Frequently Asked Questions
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.
About World Partnership Walk
What is World Partnership Walk?
An initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, World Partnership Walk is Canada’s largest public movement to fight global poverty. Launched in 1985, the Walk rallies support for development, equips individuals with the information and resources they need to act as informed global citizens, and creates opportunities for Canadians to engage locally. Donations raised through the Walk go directly to support AKFC’s development programs in Africa and Asia.
How can I get involved?
Why should I participate?
By participating in World Partnership Walk you can help Aga Khan Foundation Canada continue its commitment to communities in 15 countries across Asia and Africa where simple yet innovative initiatives are targeting basic needs and empowering citizens. World Partnership Walk is the only national, grassroots event that allows you to contribute directly to programs that give poor communities a chance to become self-sufficient.
How did World Partnership Walk first get started?
"RAIN OR SHINE, WALK WITH YOUR FAMILY, BRING YOUR LUNCH." With that simple refrain, World Partnership Walk took its first strides in 1985, thanks to the verve of a group of volunteers from Vancouver's Ismaili Women's Organization Committee. Driven by a desire to give back to the impoverished countries where they grew up, the group persuaded nearly 1,000 walkers to don their sneakers for the fight against global poverty and raised $55,000. The passion and commitment of these founding members lives on through the thousands of volunteers in 10 cities across Canada who work tirelessly to mobilize their communities.
Where does my donation go?
Donations raised through World Partnership Walk directly support Aga Khan Foundation Canada programs in more than a dozen countries around the world. We are pleased to report that these gifts do not offset fundraising or overhead administration costs. Thanks to the generosity of thousands of Canadians, we can maintain the quality of our work and have greater communal impact.
What is the impact of the dollars raised?
Donations raised through World Partnership Walk go directly to support Aga Khan Foundation Canada development programs in Africa and Asia. These initiatives improve access to quality education and health, increase food security, create economic opportunities for women and men, promote gender equality, support environmental sustainability, and build strong, resilient communities and local institutions necessary to sustain development gains over the long-term.
Is there a registration fee?
There is no registration fee for World Partnership Walk, simply go online and register. Once you complete registration, you will officially become a Walk Ambassador and your fundraising efforts will make a difference in the lives of families across Africa and Asia.
When is the World Partnership Walk?
This year’s World Partnership Walk Virtual Voyage will take place over six weeks, between October 27 and December 6. Participants can get their boarding pass at any point during the journey, as we visit some of the places where your support is currently making a difference. Everyone is invited to join us for the Homecoming Celebration at the end of the campaign to celebrate our joint successes and learn more about the impact your support will have in the communities where Aga Khan Foundation Canada works.
What is the World Partnership Walk Virtual Voyage?
The Walk is inviting people from coast-to-coast on a Virtual Voyage around the world. During this online fundraising campaign, participants will discover how AKFC is working with communities to fight global poverty and stop the spread of COVID-19. The six-week campaign will end with the Homecoming Celebration, a virtual event on December 6.Read More
Are the donations made to the Global Pandemic Relief Fund and the Walk used in the same way? What’s the difference?
Funds donated to the Global Pandemic Relief Fund are used specifically to respond to the effects of COVID-19 in the many communities we serve: providing urgent humanitarian assistance, slowing the virus’s spread, and caring for the sick. While this is important, we continue to be committed to long-term improvements to quality of life in the communities where AKFC operates. Donations to World Partnership Walk allow us to continue the broad, multi-sector work of underwriting transformational change that will help ensure future generations are ready to tackle the world's next great challenges.Read More
I am not comfortable making an online donation. Are there other ways to donate?
- By mailing your payment to AKFC in Ottawa. Cheques and money orders must be made payable to: Aga Khan Foundation Canada
What if my city/community is not listed?
As part of the Virtual Voyage campaign, we invite individuals and teams who live outside of the 10 Walk cities to register through the Walk Anywhere option.Read More
Can I volunteer for World Partnership Walk?
Do I have to walk this year?
This year, instead of embarking on foot to travel Walk routes in 10 cities across the country, all of our supporters across Canada are undertaking a symbolic Walk together. The act of participating in the Virtual Voyage is a way that we can Walk together on the same route, but from the safety of our own homes. We will travel together from country to country, witnessing stories of hope and progress, and sharing those stories with our friends and family – much in the same way we bring our loved ones to Walk Day! And of course, at our Homecoming Celebration on December 6, this symbolic Walk will culminate in an opportunity to gather together to commemorate our achievements.Read More
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.Read More
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.