Aga Khan Foundation Canada is a registered Canadian charity (charitable number: 10007 2586 RR0001) with an international Board of Directors and a National Committee. Established in 1980, the Foundation has built a reputation in Canada as an effective development organization, and acts as a catalyst for increasing awareness and understanding of critical global issues.
- AKFC''''''''''''''''s youth and young professional programs provide overseas training and experience to young Canadians.
- In support of its commitment to strengthen human resources and professional capacity in the countries in which it operates, AFKC brings mid-level development practitioners to train in Canada through its International Development Scholarship program.
- AKFC sends Canadian professionals to lend technical assistance to partners in the developing world.
- AKFC fosters links between Canadian universities, hospitals and other similar institutions in the developing world.
- AKFC manages the World Partnership Walk, Canada''''''''''''''''s largest annual event in support of international development. Organized by volunteers in 10 cities across the country on the last Sunday in May, the Walk attracts some 60,000 Canadians as walkers and sponsors as well as 800 corporate participants. AKFC also manages World Partnership Golf, a series of annual golf tournaments held in major cities across the country in the late summer and early fall.
- AKFC disseminates lessons learned from its projects to other development practitioners and policy-makers and promotes greater understanding of global issues.
AKFC supports development initiatives in Eastern Africa and South and Central Asia. "Smart Solutions" programs tap the initiative, entrepreneurship, and resources of poor people in order to develop their capacity to improve the quality of life of their families and communities.
Some major initiatives include: the Pakistan-Canada Social Institutions Development Program; the Aga Khan Rural Support Program in Pakistan; the Tajikistan Institutional Support Program; the Coastal Rural Support Program in Mozambique and the Non-Formal Education Program of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee.
AKFC currently supports more than 25 initiatives, including several school improvement projects carried out with Aga Khan Education Services and primary health care projects implemented with Aga Khan Health Services. Sectors receiving support include microfinance, the improvement of livelihoods and micro-enterprise development as well as rural development, health and education.