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  • One of Afghanistan’s most impressive historic sites is the Herat Citadel – dating back to Alexander the Great. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) will soon commence restoration work of this highly important historic site in Afghanistan. In a recent interview, Ajmal Maiwandi, the Chief Executive Officer for AKTC in Kabul, explains the history of the Herat Citadel, why it is important for the future of Afghanistan, and how to make culture and history accessible.

  • Building Mobility into the Future of Education

    July 11, 2014 - CIO-Asia, Gary Newbold

    The “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trend is gaining popularity in Asia Pacific and the region will continue to witness strong growth, driven by burgeoning consumer demand for smartphone and tablet. Many institutions have already started investing in new wireless technologies and networks that not only provide high performance and full coverage, but also enable adaptive, cost-effective classrooms and learning spaces that provide greater accessibility to both faculty members and students, alike.

  • Munir Presents Credentials to Foreign Minister

    July 10, 2014 - Bangla News 24

    Munir M, Merali, the Aga Khan Development Network's (AKDN) Resident Representative to Bangladesh presented his credentials to Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday. In accepting his credentials, the Foreign Minister welcomed the AKDN Representative to Bangladesh and wished him success in his responsibilities as the Network’s first Diplomatic Resident Representative to the country. The Minister also conveyed his appreciation and thanked Aga Khan for his continued support towards the institutional development of the country.

  • 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.

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