level. AKF’s community-driven approach to development actors in order to better understand and address a range of opportunities and challenges—from health and education, to women’s rights and natural resource management. AKF does this through community platforms such as community development councils in Afghanistan, village development organisations in Mozambique, mahalla committees in Tajikistan, and village and women’s organisations in Pakistan. AKF’s methods empower communities to diverge from traditional elite participation to include youth and women leaders and to use transparent decision-making processes.
Peace and community resilience
AKF’s multi-sectoral and community-driven development approach fosters peacebuilding, conflict resolution and social cohesion at the local level. In Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Mozambique, AKF’s programmes are helping communities to understand the key drivers of conflict, often related to inequality, inter-ethnic issues, social exclusion, land and natural resource management, poverty, climate change and unemployment. Working closely with community leaders, local government structures, women and youth, our interventions enable inclusive and transparent decision-making process and build systems, grievance mechanisms, and mediation and conflict resolution techniques to address the conflict.
AKF also supports local civil society entities to engage in grassroots community philanthropy. Civil society organisations such as community development councils in Afghanistan and school management committees across East Africa can raise - and act as stewards - of local funding collected for development initiatives.
AKF works in many places that have strong norms and traditions around the roles of women and men, and where gender inequalities continue to hinder development. In these contexts, it is critical to address gender inequality both indirectly and directly, but to do so in ways that are community-led and responsive to community needs and values. To achieve this, AKF works with both women and men, girls and boys, to understand and address the underlying beliefs and practices that create and reinforce gender inequalities; to empower the disadvantaged, whether male or female, to develop confidence and skills and take control over their lives; and to create institutions that facilitate an environment that is supportive to gender equality.