Drought-resistant beans to nourish families in wintertime

Scientists and students from Bamyan University conducted field experiments to identify varieties of beans best...


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UCA launches School for the Advancement of Gender Equality

Mothers push their prams as they walk on a road in Naryn.

AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer

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Promoting sustainable mountain tourism in Kyrgyzstan

UCA students go horseback riding on the Naryn side of the Tian Shan (Mountains of Heaven), whose highest peak ...


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The first class: Making history at the University of Central Asia

In June 2021, UCA's first convocation ceremony honoured the first class of undergraduate students from the Sch...

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Employed women, happy child: Designing human-centred solutions in the Kyrgyz Republic

Young students draw at an AKF-supported kindergarten in Osh, Kyrgyz Republic. (Photo taken prior to the COVID-...

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AKDN | Kyrgyz Republic



AKDN has worked in the Kyrgyz Republic since 2002.



We employ over 1,600 people.



96 percent of our employees are Kyrgyz nationals.

Students of world history remind us how Central Asia, a thousand years ago, “led the world” in trade and investment, in urban development, in cultural and intellectual achievement … The people of the cities here, even all those centuries ago, joined hands with the people of the steppes, and together they reached out to people who were far, far away. That kind of openness can again be the key that unlocks the doors to the future.

His Highness the Aga Khan
Naryn, October 2016

Agriculture and Food Security


We have reached over 520,000 people in Osh, Jalal-Abad, Batken and Naryn oblasts

Civil Society


The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) partners with more than 1,000 local civil society actors in the Kyrgyz Republic

Cultural Development


Centre Ustatshakirt teaches traditional theatre, literature and music to 8,000 primary and secondary school students

Early Childhood Development


14,500 children have access to quality early childhood services

Economic Development


The Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB) serves over 324,000 clients



UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) benefits over 34,000 learners in the Kyrgyz Republic



3,500 people are reached annually through health awareness campaigns



The First MicroFinance Company Kyrgyz Republic (FMFC-K) serves over 18,000 clients

AKDN IN Kyrgyz Republic

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