Aga Khan Development Network

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Year established: 
1967
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The Aga Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) education programs cover a wide spectrum of activities aimed at addressing the full continuum of learning from early childhood development and education through university, including non-formal adult education.  Education activities span the range of family and classroom-focused interventions to national and international policy dialogue. These activities are led by five agencies and institutions, working as a system to strengthen education delivery and outcomes.

The Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) operates over 250 private and community-based schools to provide quality K-12 education to children in remote regions of nine countries in Central and South Asia and East Africa. AKES focuses on girls' education and a large majority of their  schools are in Pakistan. The first school opened in Zanzibar in 1905. 

The Aga Khan University (AKU) provides professional and graduate degree training in medicine, nursing and midwifery, and education from campuses in Karachi, Pakistan (opened in 1980) and Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (opened in 2001). AKU’s Institute for Educational Development offers Master’s and doctorate degrees and certificate training in pedagogy and education management. In addition to providing education, AKU provides support to government systems in several countries.  

The Univeristy of Central Asia (UCA) opened in 2000 and operates schools for professional and continuing education in remote mountainous regions of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. UCA has plans to provide full undergraduate programmes in upcoming years. 

The Aga Khan Academy operates K-12 residential schools in Mombasa, Kenya and Hyderabad, India, with more campuses planned across Africa, South and Central Asia and the Middle East. AKA also operates active professional development programs for teachers and education leader associates in the regions where its schools function and are planned.

The Aga Khan Foundation operates programs across education, health, rural development, environment and civil society.  Within education, AKF works with governments (at all levels), civil society organizations and local communities in early childhood development, school improvement (primary and secondary) and youth and adult education.  The collective education activities provide vital underpinning for and are supported by other institutions in AKDN to foster broad social and economic development with cross-cultural understanding across the developing and the developed world. 

Areas of engagement in non-state education

Funding Priorities

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Range of typical investment size: 
$100,000-$500,000
Typical length of investment: 
Most are investments of between 5-10 years (“Patient Capital”)
Size of overall portfolio: 
$1 million and up
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