The Aga Khan Development Network
The Aga Khan Development Network: An Integrated Approach to Development in Afghanistan
Director of Corporate Affairs at Roshan
CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation USA
Daniel F. Runde,
Director, CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development
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Working in over 25 countries around the world, The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) strives to improve health, education, rural development, institution-building and promote economic development in fragile states. AKDN serves people regardless of religion, gender, ethnicity and is a non-denominational organization. Most grants are made to grassroots organizations with a holistic view of development.
One such example of this type of organization is Roshan. Operating in Afghanistan since 2003 when there was virtually no telecommunications infrastructure, Roshan is now the leading telecommunications provider and the market leader with over 4 million active subscribers and a network that covers over 230 cities and towns in all of the country’s 34 provinces. Furthermore, Roshan is the country’s single largest investor and the largest taxpayer, contributing approximately 5% of the Afghan government’s overall domestic revenue.