• Fast Company, one of the leading business magazines in the world, recently released its annual Top 10 ranking of the Most Innovative Companies worldwide. Roshan Telecommunication Company from Afghanistan was ranked number 7 at the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the category of “Social Good”. Fast Company recognized Roshan for its ethical business practices and work on social and economic development across Afghanistan. 

  • Aga Khan Foundation Canada and the Canadian Association of Journalists are pleased to announce that Marc Ellison and Mellissa Fung are the inaugural recipients of the Fellowship for International Development Reporting. They will each receive $25,000 to cover stories in the developing world. "The CAJ is looking forward to the work that Mellissa and Marc are about to undertake and the stories they will share with their audiences," CAJ president Hugo Rodrigues said.

  • Gujarat has given India the concept of cooperation in the fields of banking, housing, milk and production sectors, which runs on the principle of collective ownership. Now one more sector has joined the glorious tradition: water cooperatives. Apoorva Oza, CEO of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India), said that the state is very open to such experiments and successful examples have shown what citizens can do with the right direction and faith from the government agencies. The efforts of the water cooperatives, known as paani or piyat samiti, have turned barren lands into fertile farms.

  • The first group of 15 Afghan students completed the Certificate Program in Policy Analysis course offered at the University of Central Asia (UCA), through a partnership between the University and the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan. UCA was established in 2000 by a treaty between the Governments of Kazakistan, Kyrqyz Republic, Tajikistan and His Highness the Aga Khan to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies.

  • The Pakistani government plans to open roadshows for its stake sales in the country’s biggest lender, Habib Bank Limited (HBL), a senior official said on Tuesday, eyeing to tap global institutional and high net worth investors to raise at least $750 million. HBL is the largest bank of the country in terms of assets, deposits and branch network. Its assets are valued at Rs1.74 trillion and customer deposits are estimated at Rs1.42 trillion.