In Pakistan, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, in partnership with the Government of Punjab and the World …

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Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme



AKTC’s projects span 12 countries.



We have worked on 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites.



We have received 20 awards for our work.

Conservation work at the Amir Aqsunqur Funerary Complex (Blue Mosque), Cairo, Egypt.


For three decades, AKHCP has tested, revised and refined its approach on over 350 restoration and conservation projects in 10 countries, including 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Programme has created 10 major parks and gardens that have been visited by tens of millions of people. It has shown that investments in culture can help create sustainable development – even in the most fragile and difficult contexts. Culture can have a lasting, positive impact in shaping people’s lives, identities, and their aspirations, while promoting models that will sustain these improvements.

Our projects have demonstrated a positive impact well beyond conservation. They promote good governance, the growth of civil society, a rise in incomes and economic opportunities, greater respect for human rights and better stewardship of the environment, even in the poorest and most remote areas of the globe.