• Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, welcomed three new partners to the Saving Brains Grand Challenge: Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Norlien Foundation and World Vision Canada. These organizations strengthen the existing partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation.The news coincides with an announcement of more than $2.9 million in funding for 11 new bold ideas aimed at improving the early brain development of infants and children in low-resource countries.

  • The fourth national conference on tourism industry in Afghanistan was marked by the ministry of information and culture in coordination with Aga Khan Foundation the other day.

  • A proposal to build a tunnel linking Delhi’s Ring Road with Mathura Road may require assessment of the project’s impact on archaeological sites, including Humayun’s Tomb. Ratish Nanda, project director with Aga Khan Trust for Culture, noted that professionally prepared studies on the impact of large projects like the Ring Road should be mandatory. Under Nanda’s leadership, the restoration work at Humayun’s tomb was carried out— the first-ever privately funded restoration of a World Heritage Site in the country.

  • The Aga Khan is a smiling man, genial, with twinkling eyes and never less than a faint trace of benign good will turning up the corners of his mouth. He smiled all the way through a speech last month at the opening of the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, especially while alluding to the innate happiness embodied in the branch of Shiite Islam of which he is the spiritual leader, Ismailism: “We are a community that welcomes the smile,” he said.

  • 'Badakhshan' in Turkey

    October 2, 2014

    The 11th Konya International Mystic Music Festival featured the 6-member Badakhshan Ensemble (Tajikistan) in a concert of spiritual and traditional music of Badakhshan on September 24. The Ensemble’s participation in the Festival comes as part of a long-term relationship between the Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Festival. The Music Initiative was instrumental in launching the Badakhshan Ensemble’s international touring and recording career and, since 2005, has presented them in concerts and festivals throughout Europe and North America.