The improvement of human habitats has been a central concern for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and its institutional predecessors for over 100 years. Central to that concern has been the quality and safety of housing. Several agencies therefore work to address different aspects of the habitat, from helping communities mitigate the risk of natural disasters to the creation of filtration systems that ensure water is safe to drink.
The Network addresses many aspects of the habitat that have direct bearing on the quality of life in general. The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, for example, has created over 70 small-scale, affordable interventions that range from smoke-free stoves to inexpensive insulation systems. Since 1977, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture has been working to influence the design of buildings and public spaces by promoting excellence, sustainability and human scale.More
Other AKDN programmes have planted 120 million trees for fuel wood and construction materials, installed sanitation and drinking water systems, and built hydroelectric plants and electricity lines in rural areas. Although each has a separate mandate, the activities are designed to have a sustained impact on the continuum of development in any given area.