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AKDN | Enterprise Development

… the harnessing of social ethic to economic purpose enables you to do things which you could never do otherwise because what you’re talking about is a double dividend. You’re talking about a reasonable dividend on the investment and you are talking about a reasonable dividend in social development.

His Highness the Aga Khan, London, October 2012


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.


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