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  • 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.

  • A television broadcast from Africa CCTV explores the life and the work of His Highness the Aga Khan, focusing specifically on his work in the African continent. The broadcast discusses the role of the Aga Khan Development Network and how it aims to improve the quality of life for all citizens. Segments highlight the Aga Khan Academies, Bujagali Hydropower Project, and health initiatives.

  • The jury for the Times of India Social Impact Awards selectedthe Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) as one of two winners in the NGO category. They noted that AKRSP has consistently impressed the people of India with its work on forestry and joint forest management. AKRSP currently reaches over 1100 villiages in India and has worked with over 500,00 people. 

  • Auckland, New Zealand witnessed a grand exhibition called "Rays of Light - A glimpse into Shia Ismaili Imamat." "Rays of Light" is a photographic and multimedia exhibition depicting His Highness the Aga Khan’s lifelong commitment to improving multiple facets of the human condition. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of His Highness the Aga Khan’s work through the Aga Khan Development Network in increasing global engagement and promotion of equitable human advancement and social justice throughout the world as part of the mandate of the office of the Ismaili Imamat. 

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