Reference Work Entry

International Encyclopedia of Civil Society

pp 18-19

Aga Khan Foundation

  • Mahtab AhmadAffiliated withRRDP/SERD, Asian Institute of Technology
  • , Mokbul Morshed AhmadAffiliated withRRDP/SERD, Asian Institute of Technology

Address of Organization

1-3 avenue de la Paix 1202 Geneva Case Postale 2369 1211 Geneva 2 Switzerland www.​akdn.​org


The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is one of the largest international nongovernmental organizations with outreach in 16 countries. The organization with more than 3,000 staff is now busy doing profitable and nonprofit activities from North to South.

Brief History

The AKF was founded in 1967 in Geneva by the Prince Karim “Aga Khan” to work for the development of marginalized areas in the developing world. As part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), AKF is a “private, not-for-profit, non-denominational, development agency” (AKF, 2008), and due to the visionary chairpersonship, the Foundation is now widely accepted as a development and philanthropic organization.


AKF was established to turn various international development agencies to the poorest parts of the world (Ebrahim, 2002). ...

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