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Aga Khan Award for Architecture at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris - 2013 Recipients: Five Projects for a Sustainable World
26 March 2014 - An exhibition entitled "5 Projets pour un monde responsable" ("Five Projects for a Sustainable World") was inaugurated today. The Exhibition, which focuses on the 2013 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, will be on display at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, in the Palais de Chaillot (Trocadéro), Paris, from 26 March until 12 May 2014.

LIVE WEBCAST: His Highness the Aga Khan delivers Ogden Lecture at Brown University
10 March 2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan’s Ogden Memorial Lecture on International Affairs at Brown University will take place on 10 March 2014.

LIVE: His Highness the Aga Khan addresses the Parliament of Canada [Floor-High]
27 February 2014 -

LIVE: His Highness the Aga Khan addresses the Parliament of Canada [EN-High]
24 February 2014 -

EN DIRECT: Son Altesse l’Aga Khan délivre une allocution au Parlement du Canada [FR-High]
24 February 2014 -

LIVE: His Highness the Aga Khan addresses the Parliament of Canada [Floor-Low]
24 February 2014 -

LIVE: His Highness the Aga Khan addresses the Parliament of Canada [EN-Low]
24 February 2014 -

EN DIRECT: Son Altesse l’Aga Khan délivre une allocution au Parlement du Canada [FR-Low]
24 February 2014 -

Video test page for Parliamentary address
24 February 2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan's address to the Parliament of Canada will be streamed live on akdn.org directly from the Canadian Parliament on 27 February 2014 with their official permission. Use this test page to verify that your web browser is properly configured to watch the video.

Live coverage of His Highness the Aga Khan’s address to Canadian Parliament
25 February 2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan has been invited by the Prime Minister of Canada to deliver a historic address to the Canadian Parliament on 27 February 2014.

His Highness the Aga Khan to Address Canadian Parliament
07 February 2014 - The Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper announced today that he has invited His Highness the Aga Khan to deliver an historic address to Parliament, during an official visit to Canada later this month.

His Highness the Aga Khan Visits Berlin
05 February 2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan today met with Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, to discuss cooperation between the German government and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

Young Social Entrepreneurs Receive Awards from the University of Central Asia
04 February 2014 - Six winners of the "Change the World Around You!" social entrepreneurship competition received up to US$2,500 each to implement innovative projects in their communities across the Kyrgyz Republic.

Archnet.org 2.0: Leading Website on Architecture, Design and Conservation Issues in the Muslim World Relaunched
31 January 2014 - Archnet.org, the Leading Website on Architecture, Design and Conservation Issues in the Muslim World, has been restructured and reimagined.

AKDN and Lions Clubs Collaborate to Plant 10 Million Trees by 2014; Additional 15 Million to Be Planted
09 December 2013 - On 9 December, Serena Hotels staff, experts from the Aga Khan Foundation, volunteers from the Lions Clubs of Kenya and local people came together to plant 11,000 trees as part of a civil society initiative that is contributing to the Government of Kenya’s goal of 10 percent forest cover by 2030.

Prince Rahim Aga Khan Opens new Diamond Trust Bank Headquarters, Visits Other Projects
17 January 2014 - Prince Rahim, the eldest son of His Highness the Aga Khan, attended the opening of the new corporate head office of Diamond Trust Bank, one of the oldest financial entities of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. The next day, he inaugurated the newly restored Jubilee Arcade in Mombasa.

Video: Highlights of the 2013 Aga Khan University Convocation
23 December 2013 - His Highness the Aga Khan presided over the 26th Convocation of the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan on 19 December 2013, in which he set out a vision for AKU to expand into the liberal arts and open seven graduate schools.

His Highness the Aga Khan Visits Afghanistan
21 December 2013 - The Aga Khan met with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, as well as ministers and senior officials of the Government of Afghanistan.

Aga Khan Visits Pakistan
16 December 2013 - In a series of high-level meetings in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, the Aga Khan discussed development issues with Pakistan’s president, Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and government ministers.

Aga Khan Awarded the 2013 Gold Medal
27 November 2013 - The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada awards His Highness the Aga Khan the 2013 Gold Medal, their highest distinction, at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, Canada.

Global Earthquake Preparedness: Drop, Cover and Hold On
15 October 2013 - On Thursday 17 October, millions of people around the world will be participating in The Great ShakeOut, an annual drill that teaches people around the world how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake.

Video - Ethical, Effective, Pluralistic: The Aga Khan Academies
24 September 2013 - The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad is part of a global network of schools that produces future leaders, who are ethical, effective and pluralistic.

