The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network is implementing a multisector area development programme in Uttar Pradesh (UP) to improve the quality of life of poor and marginalised groups. The programme is located in Bahraich District, one of the poorest districts in UP, with expansion planned to neighbouring areas over time. Bahraich District has a predominantly agricultural economy and low development indicators reflect its endemic poverty. The programme aims to improve livelihoods, education, health and sanitation conditions of rural communities. It creates community-based institutions and helps community members to plan and implement solutions to their own development problems.