Press Releases

  • On Monday, April 21, 2014, three runners in the Boston Marathon will race to raise funds to help end global poverty. The Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. is honored to be a partner charity for the 2014 Boston Marathon. The tragedy that occurred at the 2013 marathon spurred a wave of solidarity with the people of Boston and renewed public commitment to defusing the causes of extremism. As an organization inspired by the universal principles of pluralism, compassion and human dignity, the Foundation works to end poverty and strengthen the fabric of civil society, often in places where it has been torn by conflict. The Foundation works for the common good of all citizens, regardless of their gender, origin or religion. For the AKF Run Team, running 26.2 miles through Boston is a chance to embody that commitment.

  • Today 144 golfers took a swing at ending global poverty by raising $180,000 net in the annual Houston Partnership Golf tournament at the Redstone Club in Houston. The Houston Partnership Golf tournament is an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) to raise awareness and funds that reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health in Africa and Asia. One hundred percent of all donations and net proceeds from the tournament go directly to projects supported by the AKF USA; not a cent is spent on administration.

  • Children affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa will have a chance for a better start in life and a more promising future because of the educational initiative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. This new partnership, a joint venture between the two organizations, will train community leaders to help improve the odds for young children affected by HIV and AIDS. The first in a series of training courses was launched today in Nairobi, Kenya for the inaugural cohort of 25 participants.

  • The Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) and the World Bank have inaugurated a program to identify factors and strengthen social cohesion in the Kyrgyz Republic and pilot new social and infrastructure approaches for studying the elements and enabling factors for civil society. The strong coalition of implementing and research partners also includes the Aga Khan Foundation (Kyrgyzstan), the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme, the University of Central Asia, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

  • The Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) and the World Bank Group (WBG) signed an agreement making AKF USA a donor and partner to the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) as it supports civil society engagement and capacity building. Under the agreement, AKF USA will contribute $500,000, including $250,000 in-kind support to the GPSA, a multi-million program managed by the World Bank Group.  Aga Khan University's Graduate School of Media and Communications, based in Nairobi, will also train selected civil society organizations (CSOs) to better engage and strengthen the role of media in promoting accountability and transparency. When CSOs have the skills and ability to work with communities, media and government, it benefits society at large. 

  • On Thursday, senior representatives of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Afghanistan gathered for the second Steering Committee meeting for the Multi-Input Area Development Global Development Alliance (MIAD GDA). The MIAD GDA, launched in March, is an innovative partnership between the AKDN and USAID to help improve the quality of life of citizens of Afghanistan’s Badakhshan Province by linking the public and private sectors to support long-term social and economic development.

  • Today, 7,000 participants demonstrated their commitment to end global poverty in the annual Houston Partnership Walk / Run at Sam Houston Park. The Houston Partnership Walk is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) to raise awareness and funds that reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health in Africa and Asia. Today’s event raised over $1.4 million for AKF USA programs worldwide.

  • On Monday, October 28, 2013, scores of golfers will take a swing at ending global poverty in the first annual Memphis Partnership Golf tournament at the Ridgeway Country Club, a premier golf course at the foot of the Santa Monica mountains. The Memphis Partnership Golf tournament is an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) to raise awareness and funds that reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health in Africa and Asia.

  • Today, 1,800 participants showed their commitment to end global poverty in the annual L.A. Partnership Walk at the Santa Monica Pier. The L.A. Partnership Walk is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) to raise awareness and funds that reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health in Africa and Asia. Today’s event raised over $360,000 for AKF USA programs worldwide.

  • Today over 1,200 participants showed their commitment to end global poverty in the annual Orlando Partnership Walk at Lake Eola Park. The Orlando Partnership Walk is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) to raise awareness and funds that reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health in Africa and Asia. Today’s event raised over $210,000 for AKF USA programs worldwide.

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