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February 2002 Bulletin

His Highness the Aga Khan“The Development Network is already scaling up its efforts, in collaboration and with the support of the international community, to enable Afghans to transform their existence from extreme poverty, to choice and opportunity, within a context that safeguards, for each of them, their right to their own identities, and to preserve and practice their faiths and traditions. In this regard, we would like particularly to recall the Islamic ethical principles that emphasize the right of each individual to the interpretation of his faith without coercion; respect for life, compassion and sharing; inclusiveness; self-reliance; social responsibility for the greater good; the pursuit and use of knowledge for the benefit for all; and good governance.”

Statement delivered at the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan announcing a multi-year commitment of US$75 million by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to help rebuild Afghanistan.


Aga Khan Announces US$ 75 Million Commitment to Afghanistan
His Highness the Aga Khan The Aga Khan Development Network's (AKDN) recovery, reconstruction and long-term development programme in Afghanistan will span many regions of the country and include agriculture-based rural development, food and seed security, rehabilitation of capital infrastructure, provision and upgrading of health and education services from the primary to the tertiary levels, institution and capacity building, especially at the community-level, and the restoration of cultural heritage. For more information, please see the Tokyo Conference Press Release and the full text of the Aga Khan's Statement. For more information on the humanitarian assistance carried out in Afghanistan by FOCUS, an AKDN-affiliated organisation, over the past seven years, please see the press release on emergency relief efforts in preparation for winter in Afghanistan and the press release on Focus' Humanitarian Assistance Programmes in Afghanistan.

The European Commission has Approved a Grant of Rs. 110 Crores (Euro 25.5 million) for Rural Development in Gujarat
During the next ten years, Aga Khan Foundation's implementing partner, the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) will conduct activities benefiting households in over 1000 villages in the state of Gujarat, which continues to suffer from the detrimental effects of the 2001 earthquake. The new programme will address emerging regional problems, such as depleting groundwater and recurrent droughts. For more information, please see the press release and the Foundation's Rural Development page.

AKF’s approach to rural development emphasises the strengthening of local institutions at the village level. Through community participation - long a hallmark of the Foundation's development activities - beneficiary communities themselves make or control decisions regarding how to manage saving and credit schemes, manage natural resources, create and maintain productive infrastructures, introduce techniques to increase agricultural production and develop professional competencies.

Portugal Gives Aga Khan Foundation Euro 1 Million to Alleviate Rural Poverty in Mozambique
The Portuguese Agency for Development (Agência Portuguesa para o Apoio ao Desenvolvimento) (APAD) has approved a grant of one million Euros for a long-term rural development programme launched by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and aimed at some 120,000 people in Mozambique’s northernmost province of Cabo Delgado. The grant will help fund activities in the Quissanga district and on the island of Ibo for the coming three years and will later be extended to other coastal districts of Northern Mozambique. For more information, please see the press release.

Canada’s Prime Minister Chretien and the Aga Khan Discuss Central Asia and Reconstruction of Afghanistan
Prime Minister Chretien and the Aga Khan outlined a framework within which the Aga Khan Development Network and Canada will address humanitarian issues. The framework will be built on a long-standing collaboration - between Canadian institutions and the Aga Khan Development Network - which extends across many fields and several countries. The Aga Khan Foundation Canada has, for 20 years, been an important partner of the Canadian International Development Agency in a series of programmes ranging from rural development in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Tajikistan to early childhood education in East Africa. For more information, please see the press release.

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