Economic Development and Livelihoods


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.


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