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  • An in-depth interview with Karim Khoja, CEO of Roshan Telecom, Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications provider with over 6 million active subscribers, discussed the founding of the company, its evolution over the last decade, critical challenges to operating in an incredibly tough environment, plans for growth beyond its borders, and much more. Read the full interview from Forbes here.

  • Leadership Key in Implementing Ethical Business Models

    February 16, 2014 - Khaleej Times, Abdul Basit

    The role of leadership in implementing ethical business models that demonstrate benefits to all stakeholders was echoed by speakers at a knowledge forum hosted by Ismaili Centre Dubai. The keynote speakers at the event included Apparel Group chairman Nilesh Ved and Sultan Ali Allana, chairman of Habib Bank Ltd and director of Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). Allana talked about AKFED’s role in the betterment of communities in different countries.

  • Generosity Amid Want

    February 13, 2014 - The New York Times, Bina Shah

    Given its dependence on foreign aid and its high level of foreign and domestic debt, Pakistan has always been seen abroad as a country with a begging bowl around its neck. In 2008, for example, $3.6 billion in foreign economic assistance flowed in, but about half of it was needed to service debt. What helps save the society is a culture of giving, interwoven into the fabric of how people live and worship. Pakistan also has a strong network of philanthropy.

  • Central Asia: Trying to Give Social Entrepreneurship a Boost

    February 12, 2014 -, Katya Kumkova

    A non-profit alliance co-founded by organizations including the Aga Khan Foundation, US Agency for International Development and Ashoka, is aiming to promote social entrepreneurship in Central Asia. On February 11, the Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship presented its initial report, “Mapping Social Entrepreneurship in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan,” in New York. A second presentation, featuring the report’s author, Myrza Karimov, took place on February 14 in Washington, DC.

  • With more than 50 percent of women in the developing world delivering babies without the assistance of skilled health personnel, Rotary, a global humanitarian service organization, and Aga Khan University (AKU), a private non-denominational university, are together increasing access to trained health professionals for mothers and infants in East Africa. The first class of 24 Rotary-sponsored scholars will graduate this month from AKU's campuses in East Africa, in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing, or Diplomas in General Nursing.

  • PM: Thanks for Good Causes Keen on Partnership

    February 9, 2014 - The Citizen, Saumu Mwalimu

    Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda of Tanzania has said that the government is committed to supporting innovation and quality service provided by private sector institutions, especially in social and human development. He was speaking at the launch of the Rays of Light exhibition organized by the Ismail Council of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. The exhibition is meant to showcase the work of Prince Aga Khan in promoting equitable human progress and social justice in the world.

  • Ismaili Community Hailed Over Education, Health Contribution

    February 9, 2014 - Daily News, Masembe Tambwe

    Former Tanzanian President Ali Hassan Mwinyi, has commended the Ismaili community in the country for their contribution in the education sector particularly in molding kindergarten pupils into better people. Speaking at the Rays of Light exhibition as part of the Golden Jubiliee celebrations of the Aga Khan, President Mwinyi said, "Talking about the contribution that the Ismaili community has made to education in this country is like taking cloves to Pemba.

  • SEACOM CEO, Mark Simpson Resigns

    February 7, 2014 - IT News Africa, Chris Tredger

    Pan-African Telecommunications enabler SEACOM has announced the resignation of CEO Mark Simpson. Earlier this year Simpson was quoted as saying, "during the past year, we have seen terrific progress. Our investments in West coast capacity, our African ring and meshed IP networks have started to come into their own – developments that have been really good for SEACOM’s customers.” SEACOM founder and original CEO, Brian Herhily will assume control over the company.

  • New Varsity Campus in Pipeline

    February 7, 2014 - Daily News

    The Aga Khan University in Dar es Salaam plans to begin construction of a permanent educational development campus by the end of this year. Read the full article from Daily News here.

  • Fresh Move to Protect Mothers, Children

    February 6, 2014 - Daily News, Pius Rugonzibwa

    Members of the private sector have pledged to come up with new initiatives to increase their contributions to the well-being of maternal and child health care in the country. The commitment was reached during a roundtable discussion co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Canadian High Commission in Tanzania, and the Aga Khan Development Network. The agenda examined how members can be involved in the promotion of improved healthcare, particularly maternal, newborn, and child health.

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