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  • Improving the quality of habitat by strengthening civil societySPOTLIGHT ON QUALITY OF HABITAT

    Improving the quality of habitat by strengthening civil society

    Because disasters resulting from climate change and other factors have increased the risks in urban housing cooperatives in India, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services have experimented with ways to improve the habitability of these cooperatives. Read  |  All spotlights



  • The AKDN in India Brochure (2011)SPOTLIGHT ON INDIA

    The AKDN in India Brochure (2011)

    On a visit to an AKDN rural support programme in the mid-1980s, His Highness the Aga Khan saw that, contrary to prevailing thinking that suggested rising incomes alone would solve poverty, there was a need to bring a variety of inputs and disciplines to bear in a given area. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Revitalising Zanzibar’s Stone TownSPOTLIGHT ON HISTORIC CITIES

    Revitalising Zanzibar’s Stone Town

    The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) has been active in Zanzibar since 1989, successfully completing the restoration of 11 landmark buildings (many of them on the point of collapse), upgrading housing and rehabilitating public spaces, notably Kelele Square and Forodhani Park. Inspired by His Highness the Aga Khan’s commitment to the preservation of historic cities in the Muslim world, AKTC has been working to prove cultural heritage can become a catalyst for positive change. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Disaster Resilience and HealthSPOTLIGHT ON HEALTH

    Disaster Resilience and Health

    Natural disasters in developing countries can have a particularly devastating effect, taking lives and wiping out the hard-earned assets of poor people in a matter of minutes. Compounding this loss is the destruction of vital buildings, including health facilities that are central to recovery but which are often as vulnerable as other parts of the infrastructure. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Partnering with GovernmentsSPOTLIGHT ON CIVIL SOCIETY

    Partnering with Governments

    In Afghanistan, AKDN is a facilitating partner of the Government’s National Solidarity Programme (NSP). Under the NSP, AKDN assists villages in establishing village-based Community Development Councils, electing an accountable and transparent Council leadership, formulating village development plans, and prioritising village needs. Read  |  All spotlights



  • The Enabling EnvironmentSPOTLIGHT ON ENABLING ENVIRONMENT

    The Enabling Environment

    In every country in which it works, the AKDN seeks to promote an enabling environment – the adoption of laws and policies that allow, favour and mainstream the creation of civil society institutions, promote good governance and foster a socially responsible private sector. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Building Accountable Village InstitutionsSPOTLIGHT ON CIVIL SOCIETY

    Building Accountable Village Institutions

    Identifying leaders, and improving the quality of the leadership, has been an important part of the work of the Aga Khan Foundation. Ultimately, the quality of governance is closely linked to the quality of elected leadership. Therefore, the Foundation works to groom leaders who are part of the village organisation. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Fostering LeadershipSPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION

    Fostering Leadership

    The conviction that home-grown intellectual leadership of exceptional calibre is the best driver of society’s future development, and that many developing country education systems are too engulfed by poverty and numbers to develop their talented young people, led His Highness the Aga Khan to found a network of catalytic centres of educational excellence in Asia and Africa, known as the Aga Khan Academies. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Responding to Emerging ChallengesSPOTLIGHT ON CULTURE

    Responding to Emerging Challenges

    When restoring Baltit Fort, in Hunza, Pakistan, it was the aim of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to use the restoration as a catalyst for the generation of new employment opportunities, the provision of training in jobs that were needed for a changing economy and the creation of new forms of governance to maintain and protect the area’s rich cultural heritage. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Building Human ResourcesSPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION

    Building Human Resources

    The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) at the University of Central Asia is the region’s first provider of formal, university-based, non-degree educational programmes, offering vocational, professional development and personal improvement opportunities to youth and adults. Its mission is to foster economic, social and cultural development. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Assuming OwnershipSPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION

    Assuming Ownership

    In the mid-1980s, Muslim leaders from Kenya’s coastal region requested assistance in improving the overall level of educational achievement of their children. The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) responded by working with local educators, community leaders and parents to set up the first madrasa pre-schools, so called because they used the facilities of traditional madrasas, or Qur’ãnic schools, which were largely unused in the morning hours. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Pluralism and GovernanceSPOTLIGHT ON CULTURE

    Pluralism and Governance

    Among the many components of good governance is one that is often overlooked: pluralism, which can be defined as appreciation, tolerance, and openness towards other peoples’ cultures, social structures, values and beliefs. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Enhancing CapabilitiesSPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION

