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  • Quantum Jump in Donations to Charities

    July 22, 2014 - Dawn, Shahab Nafees and Ali Haider

    The total amount of donations Pakistanis make each year is estimated to run in the billions of rupees. While gauging the exact figure is difficult given the undocumented nature of the country’s economic activities, experts have evidence-based estimates. Islamabad-based NGO Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) assumes that private donations amounted to around Rs200 billion to Rs300bn last year. These figures are based on a report of the National Survey of Individual Giving, undertaken by the Aga Khan Development Network in 1998-99.

  • Room to Read Steers Tanzania towards Literacy

    July 22, 2014 - The Citizen, Edward Qorro

    The 2013 Human Development Report, which measures achievement on three basic dimensions—life expectancy, education and per capita gross domestic product—ranks Tanzania 152nd out of 187 countries. Room to Read is an innovative and dynamic non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education for children in the developing world. It aims to provide children access to quality educational infrastructure and a range of critical resources.

  • EBRD Supports Regulatory Framework for Mobile Financial Services in Tajikistan

    July 21, 2014 - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the central bank of Tajikistan in creating a regulatory framework for mobile financial services in Tajikistan, which was launched as a pilot project today in Dushanbe. A range of organizations were consulted throughout the project, including local financial institutions, the central bank of Tajikistan, the Aga Khan Foundation, IFC, GIZ and mobile operators. Their input was incorporated into the regulatory guidelines and the drafting of laws is currently underway.

  • Empowering Indian Youth

    July 21, 2014 - The Times of India, Madhu Khatri

    By 2020, India's population is expected to become the world's youngest; more than 500 million Indian citizens will be under 25 years of age and more than two thirds of the population will be eligible to work. This means that a growing number of India's youth need the right educational infrastructure to develop skills and adequate opportunities to get employed or become entrepreneurs. Cultivating and encouraging innovative entrepreneurs is the ultimate goal of these initiatives.

  • Habib Bank Launches Islamic Banking

    July 18, 2014 - Daily News, Diresh Jayasuriya

    Habib Bank (HBL), with more than six decades of operations in Sri Lanka, recently launched Islamic Banking. “By launching Islamic banking operations we are re-affirming our commitment to this country,” the Bank's Country Operations Manager Khawar Mahmood said. Read the full article from the Daily News here.
    The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development is the majority shareholder of HBL.

  • On July 23, 2014, Pan-African telecom enabler SEACOM will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its commercial launch, by donating time and providing support to communities that need assistance across the countries where it does business. "Doing something valuable with some of the communities we assist through our corporate social investment program has become tradition for our annual Foundation Day.

  • During a two-day visit to Central Asia, the University of Central Asia (UCA) Board Executive Committee and senior members of UCA’s management toured the University’s main campus site and programs in Khorog, the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO). Accompanied by Akbar Ali Pesnani, Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Tajikistan, the Committee also visited AKDN projects, including Khorog City Park. During this visit, the Executive Chairman of the Committee, Mr.

  • Survey Reveals Improvement in Mother, Child Nutrition

    July 16, 2014 - Afghanistan Times

    A survey released Tuesday revealed an improvement in mother and child nutrition across Afghanistan. The survey conducted by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), with the technical and financial support of UNICEF, the Central Statistics Office, Aga Khan University and the Silk Route Training and Research Organization, is the first national survey since 2004 about nutrition level in Afghanistan that covered all 34 provinces.

  • 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.

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