Who We Are - AKDN

AKDN | WHO WE ARE

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96,000 employees

Our employees are from all faiths and backgrounds. Most are based in developing countries.

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30+ countries

We work in over 30 countries, mostly in Africa and Asia.

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$1 billion

We channel $1 billion per year into development projects.

Our Founder

His Highness the Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. One manifestation of his hereditary responsibilities has been a deep engagement with development for more than 60 years. Read more


Today, the Aga Khan Development Network embraces many facets and functions. But, if I were trying to sum up in a single word its central objective, I would focus on the word “opportunity”. For what the peoples of the developing world seek above all else is hope for a better future.

His Highness the Aga Khan
Massachussetts, November 2015

Our Partners

AKDN welcomes institutions and individuals throughout the world as partners in the design, implementation and funding of innovative development projects. We also work closely with local, state and national governments in each country in which we are active. See our partners


Our Organisation

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) works in over 30 countries around the world. We currently operate over 1,000 programmes and institutions − many of which date back over 60 years, and some over 100. See the awards our work has won.

We employ approximately 96,000 people, the majority of whom are based in developing countries. Our annual budget for non-profit development activities is approximately US$ 1 billion. Our economic development arm, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, generates annual revenues of US$ 4 billion, but all surpluses generated by its project companies are reinvested in further development activities, usually in fragile, remote or post-conflict regions. Download the organogram

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