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  • Rethinking ‘Islamic Art’

    January 13, 2015 - Wall Street Journal

    The recently opened Aga Khan Museum is the first institution in North America devoted primarily to what it terms the “artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Islamic civilizations.” The museum is a Fumihiko Maki building that uses light and shadow to create a a spacious environment. Its stated mission is to impress upon visitors the variety and high quality of what is often referred to as “Islamic art.” The museum uses beauty to lure viewers to appreciate the distinctiveness among Muslim civilizations.

  • Nation Media Group Appoints Public Editor

    January 12, 2015 - Business Daily

    The Nation Media Group has appointed veteran journalist Peter Mwaura as its first-ever public editor to handle readers’ concerns and questions. This appointment is in line with Nation's commitment to self-regulation and willingness to open up to criticism. "It will be [Mwara's] task to ensure the Nation Media Group is transparent, accessible, and accountable" said executive Linus Gitahi.

  • Weave Words the Dastangoi Way

    January 10, 2015 - Hindustan Times

    Dastangoi, the 16th century art form of Urdu storytelling, has seen a surge in popularity in these contemporary times. In Delhi, Dastongoi workshops have become mainstream, training even youth from the Nizamuddin basti, under a project supported by Aga Khan Trust for Culture. 

  • The Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) signed agreement for 2 million US dollars under the Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility. Mr. Kwang Young Choi, CEO of KICB said that this "demonstrates commitment of KICB to promote energy efficiency initiatives in Kyrgyzstan." KICB was established in 2001 and is now the largest commercial bank in Kyrgyzstan.

  • The Aga Khan Hospital in Tanzania is finalizing discussions with Amana Regional Referral Hospital to embark on a Public Private Partnership to improve health services. The Aga Khan Regional Chief Executive Officer said the relationship will allow Amana hospital to refer patients to Aga Khan Hospital. The Aga Khan Hospital has played a vital role in providing services that were previously found in hospitals out of the country, thereby assisting the government to cut down on costs of taking patients abroad or to neighbouring countries for treatment.

  • Nizamuddin: Makeover for the Mystic's Abode

    January 3, 2015 - Business Standard

    Nearly 10 years ago, the scene in the Nizamuddin Basti was dramatically different. Unemployment and illiteracy were rampant, the clinic was in shambles, and the streets were lined with filth. Then, the Aga Khan Development Network stepped in and started the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative. Today, Walking down the lanes of Nizamuddin Basti is like stepping into another world.Schoolchildren can be seen helping a mosaic artist adorn the walls of a park. Women make their way into the neighbourhood women-only gymnasium. Community members help clean community toilets.

  • Reviving the Afghan Musical Soul

    January 2, 2015 - BBC News

    For many years in Afghanistan, all forms of music were banned by the Taliban, who ruled from 1996 to 2001. Now, a new generation of musicians are attending the Aga Khan Music School to ensure that Afghanistan's cultural traditions can continue. Watch the video from BBC News.

  • DTB Bank Supports Amana Hospital

    January 1, 2015 - Daily News

    Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) has donated medical facilities to Amana Regional Referral Hospital. The DTB Manager in Dar es Salaam, Mr. Waziri Kindamba, said  that, “giving back part of the gains to the public has been the bank’s tradition.” Some of the items donated included stretchers, dressing drums and mattress forms. Mr Kindamba encouraged others to give in order to allow the Hospital to continue providing quality health services to citizens.

  • .The December 20 edition of The Lancet, a medical journal, published the results of its year-end photography competition to highlight important health issues. Aga Khan Health Services' Midwifery School in Bamyan province was featured amongst the twelve winners. The piece highlights the importance of skilled birth attendants. Since the development of the Midwifery School, deliveries conducted by birth attendants in Bamyan province have increased from 37·2% in 2007 to 64% in 2013.

  • The European Union Delegation and the United Nations Children’s Fund in Tajikistan, in cooperation with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, organized an event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The event focused on raising awareness on the rights of all children, in particular children with disabilities, and promoting rights of children to grow up in a family environment. The event gathered together 120 representatives of the diplomatic community.

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