Video - Humayun's Tomb: Reviving History, Rebuilding Lives
24 September 2013 - The Aga Khan Trust for Culture restored Humayn's Tomb in Delhi, created a city park conserving some 30 monuments, and improved the quality of life of the community living in the the adjacent Nizamuddin Basti.

Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India to Be Inaugurated
16 September 2013 - The Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad is a new, not-for-profit school situated on a 100-acre campus near the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. It will be inauguratedby the Union Minister of Human Resources and the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network.

Humayun’s Tomb Conservation Completed
13 September 2013 - The restoration of the Mughal Emperor Humayun’s 16th century garden tomb, the jewel of Mughal architecture that predates the Taj Mahal, has been completed. Six years of conservation works and 200,000 work days undertaken by master craftsmen have been required to restore the Tomb’s Mughal finery.

Aga Khan University and Catholic University of Portugal reaffirm cooperation
06 September 2013 - The Aga Khan University (AKU) and the Catholic University of Portugal (CUP) on Thursday agreed to renew and expand cooperation in a number of academic fields.

Sustainability Over Spectacle: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (Part 2)
06 September 2013 -

In the 36 years since the Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established, it has recognised a broad array of projects, from office towers to affordable housing developments; the restoration of heritage to radical innovations in the built environment. But what the winning projects have in common is that each is an example of how architecture can make society a better place to live, says journalist Ayesha Daya.

Video - Recipients of the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture
06 September 2013 - Recipients of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 6 September 2013, Lisbon, Portugal

Sustainability Over Spectacle: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (Part 1)
03 September 2013 -

In 1970s, a group of intellectuals came together at Aiglemont, France, to bend their minds towards a pressing problem: how to arrest the decline of architectural traditions across the Muslim world and help these societies rediscover the confidence to shape their built environments in the image of their own values and identities? Journalist Ayesha Daya describes how the questions they raised, their deliberations and debates gave way to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Two abducted AKDN staff released in Afghanistan
23 August 2013 -

Update for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture App Now Available
29 May 2013 - A 2013 update for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture app is now available for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch from the iTunes app store. If you have the app installed, you will be prompted to install the update. Both the app and the update are free.

Music and Voices of the Silk Route Celebrate Nowruz at Portuguese Parliament
02 April 2013 - As part of a week-long programmes celebrating Nowruz, musicians from the Silk Route performing with the Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) presented a specially curated concert programme in the Senate Room of the Portuguese Parliament. Nowruz marks the beginning of Spring, which is a cherished holiday in the Silk Route region. A second concert was performed at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon on the 27th of March.

Aga Khan Trust for Culture Hosts Jashne Khusrau Festival in Delhi
11 February 2013 - As part of a major Urban Renewal project in the Humayun’s Tomb-Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti area of Delhi, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) is hosting the Jashne Khusrau festival with the support of the Ford Foundation from 15 February onwards.

Programme Notes for "New Sounds from Arab Lands"
11 February 2013 - Programme notes for "New Sounds from Arab Lands"

AKDN Quality of Life Assessment Programme Brochure
11 February 2013 - The AKDN Quality of Life Assessment Programme brochure encompasses the programme’s core concepts, methodology, the assessment framework, domains and indicators and key principles.

Agreement Clears Way for Aga Khan Trust for Culture to Begin Rehabilitation of Nairobi City Park
29 November 2012 - On 29 November 2012, Kenya’s Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Raila Odinga, joined His Highness the Aga Khan at the signing of an agreement to rehabilitate Nairobi City Park. The works will also improve the site’s amenities and public safety, as well as provide the necessary infrastructure to maintain the natural and cultural heritage of the park.

Transcript of a Conversation between His Highness the Aga Khan and Synergos Founder Peggy Dulany at the Synergos University for a Night Event
22 October 2012 - Transcript of a conversation between His Highness the Aga Khan and Synergos Founder Peggy Dulany at the Synergos University for a Night event on 22 October 2012. Introduction by Bob Dunn, President of the Synergos Institute.

Aga Khan Receives David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award
22 October 2012 - As part of Synergos’ University for a Night series, His Highness the Aga Khan was awarded the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award.

The International Aid Transparency InitIATIve (IATI)
29 June 2012 - The UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) has committed to publishing data about work that it funds in order to meet the IATI standard. In response, AKF(UK) is publishing information about its DFID-funded work in India on the IATI website and on the AKDN.org website.

