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Accelerate Prosperity: Enabling young entrepreneurs in emerging regions

Accelerate Prosperity, a global initiative in Central and South Asia, promotes entrepreneurship with an emphas...

AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer

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Economic development in India

In the Dangs district of Gujarat, India, Raju Bhai took part in an entrepreneurship programme supported by AKF...

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Economic development in Afghanistan

In 2017, more than 1,100 young men and women (78 percent women) in rural Afghanistan received market-driven vo...

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Creating hope in Kenya

Recognising the need for education and training, AKF is working with leading youth organisations and schools t...

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Economic development in Kyrgyz Republic

After receiving business training and a seed grant from AKF's USAID-funded Youth Skills Programme, Temirlan wa...

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AKDN | Enterprise Development

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180

Accelerate Prosperity has invested in over 180 enterprises.

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DAIRY FIRM LEVERAGES $140K INVESTMENT TO SOURCE FROM UP TO 1,000 FARMERS

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55,000

The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development’s project companies employ 55,000 people.

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Contribution to Africa's development over 100 years

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255,000

Since 2002, 255,000 female entrepreneurs have used AKDN’s microfinance services.

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Makhfirat Abdullaeva: Tajik mother and doctor turned entrepreneur

I have come to the conclusion that there is no greater form of preparation for change than education. I also think that there is no better investment that the individual, parents, and the nation can make than an investment in education of the highest possible quality.

His Highness the Aga Khan
Osh, October 2002

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Focused on Enterprise Development

After completing vocational courses and training at UCA, Alijon (far right) began developing his welding shop in Khorog.  He sees opportunities for expanding the business in ways that could help develop the local economy.

After completing vocational courses and training at UCA, Alijon (far right) began developing his welding shop in Khorog.  He sees opportunities for expanding the business in ways that could help develop the local economy.

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AKDN works across the spectrum of enterprise development, whether assisting poultry farmers in Afghanistan or creating large-scale hydroelectric plants in Uganda that provide half the nation’s electricity. We are guided by decades of experience in husbanding companies and institutions. We have nurtured several from their inception as small entities to achieving a stock exchange listing.


AKDN also works to build many of the characteristics of healthy, robust economies, including employable skills, support for small- and medium-sized companies, and savings and credit programmes that increase financial inclusion.


The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), for example, puts into place the means to bring prosperity to a region. It builds roads, bridges and markets, and invests in infrastructure and connectivity solutions to enable globally connected remote working.


AKF educates youth in 21st-century skills and creates coalitions of employers who source and invest in young workers from disadvantaged backgrounds, readying the next generation for future-facing careers.


The Accelerate Prosperity programme in Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan is a joint initiative of AKF and the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development’s (AKFED) Industrial Promotion Services. It promotes entrepreneurship, placing emphasis on women and youth entrepreneurship, and the growth of start-up and early-stage businesses. It offers coaching, networking, mentoring, finance and market connections to help businesses take off. It also provides skills development in vocational and technical trades. Find out more about Accelerate Prosperity.


The University of Central Asia (UCA) has established entrepreneurship centres in Khorog and Naryn. Tailored to local needs, the Centres offer entrepreneurship training, mentoring, workspaces, networking opportunities and access to finance.


Instead of young people worrying about being hired, NCE will help them create jobs.

Jomart Hudaibergenov, Manager, Naryn Centre for Entrepreneurship

Where We Work

Enterprise Development