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  • Tajikistan exported 1.1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to neighboring Afghanistan in 2014. Tajikistan’s total electricity export in 2014 amounted to 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours, including 236 million kWh to Kyrgyzstan. New transmission lines will be built in Tajikistan to supply four Tajik villages and 17 Afghan villages with reliable, cross-border power. The project is jointly funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and Norway, and implemented by Aga Khan Development Network.

  • Four Schools, a Teacher Training Center and a Hospital Inaugurated in Kunduz

    January 19, 2015 - Wadsam-Afghan Business News Portal

    As part of its stabilization program for northern Afghanistan, the Afghan-German Cooperation handed over six newly constructed buildings to the local government in several districts of the Kunduz province. Germany’s stabilization program for northern Afghanistan helps districts strengthen their social infrastructure. Together with the Aga Khan Development Network, the German Government works closely with various ministries, local government entities and departments to improve access for citizens to education and healthcare for citizens. 

  • Changing Lifestyle Requires Change in Industry

    January 19, 2015 - Times of India

    A summit was organized by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to create awareness among entrepreneurs about the current economic scenario in India. Around 550 businessmen and aspiring entrepreneurs came from various corners of the country to be a part of the event. One portion of the event exhibited the work done by AKDN, and a talk on women's empowerment.

  • Diamond Trust Bank has opened four new branches in Kampala, Uganda. According to the Chief Executive Officer, the new branches at Owino, Nansana, Lugogo Bypass and Kabalagala are aimed at serving client segments proficiently, including farmers, traders, and students. 

  • 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.

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