Who We Are
Who We Are
We are Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), an international development organization and registered charity. Working in Africa and Asia, we tackle poverty on many fronts: improving access to quality education and health, increasing food security, creating economic opportunities for women and men, and building strong, resilient communities and local institutions.
In Canada, we promote discussion and learning on global issues, raise funds, tap into Canadian expertise to strengthen our development work, and build partnerships with Canadian institutions. Since 1980, our programs have helped millions of people unlock their potential to build a better life. Learn more.
Why We Walk
In 1985, a group of women in Vancouver came together to raise funds to support the work of AKFC. All had come from Africa or Asia and wanted to give back to the communities they left behind. They persuaded 1,000 other Canadians to join them in a walk to fight global poverty and raised $55,000. That first walk grew into an annual event, held in 10 cities across Canada with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers, corporate sponsors, and participants. Thirty-five years later, the World Partnership Walk has raised more than $120 million – making it the largest event in Canada in support of international development.