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 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty (less than $1.25 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.

Local partners: global citizens

Over the past five years, an unprecedented partnership with the Government of Canada enabled AKFC to collaborate with over 80 institutions to engage, inform, and inspire Canadians.

Together: An exhibition on global development

The award-winning Together exhibition criss-crossed the country between 2015-2017, visiting all ten provinces and Canada’s North.

A home away from home

In Bamyan, Afghanistan, a Canadian-supported dormitory has become a powerful tool for breaking down significant barriers to education for young women and girls.

80,000 reasons to be inspired

I have read every card. Every card that was left in AKFC’s award-winning Together exhibition on our visitors’ hopes and dreams for a better world.

Dispatch from the field: It takes a village

Elizabeth Kuroyedov is part of the 2017-2018 cohort of the International Youth Fellowship Program. She is currently placed with Aga Khan Rural Support Program India (AKRSPI).

It takes a village

We were all once children. We were all once young, full of hope and potential.

Dispatch from the field: Lighting the path for change

Eve Johnson was part of the 2016-2017 cohort of the International Youth Fellowship Program. She was placed with Pamir Energy, an energy company opened in 2002 which has since restored 11 small hydro power plants and upgraded 4300km of old transmission and distribution facilities in East Tajikistan.

Dispatch from the field: Kettles and cameras in Karasu, Kyrgyzstan

Rachel Mather was part of the 2016-2017 cohort of the International Youth Fellowship Program. She was placed with First Micro Credit Company in Osh, Kyrgyz Republic.

Dispatch from the field: Finding inspiration from your office

Emma Bell-Scollan was part of the 2016-2017 cohort of the International Youth Fellowship Program. She was placed with the University