Reducing poverty in remote, resource-poor or degraded environments is central to AKFC’s rural development programs. At the heart of this strategy are village development organizations, which AKFC supports in identifying development priorities, mobilizing local resources and implementing village development plans. This approach began more than 30 years ago as an experiment in the isolated valleys of northern Pakistan - the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme - which was rooted in a simple but potent idea: social mobilization. It has since helped transform the lives of more than a million men and women and is now used as a model around the world, from the coastal villages of northern Mozambique to the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan.
These are the keys to a lockbox where 12 members of a savings group in Mozambique are investing their earnings. With the return on their investments, they have been able to make basic improvements to their homes, like a freezer, an oven, a table and chairs, bowls and plates, and a roof that doesn’t leak.
We depend on electricity to power our hospitals, to cook our food, to heat our schools, and to run our businesses and industries. Yet, 1.2 billion people, almost one-quarter of humanity, are living without electricity today – mostly in remote, resource-poor regions of the world.
Access to electricity is a key stepping stone in overcoming poverty in rural communities.
The darkened shed smells of straw and musty wood, thin shafts of light falling between gaps in the corrugated metal walls. Nestled in the palm of my hand is a pink, hairless creature, feather-light and warm to the touch. Its eyes still squeezed shut, this baby rabbit is just one hour old. This is not your typical African safari.
Our colleague Rosemary visited an urban farm in Nairobi earlier this year. Read the rest of her dispatch from the field.
Investing in youth is a key factor in breaking the cycle of poverty, because youth who are trained and well educated are more employable and therefore better able to contribute to overall economic and social development. AKFC – with the support of Global Affairs Canada – works with local partners to help young people develop the work and leadership skills they need to become active, contributing members of their communities.
For most Canadians, a healthy, delicious meal is only as far away as the grocery store. But for millions of people around the world, food security is a daily challenge. With the support of AKFC and the Government of Canada, communities in one of Mozambique’s poorest provinces are taking control of their food security.
In Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province, nearly two-thirds of the population lives in poverty. Through a multi-pronged effort, the Aga Khan Foundation is working to enhance food security and incomes for tens of thousands of households. It aims to strengthen agriculture and entrepreneurship, improve nutrition, and enhance community savings, while equipping local organizations to sustain progress.