The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has been active in Syria since 1999, working in six governorates, in the areas of health care, education, microfinance, and cultural and economic development. This experience has enabled the network to provide humanitarian assistance during the recent turmoil.
As soon as war broke out in 2011, AKDN began distributing food and other essentials to vulnerable families in the areas in which it operated. Farmers were also provided with seeds to plant and feed for their cattle. Provisions were made for clean water in villages and early learning centres were set up to help young children retain some sense of normality during the crises.
Today, over 10,000 metric tons of food aid has been delivered, over 1.5 million litres of managed water storage capacity installed, over 4,000 expecting and new mothers provided with essential medicine and natal care, nearly 1,500 children supported with early childhood development services, and over 6,000 crop farmers supported with inputs.
Speaking in London at the conference organised by the Government of the United Kingdom on supporting Syria in February 2016, His Highness the Aga Khan stated that the goal of the AKDN is “peace, stability and reconstruction”. He also committed the Network’s support to the country. “Since the onset of conflict in 2011, AKDN has dedicated US$ 50 million towards these endeavours in Syria and is now committing to increasing this investment to US$ 200 million over the next four years.”