"The satisfaction of needs for medicine, food, education and housing, even if accomplished, is not enough for the health of any community or society. Values and ideals, and the identities to which they relate and give form, have always been important for humankind. They give direction and points of reference in the face of rapid change. Successful development requires community engagement and mobilisation, but it also needs to occur in a cultural context which preserves individual local values and ideals."
His Highness the Aga Khan, at the inauguration
of the restored Baltit Fort, 29 September 1996
BBC Earth Report on AKDN Work in Northern Areas of Pakistan
After turning the spotlight on Azhar Park, the BBC Earth Report takes a look at integrated area development in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. The restoration of landmark buildings like the Baltit Fort in Hunza and the Amburiq Mosque (seen at left) in Baltistan are departure points for a fresh look at how AKDN's economic, social and cultural programmes all work in concert to improve the quality of life. The film will be shown seven times on BBC World television over the next week. All times listed below are United Kingdom times (GMT is one hour earlier).
Another Award for Conservation Efforts in Pakistan
The Amburiq Mosque, the first mosque built in Baltistan, received a UNESCO 2005 Asia Pacific Heritage Conservation Award of Merit. The project was praised for its "sensitive conservation programme which was undertaken by the Aga Khan Cultural Services of Pakistan. The building and its courtyard have now been returned to modern use as a community museum, giving renewed life to one of the region’s historically and socially significant structures". For more information, please see the UNESCO site. For more information on this site, see recent awards and the Historic Cities Programme home page. Please also see the press release on the Shigar Fort restoration.
Microfinance Programmes Launched in Burkina Faso and Mali
The First Microfinance Agency (Premiere Agence de Microfinance (PAMF) was launched in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in July 2005. Microfinance activities were also launched in the northern part of Mali. In Burkina Faso, a central objective is to assist seasonal workers in the generation of income during the off-season. Loans are intended for income-generating activities designed to improve agricultural productivity, as well as for acquiring livestock and establishing small enterprises in rural areas. Representatives will serve disadvantaged communities through a network that is expected to grow to over 150 microfinance agents by 2007. In Mali, activities will begin in the north of the country and will focus on poverty alleviation. For more information, please see the Burkina Faso and Mali press releases and the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance page.
Kyrgyz Ensemble Tengir-Too Will Be Featured at World Music Expo
The jury of the World Music Expo WOMEX, which is dedicated to the promotion of traditional classic, roots, folk and ethnic music, voted to showcase Ensemble Tengir-Too of Kyrgyzstan at the 11th edition of the Festival. Tengir-Too is promoted and supported by the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia (AKMICA). The 11th Edition of WOMEX is scheduled to take place 26th-30th October 2005, in Newcastle, UK, at The Sage Gateshead.
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