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.

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

Teeko+ (TTS4)

Duration:  2022-2024 Location:  Pakistan Reach:  86,980 children; 62,721 women and female youth Budget:  $999,104 (GCC: $499,123; AKFC: $499,981) Teeko is

A collage of headshots from the 2023 International Youth Fellows.

Meet the Fellows of 2023

AKFC’s International Youth Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for young leaders in Canada to bring a global dimension to

Making a buzz about plastic: Meet Patrice in Kenya

Plastic pollution is a pressing global issue, impacting habitats and biodiversity, reducing our planet’s ability to adapt to climate change,

Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Project (AHRP)

Duration: 2023-2024 Location: Afghanistan (Bamyan and Daikundi provinces) Reach: 731 women farmers (5,117 people indirectly reached through increased access to