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  • In Afghan Village Buried by Mudslides, Hopes of Finding Survivors Fade

    May 4, 2014 - The Washington Post, Tim Craig

    A landslide triggered by heavy rain buried large sections of a remote northeastern Afghan village May 2, killing at least 350 people and leaving more than 2,000 missing. Hundreds of survivors, many of whom live in huts on an adjoining slope, gathered on a ridge seeking food and shelter. Several United Nations vehicles were on the scene, but village elders were taking the lead in assessing who was in most urgent need of assistance.

  • Honor for India’s Green Heroes

    May 3, 2014 - The Times of India

    The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) was honored for their innovative water management methods at the Earth Care Awards in India. By decentralizing water management in villages, AKRSP hit on an environmentally friendly way of dissolving caste barriers. They won an award for 'Community-based Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change.' "A typical drinking water system in a village involves an underground bore-well, from which water is pumped to overhead tanks and then goes to public water-taps.

  • Small Banks Win Big in Regional Awards Event

    May 3, 2014 - The East African, Joshua Masinde

    Small and medium-sized commercial banks in East Africa are increasingly offering better prices to attract the large depositors; moreover, following a decade of stability within the industry in the wake of stringent regulatory requirements, more corporations are gaining faith in local players. Among the small and medium lenders that won top awards were Tanzania’s FBME Bank, Uganda’s Centenary Bank, Kenya’s Diamond Trust Bank (which also has a presence in the East African region) and Rwanda’s Bank of Kigali.

  • At this year’s Global Donors Forum held in Washington, DC, Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, the Chairman of the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP), highlighted the importance of philanthropy for nation building. He traced the roots of systemized philanthropy in Islam and enlightened the audience about the various ways in which Islam and other religions encourage and ordain philanthropy. He stressed upon the importance of organized philanthropy for promoting social investment, formation of a strong civil society and in turn, a strong nation.

  • The University of Central Asia (UCA) and Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Badakhshan University (BU) in Afghanistan to establish a continuing education unit at BU. Under the agreement, UCA’s School of Continuing and Professional Education will develop the professional competencies for international certification of instructors who will teach in the BU Continuing Education Unit. UCA will also develop learning resources; establish English and information technology international testing centers.

  • New children’s books, developed by the Aga Khan Foundation and Kyrgyzstan Mountain Societies Development Support Program, were officially launched during a roundtable with senior officials from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic. The stories and poems, written by local authors, highlight the importance of diversity, friendship and tolerance towards environment.

  • Magic Touch in Class with ‘Abracadabra’ Cartoon Software

    April 27, 2014 - Daily Nation, Rebecca Okwany

    Unlike regular classrooms, where students follow lessons on the blackboard under the guidance of the teacher, with Abracadabra, the teacher spends only a few minutes to introduce the topic, then leaves the rest of the learning time to the software. The use of the software is a joint initiative of the Aga Khan Development Network and Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. It aids students in numeracy, reading, and comprehension skills. Interested teachers from local Kenyan public schools were put through a training program at Aga Khan Academy last year.

  • Reaffirmation of Islamic Philanthropy

    April 24, 2014 - Foreign Policy Association, Abukar Arman

    The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, guided by a vision of building “a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable world generously endowed by ethical, inclusive, and effective philanthropy,” has given birth to the Academy of Philanthropy, and Global Donors Forum. The latter was recently held in Washington, D.C. area. Faith-inspired philanthropy is nothing new.

  • In early July key figures from East Africa’s growing Healthcare industry will come together in Tanzania for the East Africa Healthcare Summit 2014, a two day conference and exhibition packed full of presentations and topical discussions on new developments and increasing opportunities in the region. There is a great demand for investment in Africa’s healthcare sectors. Half of Africa’s health products and services are delivered by the growing private sector. Attending the recent Africa Healthcare Summit in London, Mr.

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