    Enhancing Capabilities

    The quality of human resources in a country directly affects the quality of governance. Over the last 25 years, the Aga Khan University (AKU) has been mandated to have an impact on the quality of human resources in the developing world, particularly in the health sciences and education. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Strengthening Civil SocietySPOTLIGHT ON CIVIL SOCIETY

    Strengthening Civil Society

    Although democracy has been growing in the developing world, the UN still categorises 40 percent of its member states as "failed democracies". It has become clear to many governments that successful states require more than the introduction of democratic elections and political parties. Civil society, particularly indigenous NGOs, must play a central role in promoting good governance and accountability. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Educating Future LeadersSPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION

    Educating Future Leaders

    If education is considered one of the core components of lasting development, it follows that the quality of that education would be a major determinant of success. For this reason, the international network of Aga Khan Academies offers girls and boys from all backgrounds an international standard of education from pre-primary to upper secondary levels with a rigorous academic and leadership experience. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Ethics in Economic LifeSPOTLIGHT ON MICROFINANCE

    Ethics in Economic Life

    The ethical underpinnings of the AKDN require that its component institutions operate with the highest ethical standards. The administrative structures that are put in place, the strict codes of conduct that are enforced and the benchmarks which are used to measure performance are also meant to provide examples of good governance that can be emulated, whether it is in the management of finances at the village level or on a national scale. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Improving Diagnoses with Better Laboratory TestingSPOTLIGHT ON HEALTH

    Improving Diagnoses with Better Laboratory Testing

    Laboratory testing is the basis of most medical diagnoses, but in many developing world contexts, reliable laboratory testing is the exception rather than the rule. The Aga Khan University (AKU), as part of its outreach programme, has worked in recent years to solve this problem in Pakistan. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Advanced Nursing Studies Programme in East AfricaSPOTLIGHT ON HEALTH

    Advanced Nursing Studies Programme in East Africa

    The effectiveness of healthcare management and delivery is closely linked to the availability and quality of nursing. Yet in many places, there is little investment in the in-service support and training of nurses. Without recognition and a clear career path, many nurses leave their countries to take up opportunities overseas. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Rationalising Pharmaceutical UseSPOTLIGHT ON HEALTH

    Rationalising Pharmaceutical Use

    When subsidies for the health sector were withdrawn following the demise of the Soviet Union, the Tajik health system faced collapse. The hospital-based curative care programme was costly – and unsustainable in many areas. In response, AKDN worked with the Tajik government in poor areas, such as the remote Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast, to make the transition to community-based primary preventive care. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Sanitation and Health in IndiaSPOTLIGHT ON HEALTH

    Sanitation and Health in India

    Water supply and sanitation programmes have been central to most AKDN environmental health efforts. Programmes in sanitation and hygiene promotion are particularly important. In the Indian state of Gujarat, for example, a government programme to bring sanitation to all the state’s 18,000 villages features an annual “Nirmal Gram”, or Clean Village, award. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Nutrition and Healthy BehavioursSPOTLIGHT ON HEALTH

    Nutrition and Healthy Behaviours

    Primary healthcare measures, such as immunisation, are essential components of community health, but often overall health only improves when the community understands the causes of illness, knows how to avoid them and is open to changing behaviours. Knowledge about the advantages of breastfeeding and the need for vitamin-rich foods are two examples of how awareness campaigns can have a significant impact on overall health. Read  |  All spotlights



  • A Regional Centre of Medical Education in East AfricaSPOTLIGHT ON HEALTH

    A Regional Centre of Medical Education in East Africa

    The “brain drain” of medical professionals from developing to developed countries hampers the delivery of quality health programmes in many developing countries, but its cause is not simply the attraction of better paying jobs abroad. The quality of the equipment and the facilities, the availability of advanced training, and opportunities for research and career advancement also play a role in retention. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Culture and Health: Azhar Park and Darb al-AhmarSPOTLIGHT ON HEALTH

    Culture and Health: Azhar Park and Darb al-Ahmar

    Al-Azhar Park has proven to be a powerful catalyst for urban renewal in the neighbouring district of Darb al-Ahmar. But the stunning park is only the most visible part of a broad programme created to revitalise what was once one of the poorest districts in Cairo. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Research on the Urgent Health Issues of Developing CountriesSPOTLIGHT ON HEALTH

    Research on the Urgent Health Issues of Developing Countries

    The major determinants of health may be well known, but the relative importance of each – and the amount of resources dedicated to them – is often determined at the local level. Not surprisingly, the health concerns of the developed world – where much of cutting-edge research is conducted – are not always the same as the developing world. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Health and the Built EnvironmentSPOTLIGHT ON HEALTH

