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  • 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.

  • Reviving the Afghan Musical Soul

    January 2, 2015 - BBC News

    For many years in Afghanistan, all forms of music were banned by the Taliban, who ruled from 1996 to 2001. Now, a new generation of musicians are attending the Aga Khan Music School to ensure that Afghanistan's cultural traditions can continue. Watch the video from BBC News.

  • DTB Bank Supports Amana Hospital

    January 1, 2015 - Daily News

    Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) has donated medical facilities to Amana Regional Referral Hospital. The DTB Manager in Dar es Salaam, Mr. Waziri Kindamba, said  that, “giving back part of the gains to the public has been the bank’s tradition.” Some of the items donated included stretchers, dressing drums and mattress forms. Mr Kindamba encouraged others to give in order to allow the Hospital to continue providing quality health services to citizens.

  • .The December 20 edition of The Lancet, a medical journal, published the results of its year-end photography competition to highlight important health issues. Aga Khan Health Services' Midwifery School in Bamyan province was featured amongst the twelve winners. The piece highlights the importance of skilled birth attendants. Since the development of the Midwifery School, deliveries conducted by birth attendants in Bamyan province have increased from 37·2% in 2007 to 64% in 2013.

  • The European Union Delegation and the United Nations Children’s Fund in Tajikistan, in cooperation with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, organized an event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The event focused on raising awareness on the rights of all children, in particular children with disabilities, and promoting rights of children to grow up in a family environment. The event gathered together 120 representatives of the diplomatic community.

  • Frontlines: Afghanistan

    December 19, 2014 - USAID

    The end of 2014 marks a significant moment in history for the U.S. relationship with Afghanistan. In health care, education, women’s rights, economic growth and elections, the country has made progress that some considered impossible even 10 years ago. Read the new FrontLines for more on USAID's successes and challenges in the country, including updates on ongoing partnerships with USAID and Aga Khan Foundation. 

  • Manuscripts Rescued

    December 18, 2014 - The Art Newspaper, Gareth Harris

    A series of 15th- and 16th-century manuscripts, smuggled out of Timbuktu in 2012 go on show this week at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture in Mali and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The exhibition, “Timbuktu Renaissance”, includes 16 original manuscripts with texts about science, politics and law. The art historian Julie Chaizemartin described the achievement as “one of the biggest cultural rescue operations ever in the context of an exacerbated political-ideological war.”

  • Conservation of Mountain Heritage Urged

    December 15, 2014 - The International News

    An eight-day Pakistan Mountain Festival concluded on Sunday, with the purpose of conservation of mountain heritage. Visitors pledged to keep disseminating the message of conservation, and agreed to help mainstream mountain heritage and cultural traditions.

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