Frequently Asked Questions
About Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC)
An initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, World Partnership Walk is Canada’s largest public movement to fight global poverty. Launched in 1985, the Walk rallies support for development, equips individuals with the information and resources they need to act as informed global citizens, and creates opportunities for Canadians to engage locally. Donations raised through the Walk go directly to support AKFC’s development programs in Africa and Asia.
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 World Partnership Walk.
Volunteer: Become a Volunteer for World Partnership Walk and help us organize this world class event.
By participating in World Partnership Walk you can help Aga Khan Foundation Canada continue its commitment to communities in 15 countries across Asia and Africa where simple yet innovative initiatives are targeting basic needs and empowering citizens. 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, 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.
Donations raised through World Partnership Walk go directly to support Aga Khan Foundation Canada development programs in Africa and Asia. These initiatives improve access to quality education and health, increase food security, create economic opportunities for women and men, promote gender equality, support environmental sustainability, and build strong, resilient communities and local institutions necessary to sustain development gains over the long-term.
There is no registration fee for 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.
AKFC is part of the Aga Khan Development Network, one of the world’s largest development organizations. Under the leadership of His Highness the Aga Khan, this group of agencies works to reduce poverty and improve quality of life in some of the world’s most difficult environments. Our network invests more than $1-billion annually in programs to promote development in Africa and Asia. We undertake this work in partnership with communities, governments, and eminent institutions like universities and hospitals, in Canada and around the world. For four decades, the Canadian government has been an invaluable partner in this work.
Because poverty is complex, AKFC takes a multifaceted approach 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. Like other development organizations that receive funding from the federal government, our programs are subject to rigorous proposal processes, regular audits, and external evaluations. Since 1980, Canada and AKFC have partnered on 184 programs to improve global development in 19 countries – improving quality of life for millions of people across Africa and Asia.
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 youth fellowship program has launched global careers for 500 promising young Canadian professionals, and our 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