The initiative is a project of the Aga Khan Development Network

"... Through its programmes and investments, in collaboration with governments across the region, international partners, and communities, AKDN seeks to improve the quality of human life with a “core conviction that human progress depends on human cooperation,” which can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles."

- His Highness The Aga Khan

Our Public Partners

2017 marked ten years since the 11 July 2007 signature of the MoU marking the commencement of the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative. In keeping with AKTC projects worldwide, here too, the aim was to demonstrate that cultural heritage assets can be leveraged for socio-economic benefit of local communities and residents of historic cities.

The MoU was preceded by two years of discussion with the senior officials of the Archaeological Survey of India on conservation philosophy; discussions with the leadership of the Central Public Works Department on the vision for Government Sunder Nursery; and discussions with former Mayor of Delhi and the Municipal Councillor for the area – Mr Farhad Suri, community leaders from Nizamuddin Basti and officers of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (now South Delhi Municipal Corporation) on measures required to enhance the Quality of Life for residents of Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti through interventions to upgrade health, education, sanitation infrastructure. These initial discussions and agreements were incorporated in the MoU and have served as the basis for undertaking the project since its inception.

Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative
  • Archaeological
    Survey of India

    ASI is the nodal public agency for the project. All conservation works being undertaken in Nizamuddin are guided by international and Indian Charters / Philosophy and carried out in prior consultation with the ASI. In addition to regular independent peer- reviews, an ASI Core Committee reviews conservation components of the project on a monthly basis.

    www.asi.nic.in
  • South Delhi Municipal Corporation

    Within the jurisdiction of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation are some of the most densely populated areas in the anywhere in the world, such as Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti. Social development initiatives, in consultation with MCD, are being implemented in the Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti area.

    www.mcdonline.gov.in
  • Central Public
    Works Department

    Sunder Nursery, designated as ‘District Park’ under Master plan 2021, is owned and operated by the CPWD. The master-plan for Sunder Nursery aims to create significant ecological zones with educational value while restoring the Mughal era structures that stand here and transform Sunder Nursery into a world class city park.

    www.cpwd.gov.in
  • Aga Khan
    Foundation

    The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a non-denominational, international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. Its mission is to develop and promote creative solutions to problems that impede social development; the Foundation reaches out to vulnerable populations irrespective of their race, religion, political persuasion or gender.

    www.akdn.org
  • Aga Khan Trust
    for Culture

    Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) focuses on the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalisation of communities at heritage areas where they undertake projects in partnership with government agencies. Through this integrated approach, the Programme seeks to demonstrate that strengthening cultural identity can go hand-in-hand with socio-economic progress.

    www.akdn.org
Working with Institutions & Corporates

"... By Civil Society I mean that array of institutions which are neither public, nor profit driven, but which are motivated by voluntary commitments and dedicated to the public good. They include, for example, institutions dedicated to culture, to public information, to the environment and to religious faith. And they include, very importantly, the fields of health and education in which you are so centrally involved.
A healthy Civil Society is a meritocratic one, where ethics are honored, and excellence is valued."

- His Highness The Aga Khan

Ministry of Tourism,
Government of India
Tata Trusts
Havells
Norwegian Ministry of
Foreign Affair
InterGlobe
Foundation
US Ambassador's Fund for
Cultural Preservation
US Embassy
Ford Foundation
Delhi Urban Heritage
Foundation (DUHF)
State Department
of Archaeology
World Monuments
Fund (WMF)
Embassy of the Federal
Republic of Germany
Hilti India
Pvt. Ltd
GSRD Foundation
J.M. Kaplan Fund
Housing & Urban Development
Corporation (HUDCO)
Bollore Logistics India Limited
(Formerly SDV International Logistics Ltd.)
Australian High
Commission, India
Ministry of Culture,
Government of India
Niti Aayog
(Formerly the Planning Commission)
Titan Company
Delhi Development
Authority
Delhi
Jal Board
Working with community
Working with community

"..The essential goal of global development has been to create and sustain effective nation states – coherent societies that are well governed, economically self-sustaining, equitable in treating their peoples, peaceful amongst themselves, and sensitive to their impact on planetary sustainability."

- His Highness The Aga Khan

The project from its earliest days has invested in working towards building a strong interface with the community. This has now taken the form of several different kinds of community based groups. We are planning that these will form the node for a community based organization that will take responsibility of the development needs of Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti.