Market God Introduced to Northern Areas

During the four decades of international assistance and development programmes in the Himalaya and adjacent mountain regions, amidst failures all around, some projects have received high praise. With this look at the AKRSP in Chitral and Gilgit, Himal begins an occasional series, "Questioning Success", to see what makes for success, and the prospects for reproducing success.

Celebrating his 75th birthday in 1940, Aga Khan III weighed himself against a load of gold and jewellery and donated the treasure to start an educational programme. That act of philanthropy marked the beginning of the Aga Khan welfare activities in a corner of the Central Asian highlands — today's Northern Areas of Pakistan, which has a large population of his followers, the Ismailis.

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