• Satpara Development Project (SDP)
    SDP is a five year project worth $20 million, awarded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to Aga Khan Foundation with an objective to enhance water efficiency and productivity of high value horticulture
  • Gems & Jewellery (G&J)
    To develop a sustainable value chain for Gems and Jewellery sector in Northern Pakistan Project. 174 individuals (155 young women and 19 women) were trained in jewelry making and 22 men were trained in gemstone valuation.
  • Renewable Energy (RE)
    To provide the communities with access to clean and renewable energy for domestic and commercial purposes. To promote productive use of energy for generating income opportunities for the rural households.
  • Enhancing Employability and Leadership for Youth (EELY)
    To strengthen the engagement of youth leaders (both men and women) in partnership with state and civil society institutions and support programs and policies that improve conditions of youth in GBC.

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme Pakistan

The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) is a private, non-profit company, established by the Aga Khan Foundation in 1982 to improve the quality of life of the people of Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral (GBC). The overall goal of the organization is to improve the socio-economic conditions of the people of northern Pakistan.


AKRSP has built a strong foundation of people’s institutions, comprising more than 3700 Village and Women Organizations, majority of whom have come together to establish more than 60 Local Support Organizations as their representative institutions. These LSOs take on a multi-sector agenda in partnership with a wide array of partners including the local government departments. LSOs are increasingly taking on a development agenda that goes beyond the traditions.

Sustained improvements in the quality of life GBC’s population hinges upon inclusive economic growth and shared employment opportunities. AKRSP’s efforts in developing economic infrastructure (e.g. roads, irrigation and land development projects), promoting agricultural productivity, and improving farming skills have been instrumental in this regard by increasing farm surplus and incomes from the once subsistence farming sector.


Progress Review 2013-14

Progress Review 2013-14

Research Study on Womens...

Research Study on Womens Economic Empowerment

4th Evaluation by World Bank...

4th Evaluation by World Bank 2002

3rd Interim Evaluation-1995

3rd Interim Evaluation-1995

Media / Documentaries

Recent News

Community mobilisation paying off in Chitral

Jun 07, 2015

The flash flood of 2012 had washed away the water supply scheme and 1.5 kilometres link road of the remote Kiyar village of Karimabad valley, but the.....

Earthly matters: A bright future

May 15, 2016

At a two-hour drive rough over broken roads from Chitral town, lies Garam Chashma. This is where hot springs bubble up from deep inside the...

Member Profile: AKRSP's Trailblazing Micro Hydro Efforts in Pakistan

26 December, 2015

At the United Nations SE4ALL Forum in May 2015 there was much good discussion on mini-grids.Anytime the mini-grid...

Once devastated, women share success stories

05 December, 2015

Islamabad - Robina Kosar, a 27 year old widow, is supporting her family in a village of Skardu, Gilgit–Baltistan, by pursuing a profession for livelihood rarely opted by...

10 Districts

198,409 Organised Households

2,928 Village organization

2,117 Women Organization

75Local Support Organisations (LSOs)