    Health and the Built Environment

    In Mali, AKDN’s health efforts concentrate on infant and maternal health. In the picture above, traditional midwives (in yellow and orange) greet the newly arrived matrone, or midwife (in green), in a case de santé, or health post, in Guidiowel, near Mopti, Mali. The matrone has been trained with the support of the Aga Khan Foundation and certified by the Ministry of Health. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Rebuilding Afghanistan's Health SystemSPOTLIGHT ON HEALTH

    Rebuilding Afghanistan's Health System

    Among Afghan women of childbearing age who die each year, almost half die from complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Nearly 90 percent of these deaths are preventable. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Preparing LeadersSPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION

    Preparing Leaders

    The Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, upgraded to a University teaching hospital in 2005, is at the centre of a major expansion of the Aga Khan University (AKU) in East Africa. A US$ 250 million Faculty of Health Sciences (AKU-FHS) is being created alongside the AKU teaching hospital in Nairobi. The AKU-FHS will be East Africa’s first private medical school of the first rank. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Knowledge and Resource Sharing through PartnershipsSPOTLIGHT ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Knowledge and Resource Sharing through Partnerships

    Partnerships between like-minded institutions can have enormous benefits – for scaling up proven programmes, reinforcing programme elements and, not least, for sharing best practices. For example, a group that is innovative but inexperienced in scaling up a project can call on another organisation’s expertise. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Integrating Culture in the Development ProcessSPOTLIGHT 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. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Enterprise DevelopmentSPOTLIGHT ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Enterprise Development

    The destruction of the agricultural infrastructure and a lack of training during the years of war in Afghanistan have severely hampered the country’s ability to feed itself. Compounding this problem are the market distortions caused by the drug trade, which have led farmers to abandon production of certain foods and gravitate towards production of opium. Until recently in northern Afghanistan, for example, most eggs were imported from Pakistan. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Comprehensive Solutions to Urban PovertySPOTLIGHT ON CULTURE

    Comprehensive Solutions to Urban Poverty

    As societies become increasingly urban, there is a growing demand for a better understanding of – and solutions to – the conditions of urban poverty. In AKDN’s experience, urban poverty requires multi-input, multisectoral solutions. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s (AKTC) work in urban regeneration and revitalisation of culturally significant sites in the Islamic world is therefore linked with the Aga Khan Foundation’s social programmes and the work of project companies of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Providing Education in Remote RegionsSPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION

    Providing Education in Remote Regions

    In the remote mountains of the Kyrgyz Republic, AKDN is active in a variety of sectors. While the Aga Khan Agency for Microfi nance offers credits for livestock purchases and small enterprises, for example, the University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education provides formal, university-based, non-degree educational programmes, including vocational, professional development and personal improvement opportunities for youth and adults. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Integrating HealthSPOTLIGHT ON HEALTH

    Integrating Health

    The Raha Leo Community Health Programme, a public-private partnership (PPP) between the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), the Government of Zanzibar and the Aga Khan Foundation, serves the health needs of over 13,000 people living in Zanzibar. The programme focuses on improving the quality of general health services, introducing HIV/AIDS voluntary counselling and testing services (VCT), facilitating youth, community and school outreach programs, and piloting approaches to cost sharing in line with the Government’s Health Sector Reform efforts. Read  |  All spotlights



  • A Process Leading to Self-RelianceSPOTLIGHT ON MICROFINANCE

    A Process Leading to Self-Reliance

    In AKDN’s experience, a process of positive change sparked by AKDN agencies can gain its own momentum and become selfsustaining if – and this is where experimentation and innovation are important – there is both a correct mix, and a critical mass, of coordinated development activity. The components of this “correct mix” and “critical mass” can vary from area to area. In ultra-poor areas, agricultural inputs that lead to higher yields of cereals may be the best way forward. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Mobilising New Economic DriversSPOTLIGHT ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Mobilising New Economic Drivers

    In many remote areas, development arrives at a stage when further progress becomes dependant on larger infrastructure issues, such as roads, telecommunications and electric power. In Uganda, for example, only five percent of the population has access to electricity. Rural electrification and the creation of electricity-generating plants then become vital to progress. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Raising Rural Incomes While Revitalising Local CultureSPOTLIGHT ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

    Raising Rural Incomes While Revitalising Local Culture

    The vast majority of AKF beneficiaries are small producers whose livelihoods depend on income from selling their crops or the products they make. Their incomes are strongly affected by factors such as the level of technical knowledge, physical distance to markets, uneven competition due to national and international trade policies, devastation of war and limits on productivity caused by environmental degradation. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Multi-Input Area DevelopmentSPOTLIGHT ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

