Aga Khan Development Network. AKES is a part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private, international, non-denominational agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in the developing world. The Network’s organisations have varying individual mandates ranging from health and education to architecture, rural development and the promotion of private-sector enterprise.
The AKDN was founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. For the Aga Khan, one manifestation of his hereditary responsibilities as spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslim community has been a deep and renowned engagement with education and international development.
Together the AKDN agencies work towards a common goal – to build institutions and programmes that can respond to the challenges of social, economic and cultural change.
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