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  • A landmark international study tracked almost 60,000 pregnancies from a diverse selection of countries. They found that the babies were overwhelmingly similar in size under the condition that they were born to well-educated mothers in good health who ate well during pregnancy. This means the global disparity in baby size reflects the health and wealth gaps, rather than race and ethnicity as previously thought.

  • Leading development professionals, policy makers and community representatives gathered in Thatta district of Sindh, Pakistan to attend the inception workshop on "Climate Resilient Communities in Coastal Lying Areas of Sindh project" organized by Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS,P), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network.

  • The Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have signed an agreement for $5 million under the Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility. The agreement with EBRD will enable KICB to continue implementation of the program on providing loans and grants to the clients of KICB for improvements of energy efficiency of buildings, commercial property and energy infrastructure. KICB was founded in 2001, the authorized capital of the bank amounts to $17.5 million.

  • Roshan, Afghanistan's leading total communications provider, announced today that it received awards and special commendations at both the 2014 Asia Communication Awards (ACA) and the 2014 Financial Times/International Finance Corporation (FT/IFC) Transformational Business Awards.

  • Leading development professionals, policy makers and community representatives gathered in Thatta, Pakistan, to attend the first workshop for ‘Climate Resilient Communities in Coastal Lying Areas of Sindh’ project organized by the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service Pakistan (AKPBSP), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

  • Educating and training parents and other caregivers in basic childcare skills could have a significantly positive impact on the mental and physical development of disadvantaged children, especially those most at risk, shows a recently published study that utilized the Lady Health Workers program to get results.

  • Between Co-operation and Isolation

    July 1, 2014 - Afghan Analysts Network, Christian Bleuer and Said Reza Kazemi

    In the NGO Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN)'s most recently published (74-page) report "Between Co-operation and Insulation," Christian Bleuer and Said Reza Kazemi “focus especially on local and regional security trends involving Afghanistan and the Central Asian republics [Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan].” Regarding the links between Tajikistan and Afghanistan, the researchers note that, “apart from a large bridge connecting Kunduz province to Tajikistan's Khatlon province, six small bridges connect Afghanistan and Tajikistan in the Badakhshan region.

  • On Sunday, September 21, 2014, around 2,200 participants will walk to end global poverty in the annual Birmingham Partnership Walk at Railroad Park. The Birmingham Partnership Walk is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) to raise awareness and funds that reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health in Africa and Asia.

  • The University of Central Asia (UCA) celebrated its sixth annual graduation ceremony on June 28th. Over 175 graduates from the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) and the Aga Khan Humanities Programme (AKHP) received certificates in professional development and skills building program. In his welcoming address, UCA Director General Bohdan Krawchenko emphasized the University’s commitment to equip students with internationally recognized qualifications that meet the socio-economic needs of Tajikistan.

  • Monumental Task: Saving India’s Rich Heritage

    June 29, 2014 - Hindustan Times

    India is blessed with an extraordinary wealth of architectural treasures. However, this has also made the preservation, conservation and maintenance of monuments a difficult and ongoing task. Perhaps, the most famous conservation project in recent times has been on Humayun’s tomb. To some used to seeing aging, brown and black gates, the first sight of the creamy white gate was disconcerting. However, a conversation with Ratish Nanda, Project Director, Humayun’s Tomb-Sundar Nursery-Nizamuddin Basti Urban Renewal Initiative, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, clears any misgivings.

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