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  • AKFB Holds Seminar on Early Childhood

    August 27, 2014 - The Daily Observer

    The Aga Khan Foundation, Bangladesh (AKFB) held a seminar on the 'Early Childhood Development Support Program' at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre recently. AKFB has a collaborative arrangement with the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education in the area of pre-primary education. The project strengthened both the technical and organizational capacity of local partners and reached over 30,000 marginalized young children and parents, including children of mothers working in garment factories and tea-gardens and those living in the disaster-prone coastal areas.

  • Heritage Restoration: Our Promise to the Future

    August 27, 2014 - Asia Society India Centre, Tarini Ranadive

    The Asia Society India Centre partnered with Christies to host a conversation between Tasneem Mehta, Managing Trustee and Honorary Director of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Ratish Nanda, Project Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, William Robinson, Head of Islamic Art for Christies and moderator Girish Shahane, Artistic Director of the India Art Fair, to discuss the significance and challenges of restoration architecture in conserving cultural heritage. Ratish Nanda provided valuable perspectives and insight about heritage restoration, particularly of Islamic art.

  • Reading Their Way Out of Poverty

    August 26, 2014 - Frontlines, Kathy Sweeney

    The importance of reading to children is taking center stage in Tajikistan, giving rise to more libraries, trained librarians and actively involved parents. In 2012, USAID established the Reading for Children project in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation to support pre-primary literacy in Tajikistan. Pre-primary literacy is considered a critical building block for success during subsequent stages of schooling, and a critical step to ending extreme poverty.

  • Experts Praise Hydropower as Cheapest, Cleanest Energy

    August 23, 2014 - The Reporter, Yemane Nagish

    Experts who carried out extensive research on alternative sources of energy for development activities praised hydroelectric power as the most preferable sector countries need to invest in. Emmanuel Olet, program officer at Nile Basin Initiative, based in Entebbe, is among the experts who recommended the building of hydropower dams in member states of the Nile basin. In his study entitled “The Nile and Development: Dams, Power, Infrastructure and Industry,” Emmanuel stressed on the extremely important part of environment friendly and clean energy sources.

  • Aga Khan Museum to Open Next Month

    August 21, 2014 - Canadian Architect

    The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, which is dedicated to presenting an overview of the artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage, will open its doors to the public on September 18, 2014. The Museum’s permanent collection of over 1,000 objects includes masterpieces that reflect a broad range of artistic styles and materials.

  • Aga Khan Museum to Open Next Month

    August 21, 2014 - Daily Nation

    The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto will open its doors to the public on September 18. Designed by Fumihiko Maki, the museum shares a 6.8-hectare site with Toronto’s Ismaili Centre, which was designed by architect Charles Correa. The surrounding landscaped park, designed by Vladimir Djurovic, will provide an exciting new green space for the city of Toronto. “We have learnt that the world of Islam and the Western world need to work together. This will effectively build a mutual understanding — especially as these cultures interact and intermingle more actively,” the Aga Khan said.

  • The recent visit by His Highness the Aga Khan opened up Tanzania to greater investments in the economic and social development of the country. The Aga Khan, who has been a friend of Tanzania since before independence, is a keen follower and partner in the socio-economic development of nations in Africa and Asia. The Aga Khan Development Network agencies presently active in the country span from social sectors such as health and education, to economic and cultural such as banking, tourism, telecom, insurance, infrastructure, cultural and historic cities programs in Zanzibar to name a few.

  • A new 2.5 kilometer road connecting the Khorog Intercity Road to the Dasht Village was completed by the University of Central Asia (UCA) recently. The two-lane Dasht road is part of several infrastructure projects completed by UCA, which are essential for full-scale construction to begin, and have employed to some 250 local residents. The road took five months to complete and connects the University’s Khorog main campus site to the upper Dasht plateau, where many local communities reside.

  • Aga Khan Foundation - India Extends Humanitarian Support to Afghanistan

    August 19, 2014 - Yahoo! News, Neelapu Shanti

    The Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) have been working in Afghanistan for nearly two decades now. Dr. Matt Reed, CEO, Agha Khan Foundation, India said, "India's contributions to Afghanistan’s development through the AKDN have been substantial. We have a large number of Indians that have worked for us in Afghanistan, bringing their knowledge from a whole variety of sectors, ranging from world development health care, education, financial services, mobile telephony and other sectors." The engagement started in 1995, during Afghanistan's civil war.

  • FMIC Expands Services, Health Programs

    August 19, 2014 - Afghanistan Times, Akhtar M. Nikzad

    The French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) laid the cornerstones of the mother and child house, Postgraduate Medical Education Program building extension, and staff house in its existing campus in order to expand effective health services and programs in Afghanistan aimed at serving needy Afghans better. Ms. Nurjehan Mawani, the Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Afghanistan, said that “FMIC has achieved excellence in many fields in healthcare in Afghanistan.

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