The Aga Khan Development network (AKDN) has been working in parts of South Asia for decades. Join us as Matt Reed,  CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) UK provides a briefing on AKDN’s work in Asia, focusing on work in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan with some interesting insights on how AKDN work, partnerships and achievements.  

AKDN has had a presence in Bangladesh since as early as 1955, when Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah directed investments towards what became a thriving jute mill industry. Today, AKDN continues to work in the areas of early childhood development, pre-tertiary education, and financial services. In 2013, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and AKDN agreed to intensify cooperation on improving the quality of life of the people of Bangladesh.

In India, AKDN’s activities span the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. They address a spectrum of development issues ranging from cultural restoration to education, financial inclusion to healthcare, agriculture and environment to civil society strengthening.

AKDN's activities in Pakistan include large-scale rural development; health, education and civil society programmes; microfinance services; major national and international institutions in banking and insurance; the provision of tertiary medical and in-service nursing education at the Aga Khan University in Karachi; services and innovations aimed at improving the built environment, particularly housing design and construction, village planning, natural hazard mitigation, and clean water supply and sanitation; and the restoration of historic forts and landmark buildings in Gilgit-Baltistan and of Mughal era monuments in Lahore.

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