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.

Leveraging the power of the world’s most popular sport

In rural Uganda, a group of dedicated teachers are leveraging the power of the world’s most popular sport transform their school.

Afghanistan Crisis Humanitarian Response (ACHR)

This program aims to improve access to life-saving health, nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene services to vulnerable populations across four provinces in Afghanistan.

One tune-up at a time: Meet some young trailblazers in northern Uganda

A wrench, a tire pump, a jug of motor oil. In northern Uganda, these are tools for women’s empowerment. In

Muhammad delivering a workshop centered around peer-to-peer exchange networking at the event.

From the ground up: A Canadian’s perspective on the importance of grassroots work and gender equality

“The first piece of advice I was given was ‘Respect the relationships and networks we have built.’” With a background

Dispatch from the field: At the halfway point

Sophia Kara is currently working as a Health Systems Strengthening and Climate Action Fellow at the Aga Khan Health Services

Threads of empowerment: How one woman is supporting economic livelihoods in rural Pakistan

For many women in Pakistan, their participation in the labour force is limited. But thanks to women like Sifat, this is slowly changing.

Dispatch from the field: Moments from Kisumu

Living in Kisumu, I was exposed to community and love in ways I never anticipated. As a Clinical Support Fellow,

Running in the family: Shaping generations of learners in East Africa

From 3-year-old Mariam to 21-year-old Ali, all of Mealii’s children attended their local pre-primary school in rural Kenya.

Beyond the conflict: How education is unlocking hope in Syria

Globally, an estimated 222 million children and youth living in situations affected by conflict do not have access to education