Our Programs

For nearly four decades, we have partnered with the Government of Canada, Canadian institutions, and individual Canadians on hundreds of programs to tackle the root causes of poverty and inequality.

We undertake these efforts with the generous support of tens of thousands of individual Canadians and Canada’s private sector through World Partnership Walk and World Partnership Golf. Funds raised through these initiatives go directly to support our programs.

Together, we have improved quality of life for millions of people across Africa and Asia. We have also engaged Canadians on critical global issues and provided meaningful opportunities for individuals and institutions to contribute to Canada’s development priorities.

We invest funds from Canada and Canadians in our work overseas – leveraging the $1 billion annually that the wider Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) devotes to promote development in Africa and Asia. We also draw on the expertise and resources of the AKDN, including highly skilled local staff who can deliver programs and help monitor progress to ensure meaningful results and effective use of resources.

See program spending figures for 2019 in the table below.

Explore our current and recently completed programs below. Programs are listed by start date, with newest programs at the top. Our current portfolio of programs reaches more than 4 million people.


Educating for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Duration: 2021-2022

Location: Canada

Budget: $100,000 (Employment and Social Development Canada: $100,000)

Reach: 200 educators and 10,000 students

Caption: Children sing and clap during the Kindergarten One class at Ummul Qura Primary School in Mbuwani, Kwale County, Kenya.

Location: Mbuwani Village, Kwale County, Kenya

Project: SESEA

Institution: AKF

Foundations for Education and Empowerment (F4EE)

Duration: 2020-2025

Location: Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda

Reach: 1.8 million people (952,641 F, 942,391 M)

Budget: $57.6 million (Global Affairs Canada: $49 million, AKFC: $8.6 million)


Foundations for Health and Empowerment (F4HE) 

Duration: 2020-2025 

Location: Afghanistan, India, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan 

Reach: 1.08 million people (612,875F 466,873 M) 

Budget: $67.3 million (Global Affairs Canada: $49 million, AKFC: $18.3 million) 

Istoray sews face masks to meet the growing demand in her community in Baghlan, Afghanistan, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credit: AKFC

COVID-19 Innovation and Research Project (CIRP)

Duration: 2020 – 2022  

Location: Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Syria, Kenya, Tanzania  

Budget: $800,000 (International Development Research Centre (IDRC): $654,000; AKFC: $146,000)  

Reach: 5,390 (2,672 F, 2,718 M) users are anticipated to participate in the research studies.  


The Adolescent Girls’ Education in Crisis Initiative (AGENCI) 

Duration: 2019-2024 

Location: Uganda, South Sudan, Syria 

Budget: $17.1 million (Global Affairs Canada: $15,987,691; AKFC: $756,000; World University Service of Canada: $433,340)

Reach: 148,218 adolescent girls and female youth aged 10-24 

Photo credit: AKU


Duration:  2018-2021

Location:  Afghanistan, Pakistan

Reach: 23,275 children

Budget: $999,104 (GCC: $499,123; AKFC: $499,981)


Strengthening Partnerships to Advance Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Adolescents in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique (SPARC)

Duration: 2018-2023

Location: Mozambique

Reach: 449,500 people (234,600 women and adolescent girls; 214,900 men and adolescent boys)

Budget: $21.9 million (Global Affairs Canada: $18.9 million; AKFC: $3 million)

The CT Scanner, donated by CIDA in action at the Regional Diagnostic Unit, Khorog with CT technician, Muqairsho Gadomamadov (L)

Assessment of Different Implementation Models of Health and Health-related Sustainable Development Goals (IM-SDG)

Duration: 2018-2019

Location: Global

Reach: This is a research project with no direct beneficiaries.

Budget: $560,000 (International Development Research Centre: $280,000; AKFC: $280,000)

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Scaling Up Affordable, Quality, and Contextually Relevant Preschool Provision in Kenya (MECP)

Duration: 2018-2021

Location: Kenya

Reach: 10,000 children aged 4 to 6 (5,000 girls and 5,000 boys)

Budget: $2 million (Grand Challenges Canada: $1 million; AKFC: $1 million)

Kiran Ejaz, a schoolteacher from Sultanabad, had her first born Yazdan in GMC. Her local area does not offer quality health facilities hence she travelled to Gilgit Medical Center. Pleased with the services at GMC. “The staff here is cooperative and made me feel at home,” said Kiran.

Integrated Newborn Care Kit (iNCK)

Duration: 2018-2023

Location: Afghanistan, Pakistan

Reach: 37,000 pregnant women

Budget: $2 million (Grand Challenges Canada: $1 million; AKFC: $1 million)


Improving Access to Maternal and Newborn Health in Mwanza, Tanzania (IMPACT)

Duration: 2017-2021

Location: Tanzania

Reach: 502,650 women, 150,800 adolescent girls and 83,600 infants (50% girls)

Budget: $14.7 million (Global Affairs Canada: $12 million; AKFC: $2.7 million)


Improving Early Child Development and Wellbeing in Refugee and Marginalized Communities (CDMC)

Duration: 2017-2022

Location: Kenya

Reach: This is a research project with no direct beneficiaries.