Aga Khan Music Initiative and SOAS Sign Collaboration Agreement, Co-host “Musical Geographies of Central Asia” Conference and Concert
16 May 2012 - The Aga Khan Music Initiative and the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies have signed a wide-ranging, five-year collaboration focused on building expertise in the music and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia and South Asia. SOAS and the Initiative also hosted a confernece entitled "Musical Geographies of Central Asia”, 16-18 May 2012.

Aga Khan Visits Singapore (31 March - 2 April 2012)
02 April 2012 - His Highness the Aga Khan paid a working visit to Singapore from 31st March to 2nd April 2012 during which he held discussions with the country's President, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam and its Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong.

Aga Khan Visits Malaysia (29 March - 30 March 2012)
31 March 2012 - His Highness the Aga Khan undertook a two day visit to Malaysia in connection with ongoing collaboration between agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network and institutions in Malaysia.

Ski Afghanistan: A Backcountry Guide to Bamyan & Band-e-Amir
16 March 2012 - Ski Afghanistan is published as part of the Bamyan Ecotourism Programme, which is developing sustainable tourism in Bamyan to help preserve and develop the history and culture of the region, to provide employment and to give local people the ability to improve their living standards.

University of Central Asia Publishes “Ancient Monuments of Tien-Shan”
06 March 2012 - "Ancient Monuments of Tien-Shan", by Kubat Tabaldiev, was published by the University of Central Asia. Based on 20 years of archeological research in the Naryn and Issyk Kul regions, the book presents evidence of the rich heritage of the area.

Children’s Books Focusing on Pluralism and Tolerance to Reach All Schools in Kyrgyz Republic
19 January 2012 - An agreement to reprint 90,500 copies of dual-language children’s books aimed at promoting peace, tolerance and respect for diversity among primary school children was signed. The books will be distributed to all 2,204 schools in the country.

App for Aga Khan Award for Architecture Now Available
17 January 2012 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture app is now available for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch from the iTunes app store

AKPBS Nominated for 2012 Zayed Energy Prize
12 January 2012 - The Aga Khan Planning and Building Services’ (AKPBS) Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP) is one the finalists of the 2012 Zayed Future Energy Prize. The prize recognizes and rewards outstanding work in renewable energy and sustainability.

AKTC Launches Guidebook of Humayun’s Tomb for Children
22 November 2011 - AKTC has created a guidebook to Humayun's tomb in Delhi, India, geared towad the 300,000 children who visit the site every year.

Music Initiative at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
18 November 2011 - As part of the opening of New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum will co-present a concert of new music featuring music commissioned by the Aga Khan Music Initiative on 9 December 2011

US State of Illinois and the Ismaili Imamat Sign Cooperation Agreement
07 November 2011 - The US State of Illinois signed an historic agreement with the Ismaili Imamat to expand collaboration in the areas of education, environmental stewardship and management, health sciences, library and information sciences, infrastructure development, agricultural sustainability and culture.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar and Public Lecture Series in Malaysia
31 October 2011 - Five Malaysian recipients of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and the Award’s Director, Mr. Farrokh Derakhshani, participated in a one-day seminar on architecture held in Penang on 29 October 2011.

The Arts of Darb al-Ahmar, Cairo
25 October 2011 - "The Arts of Darb al Ahmar", a catalogue showcasing the unique arts of Egyptian craftspeople who work in the district of Darb al-Ahmar, at the heart of Historic Cairo, is now available.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Discusses New Silk Road Initiative; Lauds AKDN for “Creating Opportunities for the Tajik People”
23 October 2011 - At the “Town Hall with Women, Youth, and Civil Society”, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton thanked the AKDN for working to "create opportunities for the Tajik people”.

A Celebration of the Poetry and Music of Pakistan in Paris
07 October 2011 - The Aga Khan Music Initiative and Théatre de la Ville team continue their 3-year partnership with a two-day celebration of Pakistani music and poetry at the Théatre de la Ville in Paris on the 8th and 9th of October 2011.

UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education, Khorog supports Roof of the World Festival 2011
12 September 2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - Issue 94

AKTC Receives 2011 UNESCO Award for Culture Heritage Conservation
02 September 2011 - The restoration of Altit Fort in Hunza, in Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan province (an Aga Khan Trust for Culture project) has received an Award of Distinction at the 2011 UNESCO Asian-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

AKF Supports the Global Compact on Learning
26 August 2011 - The Aga Khan Foundation is supporting the "Global Compact on Learning: Taking Action on Education in Developing Countries"

UCA Mountain Societies Research Centre Co-Hosts International Events: International Symposium on Pastoralism in Central Asia & World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) Events
11 August 2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - Issue 93

Mountain Societies Research Centre: A New Initiative of the University of Central Asia
04 August 2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - Issue 92

His Highness the Aga Khan meets with the Secretary General of the East African Community
29 July 2011 - His Highness the Aga Khan met with His Excellency Ambassador Dr Richard Sezibera, the Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) at the EAC Headquarters in the Arusha International Conference Centre. The two discussed how the AKDN could continue to contribute to the regionalisation of East Africa and the forthcoming campus being developed by the Aga Khan University in Arusha.

University of Ottawa Faculty trains SPCE Instructors for English for Academic Purposes Programme
05 July 2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - Issue 90

World Bank Managing Director Dr Okonjo-Iweala
01 July 2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - issue 89

Kazakhstan’s school students receive ICDL professional certification
27 June 2011 - University of Central Asia - Issue 88

University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education officially opens its Bishkek Learning Centre
03 June 2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - Issue 86

University of Central Asia opens new building in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic; Graduates 100 learners from School of Professional and Continuing Education
02 June 2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - Issue 92

First Afghan learners graduate from SPCE, Khorog
30 May 2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - Issue 84

Overview of the Polana Hotel
16 December 2010 - Situated in the heart of Maputo on four hectares of lush grounds, the Polana has long been regarded one of Africa’s leading hotels.

Microfinance Bank in Pakistan Receives CGAP’s Silver Category Award for Social Reporting
07 December 2010 - For the second consecutive time, the First MicroFinanceBank Ltd. Pakistan, an institution of the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, was awarded a certificate of recognition in the silver category for reporting on social indicators to the Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) by CGAP.

French Government Bestows Honors for Contributions to Culture
09 November 2010 - His Highness the Aga Khan Receives Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters and Prince Amyn Aga Khan Receives Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Update on Global Centre for Pluralism
07 October 2010 - The Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism, Canada’s new international research and education centre dedicated to the study and practice of pluralism worldwide, gathered in Ottawa today for its inaugural two-day meeting. When fully operational, the Centre will serve as a global repository and source for knowledge and know-how about fostering pluralistic values, policies, and practices in a variety of settings. It will enable international policy dialogue; academic and professional development; provide advisory services; and support research and learn

His Highness the Aga Khan joins Heads of State in Mali for 50th Anniversary of Independence
20 September 2010 - His Highness the Aga Khan was today received by President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali, upon his arrival in Bamako.

University of Central Asia’s Kyrgyz Campus Completes Critical New Infrastructure
08 September 2010 - A new three-kilometer diversion of the Naryn State Road constructed by the University of Central Asia (UCA) -- one of several infrastructure projects completed by UCA that are essential for full-scale construction to start -- was formally handed over by UCA to the Naryn Oblast Administration. Other critical infrastructure projects include the significant strengthening of the banks of the Naryn River, the planting of over 40,000 trees and the construction of test buildings.

Update on FOCUS and AKDN response to Pakistan Floods
03 September 2010 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan has been actively involved in response and relief efforts following continued rains and massive floods affecting various parts of the country.

KfW Signs Agreement on Expansion of AKPBS Water and Sanitation Programme
09 August 2010 - To improve drinking water supply and sanitation conditions in Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan, Germany’s KfW will provide a grant of Euro 3.12 million for the implementation of the second phase of the Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP) – a programme run by the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS,P).

Act of Honesty by Serena Hotel Employee Applauded by Governor
27 July 2010 - The Governor of Punjab, His Excellency Salman Taseer, gave an award and cash prize to Essa Khan of the Gilgit Serena Hotel for returning US$ 50,000 to a hotel guest. Mr. Khan found the US$ 50,900 in a room vacated by a guest who had been staying at the Hotel.

Directory of Indian Government Scholarships Released
27 July 2010 - To make information on government scholarships more accessible to socially and economically marginalised communities and available in a user-friendly form, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has published a directory on financial support schemes for school education in India.

AKPBS Programmes Cited in UN Good Practices Publication
30 June 2010 - AKPBS's Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP) and Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP) in Pakistan have been cited as Good Practice Cases in the 2010 UNDG MDG Good Practices publication.