    Multi-Input Area Development

    The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) consists of a constellation of development agencies set up to bring the necessary resources and expertise to bear on a given area. Each agency is meant to interact with, and reinforce, the others. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Cultivating a Comparative PerspectiveSPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION

    Cultivating a Comparative Perspective

    The demise of the Soviet Union brought with it a withdrawal of much-needed resources and a pressing need for new institutions that could respond to the dramatic changes underway in Central Asia. There was clearly a need for new educational endeavours and curricula that would both address the economic and cultural needs of the region and teach the skills needed to compete internationally. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Museums as Educational InstitutionsSPOTLIGHT ON CULTURE

    Museums as Educational Institutions

    Museums are no longer merely repositories of culture, but vital educational institutions that can have a profound effect on public discourse. Museums can testify to the existence of other cultures and faiths in ways that go beyond the written or spoken word. They provide evidence of other realities, other histories and other influences beyond the ones we might have learned or perceived. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Combining Local and International KnowledgeSPOTLIGHT ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

    Combining Local and International Knowledge

    The call for a Green Revolution in Africa is not new, but up until now, the prospects of bringing it about did not seem realistic. However, recent programmes undertaken by the Aga Khan Foundation in Madagascar have shown that the combination of traditional local knowledge and best international practices can create a green revolution in a rice-growing area of northern Madagascar. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Building for Better HealthSPOTLIGHT ON BUILDING

    Building for Better Health

    The Northern Areas and Chitral are amongst the most remote areas of the high mountain regions of Pakistan. Living conditions are harsh, with an average household income of US$ 0.50 per capita per day and an unemployment or underemployment rate of about 70 percent. The poverty is reflected in deteriorating living conditions, which have led to major health-related problems. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Expanding Academic ActivitiesSPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION

    Expanding Academic Activities

    According to the European Community’s INE PEA programme, “Worldwide there are 11 million deaths of children under five each year. As many as 65 percent of these could be prevented by known and affordable interventions. This failure to apply knowledge to action, known as the ‘Know-Do Gap’, is particularly high in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya, where 100 million people are served by only 7,500 doctors and 70,000 nurses and midwives”. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Promoting Sustainable Cultural TourismSPOTLIGHT ON TOURISM

    Promoting Sustainable Cultural Tourism

    The essence of the act of travel is necessarily hopeful. It is an expression of interest in different cultures. At its best, it allows the diversity of the world to be experienced at first hand – through food, architecture, music, language, customs and rituals. In the process, travellers begin to understand the differences among cultures while coming to know their common humanity. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Accessing Digital KnowledgeSPOTLIGHT ON URBAN DEVELOPMENT

    Accessing Digital Knowledge

    For some time, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have been considered the potential catalyst for breaking socio-economic barriers. But, in reality, the digital divide continues to keep the power of ICT out of reach for a large majority of people, often times exacerbating inequalities. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Community GovernanceSPOTLIGHT ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT

    Community Governance

    Over the last 40 years, fostering the growth of transparent, democratically elected village organisations has been at the centre of the efforts of AKDN agencies, particularly in rural development. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Building a Global CommunitySPOTLIGHT ON ARCHITECTURE

    Building a Global Community

    In many architecture departments in the developing world, resources for the teaching of architecture were once severely limited. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Revitalising Citadels in SyriaSPOTLIGHT ON HISTORIC CITIES

    Revitalising Citadels in Syria

    For the past few years, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has been restoring three citadels in Syria - in Aleppo, Masyaf and Salah ad-Din - under a partnership agreement with the Syrian General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums. The scope of conservation at the sites has varied, but at each site the work has been closely linked to the generation of socio-economic benefits. Read  |  All spotlights



  • A SPOTLIGHT ON ENVIRONMENT

    A "Green Lung" for Cairo

    In 1984, His Highness the Aga Khan announced his decision to finance the creation of a park for the citizens of the Egyptian capital. The only central location that was of suitable scale was the derelict Darassa site, a 30-hectare (74-acre) mound of rubble that had been a debris dump for 500 years. Al-Azhar Park, undertaken by the AKTC, has since proven to be both a popular open space for the people of Cairo and a powerful catalyst for urban renewal in the neighbouring district of Darb al-Ahmar. Read  |  All spotlights



  • UCA's SPCE Teaches Critical Skills for Central AsiaSPOTLIGHT ON PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

    UCA's SPCE Teaches Critical Skills for Central Asia

    The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) is training adults and young people in the critical skills needed in the new Central Asia economies, including accounting, business English and mountain guide training. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Habitat Initiative in MozambiqueSPOTLIGHT ON IMPROVING HABITATS