Budget: $2 million (International Development Research Centre: $1 million; AKFC: $1 million)


Pathways to Innovation: Strengthening Mathematics, Science, and Economic Policy Capacity in Afghanistan and Central Asia (P2I)

Duration: 2017-2020

Location: Afghanistan, Tajikistan

Reach: 51,175 people

Budget:  $2.2 million (International Development Research Centre: $1.5 million; AKFC: $500,000; Ministry of Finance, Afghanistan: $200,000)

BAMIAN | AFGHANISTAN | 9/7/18 | Band-e-Amir National Park, Bamian Province

Afghanistan Women’s Empowerment Program (AWEP)

Duration: 2016-2020

Location: Afghanistan

Reach: 235,100 people (213,050 women; 22,050 men)

Budget: $12 million (Global Affairs Canada: $10.5 million; AKFC: $1.5 million)


Access to Quality Care Through Extending and Strengthening Health Systems (AQCESS)

Duration: 2015-2021

Location: Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan

Reach: 1.7 million people (998,500 women and girls; 601,500 men and boys)

Budget: $30.5 million (Global Affairs Canada: $25.1 million; AKFC: $5.4 million)

Community drinking water scheme stand-post - Ajitpur, Paswan tol

Aga Khan Development Network Comprehensive Sanitation Initiative

Duration: 2015-2019

Location: India

Reach: 101,100 households and 528 schools

Budget: $44.2 million (Government of India: $16.9 million; other donors: $14.3 million; community contributions: $7.8 million; AKF-USA: $2.6 million; AKFC: $2.6 million)


Aswan Skills Development Program  (ASDP)

Duration: 2015-2020

Location: Egypt

Reach: 6,000 (2,400 women and 3,600 men)

Budget: $12.5 million (Global Affairs Canada: $10.6 million; AKFC: $1.9 million)

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Health Action Plan For Afghanistan (HAPA)

Duration: 2015-2020

Location: Afghanistan

Reach: 1.26 million (619,250 women and girls; 640,750 men and boys)

Budget: $75.2 million (Global Affairs Canada: $55 million; Agence française de développement: $13.2 million; AKFC: $7 million)

Child development and family interaction is taught at the Family Resource centre in Kashka-Suu so families come home and make toys, play and spend quality time with their kids. 

Father - Kurbanaliev Abutalip  
Mother- Melis kyzy Sanabar  
Daughter - Ismanalieva Ayana born  2010
Son - Ismanaliev Nursamit born  2012
Baby - Ismanaliev Nursalih  born  2014

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

Reach: 2.3 million people (1.3 million women and girls; 1 million men and boys)

Budget: $100 million (Global Affairs Canada: $75 million; AKFC: $25 million)

Aftar Gul is giving multiplication sessions to the youth of Garam Chashma. She attended one month training of Young Community Leadership Development Program (YCLDP) and volunteers to train youth of her community. Through the trainings, she wants to reactivate local youth organizations in the village.

Enhancing Employability And Leadership For Youth (EELY)

Duration: 2011-2017

Location: Pakistan

Reach: 252,000 people (114,200 women and 137,800 men)

Budget: $19 million (Global Affairs Canada: $16 million; AKFC: $3 million)


Projet d’amélioration de l’accès à des services éducatifs de qualité  (PASEQ)

Duration: 2014-2017

Location: Mali

Reach: 160,500 people (16,200 children and 144,300 parents and adults)

Budget: $5.3 million (Global Affairs Canada: $4.5 million; AKFC: $800,000)

Aga Khan Foundation Canada- Program Expenses 2019

*Amount in Canadian Dollars

Program/   Project Start Date End Date Total Project   Value 2019 Annual   Expenditure
Partnership for Advancing Human Development in Africa and Asia   (PAHDAA) 08-Jun-12 31-Mar-19 99,750,000 18,400
Aswan Skills Development Program in Egypt (ASDP) 24-Apr-15 30-Jun-20 10,300,675 2,468,926
Health Action Plan for Afghanistan (HAPA) 22-Dec-15 30-Jun-21 75,222,582 11,875,645
Access to Quality Care through Extending and Strengthening   Health Systems in Pakistan, Kenya, Mali and Mozambique (AQCESS) 30-Mar-16 31-Mar-21 30,527,656 8,738,629
Afghanistan Women's Empowerment Program (AWEP) 30-Mar-16 30-Jun-21 11,970,310 2,807,402
Improving Access to Maternal and Newborn Health in Mwanza,   Tanzania (IMPACT) 12-Jan-17 31-Mar-21 14,678,571 4,624,822
Pathways to Innovation in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan   (P2i) 01-Mar-17 30-Nov-20 2,223,778 751,609
Ta'ziz - A Multi-Region Multi-Year Humanitarian Response Program   in Syria 11-Jan-17 31-Dec-19 7,000,000 2,931,244
Assessment and Development of Implementation Models of   Health-Related Sustainable Development Goals (IM-SDG) 01-Apr-18 30-Jun-20 560,000 259,184
Increasing the Scale and Sustainability of the Madrasa Early   Childhood Development Program 01-Jul-18 30-Jun-21 1,000,002 379,689
Improving Early Childhood Development and Well-Being in Refugee   and Other Marginalized Communities in Kenya 27-Mar-17 30-Jun-21 1,012,408 322,631
Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and   Adolescents in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique (SPARC) 01-Oct-18 30-Sep-23 21,935,000 1,887,372
Using Educational Technology to Develop Essential Educational   Competencies in Sub-Saharan Africa 01-Apr-17 31-Mar-24 254,000 -
Teeko: mHealth Immunization App (eMNCH Care) 01-Dec-18 31-Dec-20 499,981 325,183
Program Implementation Support for AKF programs in Afghanistan   and Kyrgyzstan 01-Jan-14 31-Dec-21 10,732,000 1,573,668
AKDN Comprehensive Sanitation Initiative in India 01-Jan-15 30-Jun-20 2,585,232 281,216
Qualified Donee Grants 01-Jan-19 31-Dec-19 47,754,852 47,754,852
Other [Canadian expenses] 01-Jan-19 31-Dec-19 1,057,806 1,057,806
TOTAL 339,064,853 88,058,276