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  • The Aga Khan University library has emerged the overall winner of the “Maktaba Award” (Library of the Year Award) for 2014. This award was presented to the University at a colorful ceremony presided over by Dr. Auma Obama (President Obama’s sister) at the Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museums of Kenya. The Aga Khan University (AKU) took top honors in the Academic Libraries category and also scooped the overall prize for “Kenya Library of the Year”.

  • Issues related to state and prospects of further expansion of cooperation between Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) were the focus of a meeting of Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Aslov with AKDN Resident Representative for Tajikistan Ali Akbar Pesnani that took place here on October 13. According to the Tajik MFA information department, the sides exchanged views on a number of projects and programs of AKDN in Tajikistan. 

  • The Government of Canada Announces Initiatives to Mark the International Day of the Girl Child 2014

    October 10, 2014 - Canada's Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development

    A project aimed at improving access to healthy and safe primary schools and preschools will launch in Mali with the goal of improving access to quality education for more than 58,000 girls and boys in the Kayes, Koulikoro, Sikasso, Ségou, and Mopti regions.

  • The Aga Khan Foundation’s 20th anniversary Partnership Walk at Central Park, Lake Elizabeth on October 19 will mark the 100th walk since the very first Walk in Los Angeles in 1995, attracting over 440,000 participants over almost two decades. Partnership Walks across the nation are an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation USA to raise funds and awareness to help vulnerable communities in Africa and Asia to create long-term solutions to overcome poverty.

  • The Aga Khan University Library Tops Awards List

    October 9, 2014 - Daily Nation, Jennifer Muiruri

    The Aga Khan University library has been named the overall winner of Maktaba Awards, beating 77 others to clinch the top prize. The university was also awarded top honors in the academic libraries categories besides scooping the overall prize for Library of the Year in a ceremony held at the National Museum of Kenya recently.

  • A pilot project on "Women's Entrepreneurship Development in Kyrgyzstan" was held in Osh. Trainers from Bishkek conducted sessions on financial literacy, business planning, leadership and communication skills. Similar projects will take place in other regions of Kyrgyzstan from 13 to 15 October in Naryn, from 15 to 17 October in Karakol.

  • Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, welcomed three new partners to the Saving Brains Grand Challenge: Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Norlien Foundation and World Vision Canada. These organizations strengthen the existing partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation.The news coincides with an announcement of more than $2.9 million in funding for 11 new bold ideas aimed at improving the early brain development of infants and children in low-resource countries.

  • World Tourism Day Observed

    October 7, 2014 - Bakhtar News

    The fourth national conference on tourism industry in Afghanistan was marked by the ministry of information and culture in coordination with Aga Khan Foundation the other day.

  • Tunnel Linking Ring Road and Mathura Road May Hit ASI Hurdle

    October 7, 2014 - Indian Express, Sumegha Gulati

    A proposal to build a tunnel linking Delhi’s Ring Road with Mathura Road may require assessment of the project’s impact on archaeological sites, including Humayun’s Tomb. Ratish Nanda, project director with Aga Khan Trust for Culture, noted that professionally prepared studies on the impact of large projects like the Ring Road should be mandatory. Under Nanda’s leadership, the restoration work at Humayun’s tomb was carried out— the first-ever privately funded restoration of a World Heritage Site in the country.

  • Toronto’s New Islamic Art Museum Aims to Express a Non-Threatening Islamic Identity

    October 4, 2014 - The Washington Post, Philip Kennicott

    The Aga Khan is a smiling man, genial, with twinkling eyes and never less than a faint trace of benign good will turning up the corners of his mouth. He smiled all the way through a speech last month at the opening of the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, especially while alluding to the innate happiness embodied in the branch of Shiite Islam of which he is the spiritual leader, Ismailism: “We are a community that welcomes the smile,” he said.

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