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.

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 is 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.  

COVID-19 Innovation and Research Project (CIRP)

The CIRP is a two-year applied research initiative to identify existing gaps in preparedness and response of health systems.

Dispatch from the field: Why are you here today?

Nadia Mithani was placed at Aga Khan Foundation (India) by the International Youth Fellowship program in 2017, where she helped manage the Menstrual

Looking past the crisis: Khalil Z. Shariff on choosing resilience

“Just as crisis is a fact of human history, so of course is resilience, the ability of human communities to

In A Heartbeat: Breaking Barriers

“When I was pregnant, I used to work full time, even until the ninth month… My husband encouraged me. My

The spark of a brighter future

Programming supported by AKFC and the Government of Canada aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of some of the most vulnerable women and adolescent girls in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique, one of the poorest regions in the world.

In A Heartbeat: Finding Her Voice

“We don’t need to prove that women are strong. Women are already strong. Our mission is to change the perception