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.

When awareness spreads faster than the virus

Health leaders in northern Pakistan are using homegrown solutions to educate rural communities about COVID-19.

An interview with Onno Ruhl, General Manager of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat

Onno Ruhl is the first General Manager of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), created in 2016 to address the increasing threat posed by natural disasters and climate change.

A message from Aswan’s young entrepreneurs for World Environment Day

Aswan, the third biggest city in Egypt, is a busy market and tourist centre on the east bank of the Nile River. But while opportunities exist, there is a large disconnect between training that is available and the skills and products in demand in an Egypt that is both quickly modernizing and grappling with the challenge of climate change.

Development Champions

Development Champions were storytellers who brought their global experiences people from across the country.

The Fellowship for International Development Reporting

The Fellowship for International Development Reporting encouraged journalists to push the boundaries of daily foreign coverage – which is often focused on disaster or crisis – and set new standards for reporting on the developing world.

Dispatch from the Field: Running Water

The International Youth Fellowship program helps young Canadian professional launch careers in development by working for a host organization in Africa or Asia. The program is supported by the Government of Canada and Aga Khan Foundation Canada, through the funds raised by World Partnership Walk and Golf.

Gender and climate change: An interview with Onno Ruhl

Aga Khan Foundation Canada sat down with Onno Ruhl during a visit to Canada to talk about the links between climate change and gender equality.

What does empowering women look like in Afghanistan?

The Afghanistan Women’s Empowerment Program (AWEP) is a four-year project that aims to advance women’s empowerment through increasing the social and economic participation of women in the provinces of Baghlan, Bamyan, and Takhar.

Leading the charge

Elaha Elham feels very lucky to have become a nurse. The first female in her family to complete her education,