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. We bring together human, financial, and technical resources to some of the poorest and most marginalized communities, with an emphasis on women and girls, investing in human potential, expanding opportunity, and improving quality of life.

Making the most of a ‘lost year’: Volunteer Inaara Jivraj reflects on a year of working and learning from home

As a long-time volunteer for AKFC, Inaara is a prime example of driven and ambitious youth who look to the future with optimism and hope.

Learning During A Pandemic

We helped governments create resources and toolkits to help students continue learning beyond the classroom.

Clean energy: Bringing equity to vulnerable communities

AKFC hosted a panel to discuss the role clean energy can play in bringing equity to vulnerable communities.

Educating for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Educating for the SDGs, funded by the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program, is a one-year initiative to support Canadian educators working on issues of global citizenship.

Teeko+

Teeko is a mobile Android application (App) and web portal that assists government administrators to track and monitor vaccinators and immunization coverage.

Foundations for Education and Empowerment (F4EE)

F4EE aims to improve educational systems at the pre-primary and primary levels.

Building better and greener: How one volunteer is helping the AKDN reach its net-zero carbon target

Volunteer Ashak Nathwani is using his expertise in sustainable design and engineering to help the AKDN build a more sustainable world.

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.