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  • At an event co-hosted by Aga Khan Foundation Canada and the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, emphasized the need for innovative partnerships and financing to maximize health results for mothers and children in developing countries. "Leveraging the capital, innovation and technical know-how of the private sector and working together with Canadian and international partners can provide a much more strengthened approach to tackling these problems,” said Brown.

  • Matchless Tolerance of the 18th Century Brass Astrolabe

    March 25, 2014 - The National, Rym Ghazal

    The 18th century brass astrolabe, an instrument for measuring movements of the moon and stars, was engraved by maker Haji Ali in Latin and Arabic, but Hebrew characters are also faintly visible. For Dr. Henry Kim, the director and chief executive of the new Aga Khan Museum, this object is redolent of a more tolerant age about which we may have forgotten. “What people often find surprising about art and artefacts from the Islamic civilization is their secular nature, and how often they embraced all religions and different facets of cultures,” Dr. Kim says.

  • Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre a Dramatic Intrusion of Elegance

    March 24, 2014 - The Star, Christopher Hume

    It isn’t every day, or decade, that the city gets a beautiful new museum, not just paid for and fully stocked, but located in a part of town where architectural excellence is rare. Toronto’s next important cultural institution, the Aga Khan Museum, and the Ismaili Centre next door, will open this fall. The two stone-clad structures sit in a formal Islamic garden adapted to one of the most visible sites in Toronto, a 6.8-hectare high point known to countless commuters.

  • The Amazing Things Discovered at the Shahi Hammam

    March 24, 2014 - Dawn, Majid Sheikh

    Last Tuesday I set off to see some excellent work underway by the Walled City of Lahore Authority, with the assistance of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture with the financial backing of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad. As I entered Delhi Gate the first monument to the left is the ‘Shahi Hammam’ – The Royal Baths. I remember bureaucrats until recently used this place for very special parties. It was even rented out as a wedding hall.

  • Trees and plants are the prime source of environmental purification and beautification. Gilgit Serena Hotel celebrated the “Spring Tree Plantation for Carbon Emission Awareness” at the Special Children Education Complex Gilgit. 80 fruits trees were planted within the premises of the complex. Read the full article from Pamir Times here.

  • Uganda: Aga Khan's Smart Telecom Move

    March 22, 2014 - All Africa, Peter Nyanzi

    Smart Telecom Uganda, which was launched on March 17, is operated by Industrial Promotional Services (IPS), a subsidiary of the Aga Khan Fund for Development (AKFED). The new telecom company enters a market dominated by old boys MTN and Airtel but, which over the years, has proved to be a difficult one for new comers. However, Lutaf Kassam, the IPS managing director, was positive that Smart Telecom is here to stay. Read the full article from All Africa here.

  • Tanzania Gets 8th Telecoms Company

    March 20, 2014 - The Citizen, Felix Lazaro

    A new telecommunications company, Smart, was launched yesterday. Smart joins Zantel, Airtel, Vodacom, Tigo, TTCL, Sasatel and Benson in the provision of telecommunications services in Tanzania. The network was officially launched by Industrial Promotion Services, the infrastructure and industrial development arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. Read the full article from The Citizen here.

  • Jubilee Insurance Targets Africa

    March 19, 2014 - Daily Nation, Ramenya Gibendi

    Jubilee Insurance Holdings plans to expand to an additional 12 regional countries by acquiring existing firms as it accelerates its pan-African expansion strategy. Company chairman Nizar Juma said on Wednesday they are targeting companies that are ready to sell their majority stakes in both Central, East and West Africa. Currently the insurer has presence in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Mauritius.

  • Mali’s Trail Blazers of Traditional Music

    March 19, 2014 - Voice of America, Heather Maxwell

    University of Maryland’s African music event entitled “Music, Mali, and Citizen Diplomacy” included Malian griot music (or jeliya) by Trio Da Kali and Malian rap by Amkoullel. The event was part of a larger U.S. tour series that featured a brilliant collaborative performance between Mali’s Trio Da Kali and America’s own Kronos Quartet. Trio da Kali is supported by the Aga Khan Music Initiative. Read the article from Voice of America here.

  • Afghans Cross Border to Study in Tajikistan

    March 19, 2014 - Institute for War & Peace Reporting, Sadunsho Janobalisho

    As Tajikistan prepares for the withdrawal of NATO-led troops from its southern neighbor Afghanistan, people on either side of the frontier are hoping that one aspect of cross-border traffic will be able to carry on unaffected–academic exchanges. Afghanistan and Tajikistan each have a province called Badakhshan, and the two are culturally as well as geographically close. Young people from the Afghan province have been heading north to take up places at the University of Central Asia, which has a campus in Khorog, the administrative centre of Tajik Badakhshan.

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