The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of private, non-denominational development agencies that seek to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. Founded and guided by His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the Network focuses on health, education, culture, rural development, institution-building and the promotion of economic development. Karīm al-Hussaynī Āgā Khān IV, KBE, CC, GCC, GCIH ( سمو الأمیر شاہ کریم الحسیني آغا خان Health is a state of complete physical mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity Education encompasses both the Teaching and Learning of Knowledge, proper conduct, and technical competency Culture (from the Latin cultura stemming from colere, meaning "to cultivate" generally refers to patterns of human activity and the symbolic Note This article provides definition of Rural development See Rural Development for Rural Development Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture ( USDA Economic development is the development of economic wealth of countries or regions for the well-being of their inhabitants The AKDN is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender. Its annual budget for not-for-profit endeavours is in excess of US$300 million. 
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), including the Aga Khan Rural Support Programmes and the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme, the Aga Khan University (AKU), Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS), Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), and the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services (AKPBS), operate in social development. The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF is a non-denominational non-governmental, development agency founded in 1967 by Aga Khan IV. the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme is a branch of the Aga Khan Development Network dedicated to improving the quality of life of the people of the mountainous The Aga Khan University (AKU is a Coeducational Research University spread over three continents The Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN that supports activities in the health field and manages more Aga Khan Education Services (AKES is one of four agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN supporting activities in the field of The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service (AKPBS was established in 1980 as an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN Social development redirects here For the aspect of Human biological development, see Psychosocial development Social change is a general term which
The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) with its affiliates the Tourism Promotion Services (TPS), Industrial Promotion Service (IPS), and Financial Services, seek to strengthen the role of the private sector in developing countries by supporting private sector initiatives in the development process. In Economics, the private sector is that part of the economy which is both run for private Profit and is not controlled by the State. The Fund and the Foundation also encourage government policies that foster what the Aga Khan first called an "enabling environment" of favourable legislative and fiscal structures.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) co-ordinates the Imamat's cultural activities. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture ( AKTC) is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN Its programmes include The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Historic Cities Support Programme, and the Education and Culture Programme. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture ( AKAA) is an architectural prize established by Aga Khan IV in 1977 Role of the HCSP The HCSP works closely with all project stakeholders including the Community. The Trust also provides financial support for the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
While each agency pursues its own mandate, all of them work together within the overarching framework of the Aga Khan Development Network so that their different pursuits can interact and reinforce one another. Their common goal is to help the poor achieve a level of self-reliance whereby they are able to plan their own livelihoods and help those even more needy than themselves. A central feature of the AKDN's approach to development is to design and implement strategies in which its different agencies participate in particular settings. To pursue their mandates, AKDN institutions rely on the energy, dedication, and skill of volunteers as well as remunerated professionals, and draw upon the talents of people of all faiths.