BBC World's "Heritage Heroes" Series Featured Aga Khan Trust for Culture
22 June 2010 - The Aga Khan Trust for Culture was featured on BBC World's "Heritage Heroes" Series, which aired on BBC World 3 July @ 0130, 0830 GMT and 4 July @ 1430, 2030 GMT

Climate Resilience Workshop in Tajikistan
14 June 2010 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance in collaboration with the Government of Tajikistan, DFID and SDC, hosts Climate Resilience Workshop in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Continuing Education Centre Opens in Aswan
10 June 2010 - The Continuing Education Center (CEC), an initiative of Om Habibeh Foundation (an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network), was opened to provide new graduates with the skills necessary to be employed in the labour market and offer practical employment-related training to the youth of Aswan and Upper Egypt. The ultimate goal is to foster economic development.

National Energy Globe Award for Aga Khan Planning and Building Services in Pakistan
06 June 2010 - The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service’s (AKPBS,P) Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP) in Pakistan was awarded a national Energy Globe Award during a ceremony marking UN World Environment Day. The award recognises projects that “make careful and economical use of resources and employ alternative energy sources”.

Aga Khan and Canadian Prime Minister Preside at Foundation Ceremony of the Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and Park in Toronto
28 May 2010 - His Highness the Aga Khan and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper were in Toronto today to mark the Foundation of the Ismaili Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park situated in the city’s Don Mills area.

Collaboration between the Kronos Quartet and the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia
24 March 2010 - The Aga Khan Music Initiative and the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet have inaugurated a pioneering musical collaboration that brings the quartet together with leading musicians from Azerbaijan and Afghanistan to compose, arrange, and perform new music rooted in Central Asian tradition.

Aga Khan Announces New Graduate School of Media and Communications at Pan-Africa Media Conference in Nairobi
18 March 2010 - His Highness the Aga Khan announced the establishment of the Aga Khan University Graduate (AKU) School of Media and Communications at the Pan-Africa Media Conference.

His Highness the Aga Khan addresses the Marketplace
on Innovative Financial Solutions for Development

04 March 2010 - His Highness the Aga Khan delivered introductory remarks at a conference in Paris co-hosted by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank.

Music of Central Asia Volumes 7-9: In the Media
04 March 2010 - Press coverage of the release of the Music of Central Asia CD/DVD series, an initiative of the Aga Khan Music Initiative in collaboration with Smithsonian Folkways.

Improving Learning Achievement in Early Primary in Low-Income Countries: A Review of the Research
01 March 2010 - The paper reviews some of the available evidence on a range of interventions for primary education in low-income countries. It considers the effectiveness of these interventions for children’s learning achievement and the contexts within which they have proven to be effective – or not. Particular attention is given to the earliest years of school.

Jashn e Khusrau, A Festival of Poetry and Music as Part of Delhi Urban Renewal Programme
01 March 2010 - Jashn e Khusrau, a festival of poetry and music to be held 4-14 March 2010 as Part of the Humayun’s Tomb-Sunder Nursery-Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti urban renewal programme.

Music Initiative Releases Three New Volumes of Music of Central Asia CD-DVD Series
25 February 2010 - Music of Central Asia, the Aga Khan Music Initiative’s panoramic 10-volume audio-visual survey of contemporary tradition-based music from Central Eurasia, has added three new CD-DVD sets that expand the scope of Music of Central Asia both geographically and conceptually – by encompassing different regions of Uzbekistan as well as India and by showcasing the Music Initiative’s cross-cultural collaborations.

A Guide to Improving Disaster Resilience in Mountain Communities
22 January 2010 - Working with the people of Gorno-Badakhshan and the Government of Tajikistan, Focus Humanitarian Assistance has developed a guide that expands on indigenous knowledge and more recent practices to create a comprehensive guide to planning for, responding to and recovering from disasters.

His Highness the Aga Khan receives "Prix de l’Entrepreneur philanthropique de l’année 2009"
17 December 2009 - His Highness the Aga Khan receives "Prix de l’Entrepreneur philanthropique de l’année 2009" - the "Philanthropic Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Award" presented to him by Le Nouvel Economiste, at a ceremony held at the Cour des Comptes in Paris, France.

The US State of Texas and the Ismaili Imamat sign a landmark cooperation agreement
30 October 2009 - Governor Rick Perry of Texas and His Highness the Aga Khan signed a historic agreement in Austin on 30 October 2009, to expand collaboration in the areas of education, health sciences, natural disaster preparedness and recovery, culture and the environment. It stipulates that Texas and the AKDN will support partnerships between their respective educational institutions.

Building Disaster-Resilient Communities in Afghanistan
11 October 2009 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) is currently implementing a Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) project designed to increase awareness and disaster-resilience in highly vulnerable communities in Afghanistan. The aim is to strengthen the capability of these communities to anticipate, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters.

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