The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) began working in Afghanistan in 1996 when it started distributing food aid during the country’s civil war. The Network's integrated approach combines economic, social and cultural inputs. Its economic projects span over 240 cities and towns in the country’s 34 provinces. Its social development and humanitarian work is focused in many districts in eight provinces, impacting over 4 million people. Its cultural programmes, which operate in Kabul, Herat, Balkh and Badakhshan, have restored over 150 historic sites.