    Habitat Initiative in Mozambique

    The Habitat Initiative in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique, is working to enhance the quality of life of communities by empowering them to undertake significant improvements to their built environment, with a focus on building skills in improved ecological construction. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Andhra Pradesh Relief-to-Development ProjectsSPOTLIGHT ON DISASTER RESISTANCE

    Andhra Pradesh Relief-to-Development Projects

    In the aftermath of the December 2004 tsunami, AKDN went to work on the coast of the eastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Building on its experience in post-disaster reconstruction and area development, it supported community-based projects that helped restore livelihoods while decreasing the vulnerability of communities in the tsunami-affected area. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Improving the Quality of LifeSPOTLIGHT ON ENVIRONMENT

    Improving the Quality of Life

    A number of AKDN agencies create low-cost products and technologies that both improve the quality of life in human habitats and reduce the pressures on the natural environment. The Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP), for example, has created over 70 products ranging from smoke-free stoves to earthquake-resistant construction methods. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Preparing Communities for DisastersSPOTLIGHT ON HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE

    Preparing Communities for Disasters

    When the devastating earthquake of 8 October 2005 hit Kashmir, AKDN agencies responded immediately. AKDN affiliate Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) deployed search-and-rescue teams in Islamabad on 8 October and on 10 October to the worst-affected areas in Kashmir. His Highness the Aga Khan pledged US$ 50 million for relief and reconstruction efforts. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Knowledge SocietySPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY AND SERVICE

    Knowledge Society

    In the age of the Internet, knowledge about institutions and their effectiveness are only a click away. Information becomes viral, following vectors that take it anywhere there is Internet connectivity. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Partnering for Urban RenewalSPOTLIGHT ON ARCHITECTURE

    Partnering for Urban Renewal

    The complexity of conserving and revitalising an historic neighbourhood requires diverse knowledge and many disciplines, ranging from archaeology to engineering, from horticulture to preservation, from social mobilisation to public health. In successful projects such as Azhar Park in Cairo, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has brought a variety of knowledge to bear by creating informal partnerships with foreign and local experts, academic institutions, the private sector, government ministries and local communities. Read  |  All spotlights



  • Investing in Early Childhood EducationSPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION

    Investing in Early Childhood Education

    By the time a child reaches school age, most key brain wiring, language ability and cognitive foundations have been set in place. Read  |  All spotlights



What's New

Aga Khan Academy Selected as a Microsoft "Showcase School"
General News
14/11/2014 - The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa has been selected by the Microsoft Corporation to be a Showcase School. This elite status is given to only 150 schools across 75 countries worldwide and the Academy is the only school in Eastern Africa and one of two schools in Sub Saharan Africa to be selected.

AKDN Statement at the "Heart of Asia" Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan in Beijing
Press Release
31/10/2014 - Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative of His Highness the Aga Khan to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, delivered a statement on behalf of the Aga Khan Development Network at the "Heart of Asia" Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan, in Beijing, on the 31st of October 2014.

Architects, Urban Planners and Academics Gather in Pakistan to Discuss Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Press Release
10/11/2014 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture held a seminar and exhibition on tje "Architecture is Life" in collaboration with the Aga Khan University (AKU) today.

Aga Khan Reviews Progress of University of Central Asia’s Naryn Campus
Press Release
03/11/2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of the University of Central Asia (UCA) today visited the Naryn campus, the first of UCA’s three new undergraduate campuses spread across the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

Aga Khan Music Initiative Presents the Badakhshan Ensemble at Music Festival in Turkey
Press Release
07/10/2014 - The 11th Konya International Mystic Music Festival featured the six-member Badakhshan Ensemble in a concert of spiritual and traditional on the evening of 24 September. The Ensemble has had a long-term relationship with the Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Festival.

Aga Khan Attends the Inauguration of Afghanistan’s New President
Press Release
29/09/2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan on Monday (September 29th) paid a brief visit to Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, to join several dignitaries from around the world at the official inauguration of the country’s new president Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and the swearing in of the Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah.

Aga Khan Museum Opens to Public with Inaugural Exhibitions and Performing Arts Programme
Press Release
18/09/2014 - The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, which is dedicated to presenting an overview of the artistic, intellectual and scientific contributions that Muslim civilisations have made to world heritage, opened its doors to the public today. It also opened two temporary exhibitions open: The Garden of Ideas: Contemporary Art from Pakistan and In Search of the Artist: Signed Drawings and Paintings from the Aga Khan Museum Collection. The Performing Arts programme begins on September 20th with Routes of Andalusia and on 21st with Qalandar: Mugham, Dastgah, and Maqam.

