GENEVA – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, who is in Geneva to attend the Afghanistan 2020 Conference, met with Prince Rahim Aga Khan.
In this meeting, Minister Atmar expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the valuable cooperation of Aga Khan Development Network to Afghanistan in various fields during the last 19 years. Minister Atmar called the activities of the Aga Khan Development Network, including the implementation of development projects, the restoration of historic monuments and the granting of small loans to Afghanistan’s poor families, useful and valuable. He called for the expansion of the AKDN and Afghanistan cooperation in economic, cultural and social sectors.
On behalf of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, Prince Rahim Aga Khan assured Minister Atmar of the continuation of their support to Afghanistan.
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) began working in Afghanistan in 1996 when it started distributing food aid during the country’s civil war. Since 2002, AKDN and its partners have committed over US$1 billion in development assistance to the country. The Network’s integrated approach combines economic, social and cultural inputs. Its economic projects span over 240 cities and towns in the country’s 34 provinces. Its social development and humanitarian work is focused in 61 districts in seven provinces, impacting over 3 million people. Its cultural programmes, which operate in Kabul, Herat, Balkh and Badakhshan, have restored over 90 historic buildings.
Click link to learn in detail about AKDN’s work in Afghanistan: https://www.akdn.org/where-we-work/central-asia/afghanistan