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.

Explore our current and recently completed programs below.

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


Jump to:
Current Programs | Recently Closed | Program Expenses

Current Programs


2022 – 2027

International Development Education and Awareness (IDEA)

Location: Canada 

Reach: 5,000 educators and 1,360,000 youth 

Budget: $6.1 million CAD (Global Affairs Canada: $5.8 million; AKFC: $300,000) 

Amina runs a handicraft business in northern Pakistan that employs 15 local women. Photo credit: Danial Shah / AKFC

2021 – 2026

Broadening Economic & Social Transformation for Women’s Economic Empowerment & Recovery (BEST4WEER)

Location: Pakistan 

Reach: 566,097 people, including 494,856 women and adolescent girls 

Budget: $20.16 million (Global Affairs Canada: $17.41 million, AKFC: $2.75 million) 

A solar panel outside a village house in Pemba, Mozambique.

2021 – 2023

Accelerating Women Climate Entrepreneurs (AWCE)

Location: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi, Ghana, Nigeria

Reach: 6,325 people (2,742 women)

Budget: $2.1 million (Global Affairs Canada: $2 million; ANDE, WUSC, and AKFC: $100,000) 

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

2020 – 2027

Foundations for Education and Empowerment (F4EE)

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)


2020 – 2027

Foundations for Health and Empowerment (F4HE)

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) 


2019 – 2024

Adolescent Girls’ Education in Crisis Initiative (AGENCI)

Location: Uganda, South Sudan, Syria 

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

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


2018 – 2023

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

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)

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.

2018 – 2023

Integrated Newborn Care Kit (iNCK)

Location: Afghanistan, Pakistan

Reach: 37,000 pregnant women

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

Recently Closed


2021 – 2022

Educating for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Location: Canada

Reach: 200 educators and 10,000 students

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

Photo credit: AKU

2020 – 2022

COVID-19 Innovation and Research Project (CIRP)

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

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

Budget: $800,000 (IDRC: $654,000; AKFC: $146,000)  


2017 – 2022

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

Location: Kenya

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

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

03.Scaling_up_Affordable (MECP)

2018 – 2021

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

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)

Photo credit: AKU

2018 – 2021


Location:  Afghanistan, Pakistan

Reach: 23,275 children

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

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

2018 – 2019

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

Location: Global

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

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


2017 – 2020

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

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)


2017 – 2021

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

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)

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

2016 – 2020

Afghanistan Women’s Empowerment Program (AWEP)

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)


2015 – 2021

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

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)

Aswan Skills Development Programme.

2015 – 2022

Aswan Skills Development Program (ASDP)

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)

View of Bouda - 01

2015 – 2020

Health Action Plan For Afghanistan (HAPA)

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)

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

2015 – 2019

Aga Khan Development Network Comprehensive Sanitation Initiative

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)


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)


East African Dialogue Series

Duration: 2014-2017

Location: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

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

Budget: $350,000 (AKFC: $150,000; International Development Research Centre: $150,000; Ford Foundation: $50,000)

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)

Program Expenses


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