World Partnership Walk FAQs


About the World Partnership Walk

About Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) 

What is the World Partnership Walk?

The World Partnership Walk is Canada's largest fundraising event to help end global poverty.


How did the World Partnership Walk first get started?


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.


Why should I participate?

By participating in the World Partnership Walk you can help AKFC continue its commitment to dozens of poor communities in 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.


What is the impact of the dollars raised?

Since its inception, the World Partnership Walk has raised more than $82 million across Canada.  In 2013, close to 40,000 participants helped to raise more than $7 million.

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.  AKFC currently funds more than 30 development initiatives in a dozen countries.  These programs have received positive evaluations from the Canadian government and other organizations for their effectiveness and lasting impact.


Where does my contribution go?

100% of donations made to the Walk go towards AKFC international development initiatives 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 the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)

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About Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC)

What is AKFC?

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is a non-profit international development agency, working in Asia and Africa to find sustainable solutions to the complex problems causing global poverty.

AKFC concentrates on a small number of specific development challenges in health, education, rural development and strengthening civil society, supporting programming which tackles poverty over the long term, with the community in the lead. In Canada, AKFC raises funds, builds partnerships with Canadian institutions, and promotes discussion and learning on international development issues. Many of its efforts are undertaken in cooperation with the Government of Canada through theCanadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and other institutional donors.

Established in 1980, AKFC is a registered Canadian charity and an agency of the worldwide Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of development agencies with individual mandates that address social, economic and cultural dimensions of development. Active in 30 countries, AKDN agencies share a mission to improve living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender.


How does AKFC help communities overcome poverty?

A common objective of all programs supported by AKFC is to help people to take charge of their own lives.  AKFC's programs encourage community participation and, ultimately, self-sufficiency.  Funds donated through the World Partnership Walk help support programs in four important areas: health, education, rural development and strengthening community organizations.  These programs are designed to tap the initiative, entrepreneurship, resources and energy of poor communities in order to help them enhance their livelihoods.  In all of our programs we pay special attention to the impact development initiatives have on the environment, as well as the status of women.


How does AKFC implement its programs?

Every project supported by AKFC is implemented by partners with a proven track record of accountability and effectiveness. In addition, AKFC has an "on-the-ground" presence in developing countries through highly qualified local staff members who ensure that resources are used appropriately. Canadian staff members also visit projects to assess the progress being made to draw out and share best practices and recommend improvements to maximize a project's value.

In addition, the Foundation asks external organizations such as the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to evaluate its projects, and such reports are regularly published.  Evaluators commissioned by CIDA have concluded that AKFC's "stewardship and utilization of donor funds is impeccable."


What is the relationship between the Canadian government and AKFC?

The Foundation and the Canadian government, primarily through DFATD, have enjoyed a close working relationship for more than a quarter century.  DFATD provides funding for a number of programs that the Foundation supports in developing countries.


What does AKFC do in Canada?

The Foundation and the Canadian government, primarily through DFATD, have enjoyed a close working relationship for more than a quarter century. DFATD provides funding for a number of programs that the Foundation supports in developing countries.


AKFC regularly contributes to the ongoing dialogue on Canada's development policies.  It collaborates with many Canadian institutions, including McMaster University, the University of Guelph, University of Toronto, University of Calgary, Queens University and Ryerson University.  Thanks to the Aga Khan Development Network, AKFC forms a unique link between Canadian development professionals and their colleagues in the developing world.

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