AKF USA | New Civil Society Partnership Announced with U.S. Government and the Aga Khan Development Network

President Obama at the Clinton Global Initiative forum on September 23, 2014, announced a partnership between the United States and the Aga Khan Development Network designed to strengthen civil society.(Photo credit: AP/Photo Source: VOA)
President Obama at the Clinton Global Initiative forum on September 23, 2014, announced a partnership between the United States and the Aga Khan Development Network designed to strengthen civil society.(Photo credit: AP/Photo Source: VOA)

New York – President Barack Obama yesterday announced a partnership among the United States government, the Swedish government, and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to foster a dynamic and sustainable civil society globally through initiatives of citizen groups, in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

AKDN is committed to global civil society development. His Highness the Aga Khan has called civil society “one of the most powerful forces in our time, one that will become an increasingly universal influence.” Nurturing a wide array of pluralistic, meritocratically-led indigenous civil society institutions is critical to improving quality of life, fostering democracy, and achieving sustainable development that reduces poverty, particularly amongst the most vulnerable communities.

Working with governments and other leading foundations, AKDN supports indigenous civil society through a bottom-up approach. The new partnership will seek to create Innovation Centers in AKDN priority regions of Central Asia and East Africa to strengthen civil society organizations for locally-driven, sustainable development.

AKDN will mobilize up to $10 million over five years, matched by its partners, for establishing two of the six centers mentioned by President Obama: one in sub-Saharan Africa and one in Asia. The Network brings more than 60 years of development experience to this collaboration.

Learn more at AKF USA


Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali


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