Speech by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Opening of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto
Speech
12/09/2014 - Speech by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, at the Opening of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto

Speech by Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the Opening of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto
Speech
12/09/2014 - Speech by Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the Opening of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto on Friday, 12 September 2014

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Opening of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto
Speech
12/09/2014 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Opening of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Aga Khan Open the Ismaili Centre Toronto and Aga Khan Museum
Press Release
12/09/2014 - Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and His Highness the Aga Khan formally opened the Ismaili Centre Toronto and Aga Khan Museum today. The Aga Khan Museum is the first museum in North America dedicated to the arts of Muslim civilisations.

Aga Khan Museum in Toronto to Open on 18 September 2014
Press Release
18/08/2014 - The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, which is dedicated to presenting an overview of the artistic, intellectual and scientific contributions that Muslim civilisations have made to world heritage, will open its doors to the public on the 18th of September.

Aga Khan University’s Chancellor and Trustees decide to expand in Tanzania
Press Release
14/08/2014 - The Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan University (AKU) last week concluded a week of meetings in Tanzania. The Chancellor, His Highness the Aga Khan presided over the meetings, in which Trustees from five countries spanning three continents made key decisions to expand the University’s presence as a multidisciplinary university of international standing in the East African region.

University of Central Asia to Help Strengthen Good Governance in Afghanistan through Training for District Governors
Press Release
05/08/2014 - The Government of Afghanistan and the UCA signed a MoU to help strengthen good governance in Afghanistan through UCA’s Local Economic and Community Development (LECD) certificate programme.

“Building for a Better Life” Exhibition Opens at UIA2014 Durban, South Africa
Press Release
05/08/2014 - The exhibition “Building for a Better Life” opened at International Union of Architects World Congress today. The exhibition includes a survey of programmes of the AKDN that seek to have a positive impact on the built environment.

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in India Receives 2014 Earth Care Award for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
General News
13/05/2014 - The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) in India was honored with the JSW – The Times of India, EARTH CARE AWARDS 2014 under the category of “Community based mitigation and adaptation to climate change”.

Aga Khan Receives 2013 North-South Prize
Press Release
12/06/2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan today received the Council of Europe’s annual North-South Prize for his commitment to furthering a more pluralistic society as well as his achievements in improving the quality of life of vulnerable populations through the work of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the North-South Prize Ceremony, Senate Hall, Parliament, Lisbon
Speech
12/06/2014 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the North-South Prize Ceremony, Senate Hall, Parliament, Lisbon

Webcast: North-South Prize award ceremony
General News
12/06/2014 - WEBCAST : His Highness the Aga Khan is one of two recipients of the 2013 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe.

Aga Khan to Receive 2013 North-South Prize
General News
11/06/2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan will receive the 2013 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe on 12 June 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Two AKDN Staff Members Killed in Afghanistan
General News
05/06/2014 - On Sunday, June 1, two staff members of the Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan were killed when their vehicle went over an explosive device while travelling between Wardooj and Baharak in the country’s northern Badakhshan Province.

Remarks made by His HIghness the Aga Khan at the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Summit
Speech
29/05/2014 - Keynote remarks made at the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Summit in Toronto.

Aga Khan Urges Innovative Approaches to Maternal and Child Care, Praises Canada’s Leadership
Press Release
29/05/2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan today praised Canada’s global leadership in efforts to improve maternal, neonatal and child health and stressed the importance of innovative and community-based approaches in meeting the challenge which he described as “one of the highest priorities on the global development agenda.”

Aga Khan at the Maternal, Newborn and Health Summit in Toronto
Press Release
28/05/2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan is speaking at the Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Summit in Toronto, which brings together a number of partners in the global fight to address maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries.

Live Music Returns to National Park of Mali with Support from the Aga Khan Music Initiative
General News
13/05/2014 - The Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) has helped re-establish the “Jeudis Musicaux”, a weekly concert programme at the National Museum, located in the National Park of Mali.

World Bank President and Aga Khan Discuss Poverty Alleviation
General News
09/05/2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan met on Wednesday (May 7) with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the 12th president of the World Bank Group, to discuss global development challenges and efforts to end poverty.

The French Development Agency and AKDN Sign a Multimillion-Dollar Agreement on the Expansion of Health Services in Tanzania
Press Release
09/05/2014 - The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Aga Khan Development Network today signed a US$ 79.8 million agreement.

