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World Partnership Walk and COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to change the way we live and work, we want to make sure your World Partnership Walk experience remains safe, fun, and memorable.

While many things have changed, our commitment to building a more peaceful, prosperous, and pluralist world for all remains steadfast. By supporting the work of the Aga Khan Development Network, we are at the forefront of the COVID-19 response to provide urgent humanitarian assistance, slow the virus’s spread, care for the infected, and respond to the broad consequences of the virus across Africa and Asia.

Physical distancing is our reality for the foreseeable future, and so we are reimagining the ways in which we can come together to celebrate our common cause. We have developed an exciting virtual journey with our friends at the Aga Khan Foundation USA this fall, and we hope you’ll join us for this unique trip.

Being physically apart won’t stop us from coming together. Please sign up to fundraise, and join us for this virtual journey… because together, we can step forward to fight against global poverty.

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About Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC)

  • What is Aga Khan Foundation Canada?

    Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is a non-profit international development organization and a registered Canadian charity. AKFC works with Canadians and communities in Africa and Asia to improve quality of life and find lasting solutions to the complex problems causing global poverty. In Canada, AKFC raises funds, builds partnerships with Canadian institutions, and promotes discussion and learning on global issues. AKFC is part of the Aga Khan Development Network, one of the world’s largest development organizations.

  • How does AKFC help communities in Africa and Asia to build better futures?

    Because poverty is complex, AKFC supports local solutions to global challenges with a multifaceted approach. AKFC programs focus on improving education and health care, creating economic opportunities for women and men, cultivating agriculture and food security, and nurturing early childhood development. We promote gender equality in all of our programs, to empower women, girls, and their communities to break down gender barriers and build a more equal world.

    To ensure this progress lasts for the long term, we partner with local governments and institutions, and anchor our programs within the communities we serve.

  • How does AKFC select the countries where it works?

    Effective development takes time, so we focus on countries where we can make long-term investments in strengthening the capacities of communities and institutions to sustain development gains. That focus enables us to draw on the expertise and resources of the wider Aga Khan Development Network, including highly skilled local staff who can deliver programs, monitor progress, and ensure effective results. Currently, AKFC works in 15 countries, with some of the most vulnerable people in Africa and Asia.

  • How does AKFC implement its programs?

    Experienced, local professionals and partner organizations implement AKFC’s overseas programs. These professionals draw on targeted Canadian and global expertise where needed, to build the skills and knowledge that local communities need to sustain improvements over the long term. Independent audits and evaluations ensure accountability and the effective use of resources, as well as help AKFC identify lessons and best practices to strengthen its programs.

  • What is the relationship between the Government of Canada and AKFC?

    AKFC undertakes many of its programs in cooperation with the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada. Like other development organizations that receive funding from the federal government, our programs are subject to rigorous proposal processes, regular audits, and external evaluations. Since 1980, Canada and AKFC have partnered on more than 180 programs to improve global development in 19 countries – improving quality of life for millions of people across Africa and Asia.

  • What does AKFC do in Canada?

    AKFC provides a range of opportunities for Canadians from coast to coast to help unlock opportunity around the world. We hold events – such as exhibitions and interactive workshops – that enable the public to learn about global development. AKFC’s youth fellowship program has launched global careers for 500 promising young Canadian professionals, and our technical assistance programs help strengthen and channel Canadian skills and expertise to support our work overseas. Targeted activities and resources promote learning and exchange within the Canadian development sector, and provide tools for educators to incorporate global issues into their classrooms.

  • How is AKFC responding to COVID-19?

    For 40 years, AKFC’s programs overseas have contributed to a wide range of activities to reduce poverty and build the foundations of resilient communities. This work includes a substantial portfolio of programs which aim to strengthen healthcare systems at the local and regional levels, in Africa and Asia.
    Our activities continue during the current COVID-19 crisis. Our programs have adapted to respond to the evolving needs facing each community where we work. This includes activities to prevent the spread of the virus and provide care for patients (especially the severely and critically ill), as well as education programming to ensure students can continue to learn remotely. Our approach also aims to minimize the pandemic’s effects on communities more broadly, with supports for the vulnerable, social services, and economic activity.
    As part of this response, we are mindful of how the pandemic affects different populations in different ways, particularly women and girls. Our programs are taking a nuanced approach to addressing gender and other social barriers, so that everyone can get the support they need.

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