Civil Society

A strong, vibrant civil society is crucial for long-term, locally driven development. Civil society is when citizens come together to express their shared values and interests and take action for the public good. We support diverse and active civil society at all levels, from school committees in rural villages to world-class research institutes in urban hubs.

Sowing the seeds of potential

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life, it is said, sets the stage for all future growth.

Enhancing Employability And Leadership For Youth (EELY)

Duration: 2011-2017 Location: Pakistan Budget: $19 million (Global Affairs Canada: $16 million; AKFC: $3 million) Description: The Enhancing Employability and

Partnership For Advancing Human Development In Africa And Asia (PAHDAA)

Duration: 2012-2018 Location: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Canada, Egypt, India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Budget:

Improving Early Child Development and Wellbeing in Refugee and Marginalized Communities

Duration: 2017-2020 Location: Kenya Budget: $2 million (International Development Research Centre: $1 million; AKFC: $1 million) Description: Collaboratively led by the

It takes a village

We were all once children. We were all once young, full of hope and potential.

We are there

For vulnerable communities in remote, high mountain valleys across Central Asia, lives are changing.

Dispatch from the field: Don’t hit hard, hit home – A lesson in journalism from Kenya

I found Jesca Ciahcabi sitting beneath the shade of a crispy, brown banana tree. I reached for a handshake, but instead she hugged me. We were in Ndiruni, a small village roughly three hours northeast of Nairobi.

Dispatch from the field: The complexities of reporting in Kenya

It was a straightforward story of exploitation. The people of the fragile Tana Delta, still recovering from tribal violence that claimed over 100 lives in September, were facing an assault on their treasured land by big business – in this case, a Canadian corporation planning a massive biofuel plantation in the region.

These keys unlock five things you take for granted

These are the keys to a lockbox where 12 members of a savings group in Mozambique are investing their earnings. With the return on their investments, they have been able to make basic improvements to their homes, like a freezer, an oven, a table and chairs, bowls and plates, and a roof that doesn’t leak.