​Message from the Director

On behalf of the anticipated large number of faculty and other professionals across the wider Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) who are, or will be, part of this Institute, I am pleased to welcome you to website. The Institute is embedded within the University, which is in turn embedded within the wider AKDN. Thus as this site develops, it will be expanded to encompass the array of human development research and field programmes being pursued by faculty and other professionals across academic and non-academic entities on our all our campuses and AKDN’s spheres of operations. 

We welcome and will actively cultivate collaborations and partnerships with local service provide institutions, global multilateral organization, and donor agencies—all for the purpose of positioning the institute to make a meaningful and practical impact, particularly on children, families, and communities in limited-resource and marginalized settings.  We will work particularly with global organizations like the World Health Organizations, UNICEF and the Early Child Development Network (ECDAN), and donor agencies with significant footprint in the ECD arena to help translate global policies and guidelines into action.

Mindful of the limited research capacity in the Majority World, we are committed to creating an environment and seeking resources to prepare the next generations of researchers. The research education we provide will include a significant focus on academic researchers’ ability to translate and communicate findings in accessible language to the benefit of policy makers, practitioners, and donor agencies which look to sound research to make impactful contributions in the “real world.”

We ask for your support to build the Institute to make its work relevant to the lives of people at all levels of the life span, but to particularly build strong foundations for the development and wellbeing of children in the earliest years of life.

Dr. Kofi Marfo.

Professor and Foundation Director