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  • 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.

  • State Stirs the Flow for Water Cooperatives

    March 23, 2015 - Times of India

    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.

  • A program presented by Carnegie Hall called 'In the Footsteps of Babur' will take place on Friday, April 24. Featured artists include Homayun Sakhi (Afghan rubab), Rahul Sharma (santur), Salar Nader (tabla), Sirojiddin Juraev (dutar and tanbur), and Mukhtor Muborakqadamov (Badakhshani setar). The program represents a modern-day version of Mughal artistic fusion. The Aga Khan Music Initiative brought together the musicians from Afghanistan, India, and Tajikistan with the aim of merging their talents, traditions, and musical instruments to create new sounds.

  • 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.

  • The Ministry of Public Health together with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) commemorated International Women's Day. The celebration gathered more 200 participants under the theme "Empowering women, empowering humanity." The Diplomatic Representative of Aga Khan Foundation, Nurjehan Mawani and the supervisor of the health projects of Ministry of Women Affairs, Marghalar Khara, also addressed the audience highlighting Afghanistan's progress promoting women's rights and the challenges ahead.

  • How Diamond Trust Bank CEO Stays on Top of her Game

    March 12, 2015 - Business Daily Africa

    Nasim Devji, CEO of Diamond Trust Bank (DTB), has been working there since 1996. A Business Daily Africa profile on Mrs. Devji highlights her sacrifice and hard work on her path to ascension.  “You can’t move on in life if you can’t make some sacrifices,” she says.

  • The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) has been awarded the Times of India Social Impact Award 2015, in the NGO environment category, for its effort in ensuring access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation in Bihar and Gujarat. AKRSP’s work in water and sanitation includes the construction of 7,300 toilets and access to safe and pure drinking water to nearly 29,000 households in rural Gujarat and Bihar. 

  • The government of Tanzania has said it will continue to improve the working environments in the rural areas by extending social services to keep public servants in their working places. Speaking at the graduation ceremony of Aga Khan University-Dar es Salaam, Minister of Health and Social Welfare Dr. Seif Rashid said the country wants to ensure that the welfare of its citizens improves.

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