From the Field Blog

  • Social Cohesion as a Process

    September 19, 2014

    Earlier this summer, Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. and the World Bank convened experts in the fields of conflict resolution, social cohesion, and community-driven development to discuss social cohesion and development in Washington, DC and in Bishkek and Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Participants shared about their experiences with projects in Central and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. Following these learning sessions, three main ideas emerged as particularly important for our Kyrgyz project going Earlier this summer, AKF USA and the World Bank convened experts in the fields of conflict resolution, social cohesion, and community-driven development to discuss social cohesion and development in Washington, DC and in Bishkek and Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Participants shared about their experiences with projects in Central and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. Following these learning sessions, three main ideas emerged as particularly important for our Kyrgyz project going forward. Read our blog to learn about these ideas.

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  • This year marks the 20th anniversary for Partnership Walk events.  We will also mark the milestone of reaching our 100th Partnership Walk this year. The Walk has reached 10 major US  cities over the years with 8 being held this year. Since 1995, PartnershipsInAction activities including the annual Partnership Walk and Golf events have attracted over 440,000 participants and raised over $63 million for poverty alleviation. Experience the journey on our blog and picture slide show. 

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  • Muyassar's nine-month fellowship with Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) has taught him a lot about international development, both its institutions and its individuals. Since his previous blog, in which he shared the impressive impact of savings groups in Tajikistan, he has learned a lot through his experience in the Washington, DC office and the perspective of a donor-liaison office. Read on to for his reflections on his time here in DC as his fellowship comes to a close and he prepares to return home.

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  • This spring Program Officer Linda Ulqini traveled to Kenya to gauge and experience progress in schools involved in the Education for Marginalized Children in Kenya (EMACK) project. EMACK has worked with 800 schools and thousands of communities across the Coastal, North Eastern, and Nairobi regions in Kenya. It has trained over 3,200 teachers and reached over 120,000 children. Outside Mombasa on the coast, Linda visited schools of all kinds – both formal public schools, and low-cost private schools started outside the public education system in the informal settlements that have sprung up around East Africa’s largest cities. After numerous trips to schools and communities involved with EMACK over the years, what strikes her is how different and important each individual school is. Read on to learn more.

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  • On July 23, Program Officer Luke Bostian went to an all-day symposium at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC titled “Pakistan’s Interminable Energy Crisis: Is There Any Way Out?” The symposium drew some pretty big guns, including Pakistan’s Secretary for Water and Power, Nargis Sethi, and the former Director of Operations for the World Bank, Ziad Alahdad. He was interested to hear what the symposium speakers would say about the causes for Pakistan’s difficulties with energy access and their suggested solutions and what opportunities there might be for the Aga Khan Development Network to take the great successes we’ve had with power projects elsewhere and apply them to Pakistan. Read on to learn more.

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