In a ceremony commemorating the 75th Independence Day of Pakistan, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) received a Development Leadership Award from the Government of Pakistan in acknowledgment of its contributions to development in the country. The award underscores AKF’s steadfast commitment as a development leader in Pakistan and beyond.
Among the 75 individuals and institutions awarded, AKF was the only international non-governmental organisation (INGO). AKF was recognised as a ‘Society Leader’ for its diverse array of programmes and initiatives that have enhanced access to quality healthcare, education, and economic opportunities, and address complex challenges such as climate change and food insecurity through a holistic, community-led approach.
AKF has been working with communities in Pakistan since 1969, leading a range of integrated, innovative and gender sensitive development programmes to alleviate poverty and enhance resilience.
Last year, AKF, together with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, reached more than one million people in Pakistan – 76% of whom were women. AKF’s approach emphasises community engagement and participatory methods to ensure its work remains culturally sensitive and responsive to local needs.
The awards ceremony, attended by prominent thought leaders, policy makers, business figures, and societal influencers, served as a platform to celebrate the spirit of excellence and progress in Pakistan.
AKF is honoured to receive this award, which would not have been possible without the collaboration of AKF’s sister Aga Khan Development Network agencies in Pakistan, the guidance of the National Committee of AKF Pakistan, and the support of the National Ismaili Council for Pakistan.
This award further deepens AKF’s determination to continue to uplift lives and foster sustainable, positive change amongst Pakistan’s communities, so that they can build a thriving future together.