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  • 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.

  • World Tourism Day Observed

    October 7, 2014 - Bakhtar News

    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.

  • Tunnel Linking Ring Road and Mathura Road May Hit ASI Hurdle

    October 7, 2014 - Indian Express, Sumegha Gulati

    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.

  • Toronto’s New Islamic Art Museum Aims to Express a Non-Threatening Islamic Identity

    October 4, 2014 - The Washington Post, Philip Kennicott

    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 - New Eurasia Citizen Media

    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.

  • Urban Landscape- Aamir Kanji Gardens

    September 30, 2014 - CKarachi, Zeeshan Valliani

    The Aamir Kanji Gardens are nothing less than surreal. Formally inaugurated on December 19, 2013 by His Highness the Aga Khan, the Aamir Kanji Gardens sees approximately 20,000 visitors and has garnered a reputation for its unique landscaping in the city of Karachi. Previously a plain strip of road, the space’s transformation into a serene landscape has been led by the Lebanon-based Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture group. Mr Djurovic has had an extensive association with the Aga Khan Development Network.

  • President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai Meets Prince Karim Aga Khan

    September 30, 2014 - Office of the President of Afghanistan

    President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai met on Monday with the Spiritual Leader of the Ismaili Muslims, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan. The bilateral meeting was held at the Presidential Palace, where Prince Karim Aga Khan congratulated Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on his election as the President-elect of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Prince Aga Khan said that he was honored to have attended the President’s inauguration ceremony. Read the full story from the Office of the President of Afghanistan here.

  • Prince Karim Aga Khan Hails Former President Hamid Karzai

    September 29, 2014 - Khaama Press, Ghanizada

    Prince Aga Khan was among the several foreign dignitaries who attended the presidential inauguration which was the first peaceful transition of power in the history of Afghanistan. Prince Aga Khan reaffirmed support to Afghanistan and the Afghan people during his meeting the former president, the statement said. Karzai also hailed the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for supporting Afghanistan during the past 13 years and urged for continued support of the Aga Khan network in Afghanistan.

  • More than a thousand people walked Sunday to try and end global poverty in downtown Orlando. It was all to benefit Aga Khan Foundation which raises awareness and funds to reduce poverty and hunger in Africa and Asia. This year marks the 20th anniversary for Partnership Walk events, which will be held in nine major U.S. cities. Organizers say it's an event where people can make a tremendous contribution but simply lacing up their shoes and getting the word out.

  • Amburiq Mosque: Restored Spirituality

    September 28, 2014 - Ashiq Faraz

    The historical Amburiq mosque in Shigar was restored to its glory after years of neglect. The neglect took a visible toll on the structure, especially after the earthquake it witnessed 90 years ago causing it to tilt westwards, the mosque was finally restored in 1998. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Asian-Pacific Heritage award-winning project was undertaken by the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP) along with the local community who provided labor and knowledge of mud building techniques to restore the mosque to its original form.

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