Programs supported by Aga Khan Foundation Canada have the reputation of delivering substantive and lasting results. Assessments of AKFC's programs and initiatives by independent monitors have consistently endorsed the Foundation's work, and AKFC is highly regarded by both donors and its peers in the international development community. An evaluation conducted for the Canadian International Development Agency found that "AKFC likes to take on new challenges and risks and strives for professional results…AKFC is unique in Canada in its ability to 'think big' - to take on new challenges and make them work."
A series of unique evaluations by the World Bank - the first for a non-governmental program - called the performance and achievements of the AKFC-supported Aga Khan Rural Support Program in Pakistan "impressive" and declared that "the AKRSP experience provides a hopeful prospect that rural development can be made to work." In a 2002 report on AKRSP's impact, the World Bank's Operations Evaluation Department gave the program an overall rating of "highly satisfactory," its top technical rating. The report found that AKRSP has "become a model for rural programs throughout the country and across the globe," contributing to increases in rural incomes, helping village organizations to take ownership of local programs, developing long-term and sustainable projects that bring high returns to the community and playing a key role in building social capital. "The achievements have been impressive and, unlike many other donor-funded interventions, sustained," the report added.