Aga Khan Development Network
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of ten private, international, non-denominational agencies and two universities working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in some of the poorest parts of the developing world - in Central and South Asia, East and West Africa, as well as certain countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Globally, AKDN employs approximately 80,000 people, the vast majority of whom are local or national staff.
In Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan, AKDN works with national governments and other international partners to support cultural, economic, and social development, helps to build strong national and regional institutions, and makes long-term investments in key sectors that are critical for sustained economic and social development.
AKDN targets the most isolated areas and vulnerable communities, with a focus on the mountainous areas of Afghan Badakhshan, Tajik Gorno-Badakhshan and Pakistani Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. Through an integrated, multi-sector strategy AKDN invests in education, energy, health, infrastructure, and market services, opening up opportunities for economic and social development.
All the projects undertaken with the PATRIP Foundation are chosen with community group, local institution and government support.
PATRIP Programme Overview
AKDN's PATRIP Foundation projects:
i) link communities to economic and social development opportunities through the construction of infrastructure, including energy, bridges and roads;
ii) safeguard communities and agricultural livelihoods by constructing critical riverbank stabilisation; and
iii) support cross-border exchange. Cross-border bridges between Afghanistan and Tajikistan will link more than 60,000 beneficiaries to new development opportunities and provide improved access to services. Riverbank stabilisation projects protecting villages from flooding and reclaim more than 400 hectares of land for cultivation.
The process of selecting, reviewing, designing, constructing and maintaining the projects in consultation with local governments also builds trust between border communities, creates links between officials and constituencies, facilitates trade and the development of new business opportunities, and helps to develop and expand market opportunities and licit livelihoods. The following areas are examples of PATRIP's contribution to development in cross-border areas.
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