The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) is a non-denominational, non-governmental developmental organisation committed to enhancing rural communities in a non-denominational manner. With nearly 40 years of working experience in rural India, AKRSP(I) focuses on empowering underprivileged individuals, particularly women, through various initiatives. These initiatives encompass natural resources management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable agriculture and ecosystem practices, livestock development, rural governance, community institutions, financial inclusion, education, skills and entrepreneurship, renewable energy, drinking water, and sanitation. Central to AKRSP(I)’s operations is the establishment of self-reliant people’s institutions that foster financial inclusion, improve livelihoods, and enhance rural governance. By mobilising human, financial, and technological resources, AKRSP(I) effectively implements its development approach. Through professional assistance, the organisation helps rural communities identify and prioritise their needs, enabling them to determine appropriate interventions to achieve their goals. AKRSP(I) operates in over 2500 villages across Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Maharashtra, positively impacting the lives of more than 1.5 million marginalised individuals. Notably, over 80% of the households affected by AKRSP(I)’s work belong to marginalised communities such as tribals, dalits, and minorities. Women, comprising over 60% of the beneficiaries, play a vital role in the program’s interventions.

AKRSP(I)’s projects