The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) focuses on the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalisation of communities in the developing world. It comprises the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme, the Aga Khan Music Initiative, the on-line resource ArchNet.org and the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.
Founded in 1988, AKTC is an integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a family of institutions created by His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, with distinct yet complementary mandates to improve the welfare and prospects of people in countries in the developing world, particularly in Asia and Africa.
AKTC seeks to leverage the unique transformative power of culture to improve socio-economic conditions of communities that have a rich cultural heritage, but inadequate resources. AKTC’s model is based on utilising cultural assets as catalysts for economic development, restoring pride and improving the quality of life. The Aga Khan has placed significant importance on preserving culture and its impact on the socio-economic development of societies and nations. “… The [Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s] support to historic communities demonstrates how conservation and revitalisation of the cultural heritage – in many cases the only asset at the disposal of the community – can provide a springboard for social development. We have also seen how such projects can have a positive impact well beyond conservation, promoting good governance, the growth of civil society, a rise in incomes and economic opportunities, greater respect for human rights and better stewardship of the environment.” he said.
AKTC’s experience of ‘culture in development’ has received meaningful support and facilitation through dynamic public-private partnerships, especially in Gilgit-Baltistan and Lahore.
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ABOUT THEAGA KHAN TRUST FOR CULTURE
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) focuses on the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalisation of communities in the developing world. It includes the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme, the Aga Khan Music Initiative, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, the on-line resource Archnet.org and related programmes.
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