The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private non-for profit international development agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which brings together a number of profit and non-for profit agencies that work primarily to improve livelihoods and the quality of life of vulnerable populations, mainly in Asia and Africa, irrespective of their race, religion, ethnicity or gender. Each agency carries out its own mandate and all of them work together within the Network so that their different activities interact and mutually strengthen each other. The interventions are designed to add value and critical mass to the economic, social and cultural development of each region, both in rural and urban areas.
In Portugal, the Foundation works in areas such as early childhood development, education, civil society, economic inclusion and seniors with an action-research approach. This methodology seeks to enhance the development of networks, innovative community-driven solutions and models addressing global challenges. The Foundation works through intellectual and financial partnerships within the public and private sectors and with civil society organisations that share the same principles.