AKDN Supports Relief Effort for the Victims of Afghanistan Landslide
General News
05/05/2014 - In the wake of a disastrous mudslide in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province, the Aga Khan Development Network was working closely with the government and other organisations in providing urgent relief supplies, including tents for shelter, food items, and emergency medical care.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris - 2013 Recipients: Five Projects for a Sustainable World
General News
26/03/2014 - 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.

Aga Khan Urges Commitment to Pluralism and Strengthening of Civil Society
Press Release
11/03/2014 - The Aga Khan warned that the growing power of social media does not always mean more connection between people. He cautioned that the shallowness of new media, intellectual isolation and mutual ignorance are adversely affecting relations between Islam and the West despite the highly interconnected world of today.

Speech by Christina Paxson, President of Brown University, introducing His Highness the Aga Khan
Speech
10/03/2014 - Christina Paxson, President of Brown University, introduces His Highness the Aga Khan at the 88th Stephen A. Ogden Jr Memorial Lecture on International Affairs.

Speech delivered at the Brown University Ogden Memorial Lecture
Speech
10/03/2014 - The 88th Stephen Ogden Lecture delivered by His Highness the Aga Khan at Brown University

LIVE WEBCAST: His Highness the Aga Khan delivers Ogden Lecture at Brown University
General News
10/03/2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan’s Ogden Memorial Lecture on International Affairs at Brown University will take place on 10 March 2014.

Aga Khan to Deliver Ogden Lecture at Brown University
Press Release
07/03/2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan will visit Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island on March 10, 2014 to deliver the 88th Stephen A. Ogden ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs at the invitation of Brown University President Dr. Christina Paxson.

Aga Khan and Canadian Prime Minister Announce Human Development Partnership
Press Release
28/02/2014 - More than a million people living in Asia and Africa will have new opportunities within reach, thanks to a five-year, CAD $100-million partnership between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Government of Canada, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

Speech by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper on the Occasion of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Address to the Parliament of Canada at the House of Commons
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27/02/2014 - Speech by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper on the Occasion of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Address to the Parliament of Canada at the House of Commons

Aga Khan Lauds Canada’s Leadership in Advancing Pluralism in the World, Warns Against Rise of Extremism
Press Release
27/02/2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan today praised Canada’s efforts to reduce instability across the world and emphasized the role of strong civil society, education and good governance in fostering development of societies and in mitigating conflict.

Address of His Highness the Aga Khan to both Houses of the Parliament of Canada in the House of Commons Chamber, Ottawa
Speech
27/02/2014 - Address of His Highness the Aga Khan to both Houses of the Parliament of Canada in the House of Commons Chamber, Ottawa

LIVE: His Highness the Aga Khan addresses the Parliament of Canada [Floor-High]
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LIVE: His Highness the Aga Khan addresses the Parliament of Canada [EN-High]
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EN DIRECT: Son Altesse l’Aga Khan délivre une allocution au Parlement du Canada [FR-High]
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LIVE: His Highness the Aga Khan addresses the Parliament of Canada [Floor-Low]
General News
24/02/2014 -

LIVE: His Highness the Aga Khan addresses the Parliament of Canada [EN-Low]
General News
24/02/2014 -

EN DIRECT: Son Altesse l’Aga Khan délivre une allocution au Parlement du Canada [FR-Low]
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Aga Khan to Address a Special Joint Session of Parliament on Thursday, February 27
Press Release
26/02/2014 - His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, arrived in Canada today to deliver an historic address to the Canadian Parliament at the invitation of The Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper.

Video test page for Parliamentary address
General News
24/02/2014 - 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
General News
25/02/2014 - 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
General News
07/02/2014 - 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
General News
05/02/2014 - 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
General News
04/02/2014 - 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
General News
31/01/2014 - Archnet.org, the Leading Website on Architecture, Design and Conservation Issues in the Muslim World, has been restructured and reimagined.

Speech by Princess Zahra Aga Khan at the Launch of the Oncology Programme of the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam
Speech
27/01/2014 - Speech by Princess Zahra Aga Khan at the Launch of the Oncology Programme of the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam

Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam launches first Oncology Programme as Part of Expansion
Press Release
27/01/2014 - The Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam today launched its first Oncology programme as part of the second phase of its TShs 130 billion expansion designed to cover cardiac and other medical specialties.

AKDN and Lions Clubs Collaborate to Plant 10 Million Trees by 2014; Additional 15 Million to Be Planted
General News
09/12/2013 - 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
General News
17/01/2014 - 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
General News
23/12/2013 - 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
General News
21/12/2013 - 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 Announces the Aga Khan University’s Expansion into Liberal Arts at Historic Convocation
Press Release
19/12/2013 - His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chancellor of the Aga Khan University, today outlined an ambitious global vision for the University’s expansion into liberal arts and announced the creation of seven new graduate schools across two continents that will work in areas of particular relevance to developing societies.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Aga Khan University Convocation Karachi
Speech
19/12/2013 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Aga Khan University Convocation Karachi

Aga Khan Visits Pakistan
General News
16/12/2013 - 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.

