From the Field Blog

  • Before starting my fellowship with the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. in November 2014, I worked as a Senior Loan Officer for the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB). KICB’s primary shareholder is the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. That position gave me a valuable glimpse of the growing importance of small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries, and insights into the special challenges that they face and how they can manage risk.

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  • Mozambique is a nation flourishing with natural resources, and an economy that relies primarily on agriculture. However, after the Mozambican Civil War (1977-1992), some of the nation’s agricultural industries suffered. The cashew industry, once a prominent export, producing half the world's total in the 1960s, fell into decline as adverse policies and civil war brought new tree plantings to a halt.  Now, the cashew industry is positioning to reclaim its former glory in the international markets.

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  • 2014: A Year in Review

    December 31, 2014

    2014 was a very exciting year for us! We had several innovative new programs started, including a new multi-input area development project in Tajikisan and a new partnership with the U.S. government to support sustainable civil society. We celebrated the 20th year of PartnershipsInAction and held our 100th Partnership Walk. And we ended the year with a our Giving Tuesday campaign and were humbled and amazed by the overwhelming response. Thank you to everyone who joined us to support our programs in Africa and Asia and make this one of our best years yet!

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  • It was a surprise when Asylkan and Saparbek Amanov, from the village of Janbulak, in the remote mountains of northern Kyrgyz Republic, became the faces of International Mountain Day (IMD) 2014. A photo of their family has been used on all promotional materials issued by the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), including the poster.

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  • Youth Ambassador and Beyond

    December 5, 2014

    Sanya Khan is a recent graduate of Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas, and has been a volunteer Youth Ambassador with the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A., which works to end poverty in Africa and Asia. Her previous blog post described a community service project with elementary school students in a low-income neighborhood. See parts one and two of this story.

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