What We Do

Nearly half of the world’s population — more than 3.5 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 700 million people live in extreme poverty (less than USD $1.90 a day), the majority of whom are in Africa and Asia.

Aga Khan Foundation Canada tackles the root causes of this poverty through a holistic and interconnected set of programs. These initiatives address people’s most pressing needs and enable them to unlock their full potential, with a particular focus on marginalized groups like women and girls.

Our programs aim to ensure access to high quality education and health care, ensure food security, improve economic well-being, and develop resilient communities and societies.

Protected: Educating for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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From the first class: Meet Najmiya

Meet Najmiya, who graduated from the School of Arts and Sciences this year at the University of Central Asia.

The first class: Making history at the University of Central Asia

As we celebrate the class of 2021, we caught up with Shabana Manji, UCA’s Senior Manager of Student Affairs.

From the first class: Meet Muybalikhon

Meet Muybalikhon, who graduated from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences this year from the University of Central Asia.

From the first class: Meet Murodali

Murodali graduated as part of the class of 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Central Asia.

From the first class: Meet Jyldyz

Jyldyz graduated as part of the class of 2021 from the School of Communications and Media Studies at the University of Central Asia.

Clean energy: Bringing equity to vulnerable communities

Climate change is increasingly seen as the defining human development issue of our time.

But the solutions are out there.

The Adolescent Girls’ Education in Crisis Initiative (AGENCI) 

AGENCI a four-year project to empower adolescent girls and female youth pursuing an education in crisis-affected areas of South Sudan, Syria, and Uganda.

Foundations for Health and Empowerment (F4HE)

Foundations for Health and Empowerment (F4HE) aims to improve the health and wellbeing, and enhance the equitable development and empowerment, of women, girls, their families, and their communities.