The authority of the Ismaili Imam is spiritual rather than temporal in nature. At the same time, Islam believes fundamentally that the spiritual and material worlds are inextricably connected. This means that the Imam-of-the-Time also has a responsibility for improving the quality of life – the quality of worldly life – for his people, and for the people among whom the Ismailis live. It is to advance those responsibilities that so much of my attention over these sixty years has been committed not only to strengthening the Imamat’s capacities to fulfill its mandate, but also to the work of what we now call the AKDN – the Aga Khan Development Network.
The AKDN includes a variety of agencies working in the fields of economic development, education, health care, and cultural enrichment. Our fundamental objective is to do whatever we can to help to improve the quality of human life.
–Address by His Highness the Aga Khan to the Parliament of Portugal. Lisbon, Portugal. July 10, 2018)
- AKDN’s Speeches & Interviews – http://www.akdn.org/press-centre/speeches
- The Ismaili’s Speeches & Interviews – https://the.ismaili/speeches
Words of Wisdom: Our fundamental objective is to do whatever we can to help improve the quality of human life