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Introduction

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) focuses on the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalisation of historic urban environments. It’s programmes include: the Aga Khan Award for Architecture; the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme; the Aga Khan Music Initiative; the on-line resource Archnet.org; the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada.

Integrating Culture in the Development Process

SPOTLIGHT ON CULTURE

Integrating Culture in the Development Process

An important lesson arising from AKDN experience has been that there are few area development contexts in which a single institution can have the necessary impact on the quality of life. Rather, a broad spectrum of national and international partners must be engaged in the process of area development. More

 

News Archives

Discovery Documentary on Humayun's Tomb in Delhi to Be Aired in India Starting 27 July 2015
21 July 2015 - A new documentary, entitled "Revealed: Humayun’s Tomb", on the Aga Khan Trust for Culture's restoration of Humayun's Tomb in Delhi, will be aired on the Discovery Channel in India starting on the 27th of July 2015.

Aga Khan Music Initiative Presents Kronos Quartet and Mali’s Trio Da Kali at Montreux Jazz Festival
10 July 2015 - The Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Montreux Jazz Festival again joined forces -- this time to present a musical collaboration between the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet and Mali’s Trio Da Kali.

Inauguration of the Ayyubid Wall and Tarabay al-Sherif Complex Projects in Cairo
18 June 2015 - The restoration of the Tarabay al-Sherif Complex and 1.5 kilometres of the historic Ayyubid wall were inaugurated on 16 June 2015 in Cairo by the Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh El Damaty, the Governor of Cairo, Galal Said, and Luis Monreal, General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

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History

Baltit Fort, Northern PakistanBaltit Fort, Northern Pakistan, restored by the Aga Khan Historic Cities ProgrammeThe Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which was founded in 1988, is registered in Geneva, Switzerland, as a private, non-denominational, philanthropic foundation. It is an integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a family of institutions created by His Highness The Aga Khan, with distinct yet complementary mandates to improve the welfare and prospects of people in countries in the developing world, particularly in Asia and Africa.

Though their spheres of activity and expertise differ - ranging from social development, to economic development, to culture - AKDN institutions share at least three principles that guide their work. The first is a dedication to self-sustaining development that can contribute to long-term economic advancement and social harmony. The second is a commitment to the vigorous participation of local communities in all development efforts. Finally, all Network institutions seek shared responsibility for positive change. They actively work to facilitate collaborative ventures, seeking potential partners - from universities and governments, to foundations and international development agencies, to individual and corporate donors or investors - on the basis of shared objectives and the complementarity of resources.

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