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.Read More
Funded by: Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and the Aga Khan Foundation, Canada (AKFC) Project Period: 6 Years (March 2011- March 2017) Geographic Focus: All Districts of Gilgit-Baltistan and district Chitral of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. To improve the socio-economic conditions of young men and women in Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral (GBC)
Funded by:European Union (EU) and the Aga Khan Foundation (10% Contribution) Project Duration:48 months (February 2014 -January 2018) Geographic Focus:All districts of Gilgit -Baltistan (selected 30 Union Councils ) To promote an inclusive and empowered society in Gilgit - Baltistan To reduce the negative impacts of poverty through active and effective participation of communities in development activities in Gilgit-Baltistan through
Funded by: Government of KP, PPAF, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Project Duration: 3 Years (August 2014 - November 2017) Geographic Focus: All 24 Union Councils of Chitral District 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
Funded by: European Union (EU) Project Duration: 34 months: (June 2013 - March 2016) Geographic Focus: Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral To develop a sustainable value chain for Gems and Jewellery sector in Northern Pakistan Project. Basic and advanced training for more than 1500 in cutting, polishing and jewelry making. Strengthening market based services
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.Read More