Frequently Asked Questions
About Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC)
World Partnership Walk is Canada’s largest campaign to fight global poverty. An initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, funds raised by the Walk support programs that help millions of people in Africa and Asia to lift themselves out of poverty and build better futures. The Walk campaign launches in early March with a three month fundraising campaign and culminates with a short walk and large celebration across 10 cities in Canada: Calgary, Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria. The Walk day event is a fun family friendly event for everyone, with great entertainment, speeches, games, and food.
There are many ways you can get involved:
Register as a fundraiser or Start a team: Join the movement and register as an individual fundraiser or start a team alongside thousands of other Canadians stepping forward to fight global poverty.
Donate: Support Aga Khan Foundation Canada's projects by donating a gift to the World Partnership Walk.
Volunteer: Become a Volunteer for the World Partnership Walk and help us organize this world class event.
By participating in the World Partnership Walk you can help Aga Khan Foundation Canada continue its commitment to communities in 14 countries across Asia and Africa where simple yet innovative initiatives are targeting basic needs and empowering citizens. The 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.
"RAIN OR SHINE, WALK WITH YOUR FAMILY, BRING YOUR LUNCH."
With that simple refrain, the 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 they had grown up in, 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 ten cities across Canada who work tirelessly to mobilize their communities.
Funds raised for the Walk go towards Aga Khan Foundation Canada programs in more than a dozen developing countries around the world. Funds raised by the Walk also help AKFC to leverage additional support from major donors like Global Affairs Canada.
Since its inception, the World Partnership Walk has raised over $100 million and over $7 million in 2016. Thanks to the funds raised by the Walk, millions of people in Africa and Asia have benefited directly from programs supported by Aga Khan Foundation Canada in education, healthcare, rural development and civil society. AKFC currently funds more than 30 development initiatives in 14 countries. These programs have received positive evaluations from the Canadian government and other organizations for their effectiveness and lasting impact.
There is no registration fee for the World Partnership Walk, simply go online and register. Once you complete registration, you will officially become a Walk Ambassador and your fundraising efforts go towards positively impacting the lives of children, parents and communities living in poverty.
You can find out more information about the walk in your city or community here.
About Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC)
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.
Established in 1980, AKFC is an agency of the worldwide Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a family of development agencies with individual mandates that address the social, economic and cultural dimensions of development. Active in 30 countries, AKDN agencies share a mission to improve quality of life and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender.
Poverty is complex, so AKFC works on many fronts to support local solutions to global development challenges. AKFC programs focus on improving access to quality education and healthcare, increasing food security, creating economic opportunities for women and men, and building strong, resilient communities and local institutions that can sustain progress over the long term. 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. Recognizing that a healthy environment is crucial for humans to thrive, our programs address issues of environmental sustainability, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and encourage creative solutions to the challenges facing our planet. Working with a range of partners, we promote long-term, inclusive development where men and women have the keys to unlock a better future.
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 and help monitor progress to ensure strong results and effective use of resources.
Currently, AKFC works in 15 countries, with some of the most vulnerable people in Africa and Asia. Many of our programs serve those living in remote, hard-to-reach regions like the high mountain valleys of Tajikistan or drought-affected farmland in rural Mozambique.
Experienced, local professionals and partner organizations implement AKFC’s overseas programs, drawing on targeted Canadian and global expertise where needed to build the skills and knowledge needed for local communities to sustain improvements over the long term. Canadian staff members work closely with local colleagues and visit projects regularly to provide additional support, assess progress, and report on results. 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.
AKFC undertakes many of its programs in cooperation with the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.
AKFC provides a range of opportunities for Canadians from coast to coast to help build a more peaceful, prosperous, equitable and pluralist world. We hold diverse events – such as exhibitions, interactive workshops, and speaker series – that enable the public to learn about global development. AKFC’s fellowship and 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. Thanks to our committed volunteers across the country, the World Partnership Walk and World Partnership Golf events raise millions of dollars every year to support our work in Africa and Asia.
For more information on AKFC, please visit: www.akfc.ca