The World Partnership Walk is Back This Year

Tourism promotion in Baltistan, Pakistan, supported by EELY, AKRSP and DFATD. AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer

The World Partnership Walk is back this year to raise funds for the projects by Aga Khan Foundation in Asia and Africa in different cities around the world starting on week of June 13.

In 1985, a group of women in Vancouver came together to raise funds to support the work of Aga Khan Foundation. 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 and around the world with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers, sponsors, as well as participants. Thirty-eight years later, the World Partnership Walk has raised more than $130 million – making it one of the largest event in the world in support of international development.

The Foundation has helped to pioneer the Multi-Input Area Development (MIAD) approach, which leverages the capabilities of multiple AKDN agencies and their expertise in order to deliver social, economic and cultural interventions together in targeted geographies to accelerate development over time. 

For over 50 years, the foundation has worked in some of the most remote parts of Asia and Africa to partner with communities to improve the quality of life for decades and generations. is The foundation is largely field-based with programme units located in Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Kenya, the Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The Foundation is largely an implementing organisation rather than a grant-making foundation.  It receives grant funding from numerous development agencies, private foundations and corporations; raises funds locally in annual events in North America and Western Europe

To get involved in a walk in your area or start a walk in your area, go to the World Partnership Walk website

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