AKFC regularly hosts the public at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, a secular facility founded by His Highness the Aga Khan. The building offers a centre for building relationships, enabling quiet diplomacy, and disseminating knowledge and information, while reflecting on the wide-ranging humanistic and humanitarian agenda of AKFC and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). Events are often held in partnership with like-minded organizations or institutions.
The space is not available for rent, but the public can visit the building during scheduled hours for tours. Please see Visit the Delegation for more information.
June 15, 2017 â€“ For Canadaâ€™s 150th anniversary, we celebrate what it means to be Canadian. We focus on what we can do for others and embrace our roles as citizens of the world. As we reflect on the past, we look to the next generation to continue the work thatâ€™s been started.
June 7, 2017 â€“ Fifteen years into the "Global War on Terror," governments continue to struggle to contain the threat of violent extremism.
May 8, 2017 â€“ Are you interested in learning about new ideas and best practices used by Canadian international development organizations in monitoring, evaluation and learning? Many organizations face similar challenges when it comes to monitoring progress, measuring impact, and learning from past experiences.
May 5, 2017 â€“ The field of impact investing â€“ investments intended to generate social and environmental impact along with financial returnâ€”has seen unprecedented growth in the past 10 years. In developing and developed countries alike, impact investing has encouraged disruptive innovation and helped foster a new generation of entrepreneurs committed to resolving key social issues like sustainable agriculture, affordable healthcare, and access to finance.
May 1, 2017 â€“ By the time you finish reading this sentence, a newborn babyâ€™s brain will form thousands of new neural connections. This newbornâ€™s mind and those of the next generation are crucial to the future of our planet, shaping and building what comes next for the global community.
April 27, 2017 â€“ Last year, millions of people left their homes and moved to a new country. Seeking opportunities, seeking refuge, seeking a new future. This year, global forces like poverty, climate change, and conflict will keep driving people across borders. What are their stories? And how will their stories be told?
October 20, 2016 - We have a treasure chest of qualitative methods to draw upon in assessing multiple contributions to social and development goals. These include realist evaluation, contribution analysis, process tracing and participatory learning and action. But weak incentives and poor practice can easily undermine their credibility and cost-effectiveness.
October 19, 2016 - Bank accounts. Credit cards. Loans. For more than two billion people around the world, these basic financial tools are out of reach.
September and October 2016 â€“ Aga Khan Foundation Canada invited participants to join a conversation about Canadaâ€™s role in reducing global poverty. This participatory workshop explored effective solutions to some of the most pressing challenges communities are facing at home and globally. Participants left the workshop with ideas on how they can take action as global citizens.
September 21, 2016 - How do we know what works in development? In crisis or conflict situations, how do we determine the effectiveness of humanitarian interventions?
September 14, 2016 - Participants joined Aga Khan Foundation Canada and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on Wednesday, September 14 to hear from notable global citizens and explore Together: An exhibition on global development. They were inspired by the stories of global citizens who are working to make a difference in their own communities and around the world.
June 4, 2016 - The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat will be open to the public in conjunction with Doors Open Ottawa. Visitors will be invited to take tours of the space while learning about the work of the Aga Khan Development Network, Aga Khan Foundation and Global Centre for Pluralism. Admission is free. Bring your questions, and cameras when you visit us on June 4.
June 9, 2016 - In the summer of 2016, 12 accomplished young Canadians took flight around the globe. They spent eight months putting their energy and skills to use in the developing world, working in fields from microfinance to education to journalism. But before the 2016 International Youth Fellows embarked on their adventures, AKFC was pleased to invite the public to discover the milestones which have marked new chapters in the careers of our past and current fellows.
June 13, 2016 - Randomized controlled trials have long been used in medicine and public health. In recent decades, development economists have adopted this rigorous evaluation methodology to test interventions in many sectors.
May 10, 2016 - â€śScaling-Upâ€ť is one of the biggest challenges in development. Interventions that work well with small populations routinely face challenges in expanding to a larger number of communities. This is particularly true of interventions that have unpredictable trajectories of change such as participatory and community-based interventions. Such projects hinge upon their adaptive capacity â€”the ability to be nimble, to learn by doing, and to make mid-course corrections in management and designâ€”in order to be effective.
April 12, 2016 - In the age of the Silk Road, Central Asia and Afghanistan came to prominence by facilitating global trade between China and the Mediterranean. Today, the fortunes of the region are still tied to global trends, but these are taking an increasingly negative turn.
April 28, 2016 - Participants joined Aga Khan Foundation Canada and the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation on Thursday, April 28 for the launch of the 2016 tour of Together: An exhibition on global development.
March 22, 2016 â€“ Rapid innovations in digital technology have the potential to profoundly affect the lives of billions of people, through better access to digital devices and the Internet. Increased connectivity is sparking new opportunities for inclusion, efficiency, and innovation, but the broader benefits of the digital revolution may still be on the horizon.
February 25, 2016 - The World Food Programme (WFP) is the worldâ€™s largest humanitarian organization, reaching 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year. WFP operates in many countries, such as Syria, that are involved in complex, protracted crisis.
April 13 & 14, 2016 - Across the world, universities play an integral role in the social, economic, political and cultural life of countries. They foster future leaders and professionals. Universities are drivers of social and economic development, repositories of cultural heritage, research centres for expanding human knowledge, and innovation hubs. They are institutions that enable countries to participate in global conversations on the most pressing issues facing our world.
February 24, 2016 - Harnessing the culture and history of a region can be a powerful driver of development and progress â€“ but protecting and restoring historic sites and artefacts continues to be challenging in unstable and vulnerable parts of the developing world.
February 4, 2016 - Measuring the true impact of social policies and programs is a significant challenge for the development sector. Over the last decade, researchers and policymakers have increasingly used Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) to measure the impact of development programs to understand if a program is achieving its intended results (see for instance a recent article in the Economist).