The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a contemporary endeavour of the Ismaili Imamat to realise the social conscience of Islam through institutional action. The Network brings together a number of agencies, institutions, and programmes that have been built up over the past forty years and are aimed at improving the living conditions and opportunities in specific regions of the developing world.
The Network's institutions have individual mandates that range from fields of health and education to architecture, rural development and the promotion of private sector enterprise. Together they collaborate in working toward a common goal - building institutions and programmes that can respond to the challenges of social, economic and cultural change.
The AKDN agencies conduct their programmes without regard to the faith, origin or gender of the people they serve. Their primary focus of activity includes people in some of the poorest parts of Asia and Africa.