Frequently Asked Questions

About World Partnership Walk

About Aga Khan Foundation Canada

What is World Partnership Walk?

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.

What is Aga Khan Foundation Canada?

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.


How did World Partnership Walk first get started?

“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.

How does AKFC help communities in Africa and Asia to build better futures?

Because poverty is complex, AKFC supports local solutions to global challenges with a multifaceted approach. AKFC programs focus on improving education and health care, creating economic opportunities for women and men, cultivating agriculture and food security, and nurturing early childhood development. 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.

To ensure this progress lasts for the long term, we partner with local governments and institutions, and anchor our programs within the communities we serve.

Where does my donation go?

Donations raised through World Partnership Walk directly support Aga Khan Foundation Canada programs in more than a dozen countries around the world. We are pleased to report that these gifts do not offset fundraising or overhead administration costs. Thanks to the generosity of thousands of Canadians, we can maintain the quality of our work and have greater communal impact.

How does AKFC select the countries where it works?

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, monitor progress, and ensure effective results. Currently, AKFC works in 15 countries, with some of the most vulnerable people in Africa and Asia.

What is the impact of the dollars raised?

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.

How does AKFC implement its programs?

Experienced, local professionals and partner organizations implement AKFC’s overseas programs. These professionals draw on targeted Canadian and global expertise where needed, to build the skills and knowledge that local communities need to sustain improvements over the long term. 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.

What is the relationship between the Government of Canada and AKFC?

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 more than 180 programs to improve global development in 19 countries – improving quality of life for millions of people across Africa and Asia.

What does AKFC do in Canada?

AKFC provides a range of opportunities for Canadians from coast to coast to help unlock opportunity around the world. We hold events – such as exhibitions and interactive workshops – 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.