UCA and GIZ Bring Mobile Digital Library to Naryn and Ak-Talaa Districts in the Kyrgyz Republic
Press Release
13/12/2013 - On 12 December 2013, the eBilim mobile digital library was inaugurated at University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School for Professional and Continuing Education, Naryn. The moving library, which is on a refurbished minibus, is designed to bring knowledge and resources to the people of Naryn Oblast.

New Aga Khan Music Initiative Project Brings Music from Syria and Iran to the United States
Press Release
06/12/2013 - “Sound: the Encounter”, the Aga Khan Music Initiative’s latest addition to its international performance roster, begins a three-city United States tour on December 7 with a world debut concert at the Asia Society in New York City.

Aga Khan Awarded the 2013 Gold Medal
General News
27/11/2013 - 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.

Aga Khan awarded the 2013 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal
Press Release
27/11/2013 - The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) presented its 2013 Gold Medal — the Institute’s highest honour — to His Highness the Aga Khan. The occasion marks the first time in over 30 years that a non-architect has been chosen to receive the distinction.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Presentation of the Gold Medal by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Speech
27/11/2013 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Presentation of the Gold Medal by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Ottawa

Aga Khan Receives Honorary Degree from Trinity College at the University of Toronto
Press Release
25/11/2013 - His Highness the Aga Khan received an honorary doctorate from Trinity College at the University of Toronto in recognition of the work of the Aga Khan Development Network.

AKTC and Think City to Provide Assistance for Protection of George Town in Penang, Malaysia
Press Release
21/11/2013 - The Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Think City signed an agreement to provide technical assistance for the protection of George Town, a World Heritage Site in Penang, Malaysia.

Travel “Oscars” for Serena Hotels in Africa
Press Release
25/10/2013 - Serena Hotels received six World Travel Awards, including “Africa’s leading Hotel Brand”; “Leading Eco Hotel of the Year 2013” for the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge; “Rwanda’s Leading Hotel 2013” for the Kigali Serena; “Kenya’s Leading Business Hotel 2013” for the Nairobi Serena Hotel; “Uganda’s Leading Hotel 2013” for Kampala Serena Hotel; and “Tanzania’s Leading Hotel 2013” for the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel.

Global Earthquake Preparedness: Drop, Cover and Hold On
General News
15/10/2013 - 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.

University of Central Asia Begins Construction of Naryn Campus
Press Release
27/09/2013 - The University of Central Asia (UCA) announced the official start of Phase I of its Naryn main campus construction on 27 September 2013.

Video - Ethical, Effective, Pluralistic: The Aga Khan Academies
General News
24/09/2013 - 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
General News
24/09/2013 - 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.

Welcome Address by Salim Bhatia at the Inauguration of The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad
Speech
20/09/2013 - Welcome Address by Salim Bhatia, Director of the Aga Khan Academies Network, at the Inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad, 20 September 2013

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration Ceremony of The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad, India
Speech
20/09/2013 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration Ceremony of The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad, India, 20 September 2013.

Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad Inaugurated
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Humayun’s Tomb Restoration Inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister and Aga Khan
Press Release
18/09/2013 - The restoration of Humayun’s Tomb was inaugurated on 18 September by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Minister of Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan. The once decaying structure is resplendent in its Mughal finery once again.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration Ceremony for the Restoration of Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India
Speech
18/09/2013 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration Ceremony for the Restoration of Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India, 18 September 2013.

Bangladesh and Aga Khan Development Network sign Protocol of Cooperation
Press Release
16/09/2013 - The People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) today agreed to intensify cooperation on improving of the quality of life of the people of Bangladesh.

Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India to Be Inaugurated
General News
16/09/2013 - 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
General News
13/09/2013 - 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.

Award Ceremony for the 12th Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture - Lisbon 6 September 2013
Speech
06/09/2013 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Award Ceremony for the 12th Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture – Lisbon, September 6, 2013

2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Recipients Announced
Press Release
06/09/2013 - His Excellency Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic, and His Highness the Aga Khan today presented the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture at the Castle of São Jorge in Lisbon.

Aga Khan University and Catholic University of Portugal reaffirm cooperation
General News
06/09/2013 - 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)
General News
06/09/2013 -

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
General News
06/09/2013 - Recipients of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 6 September 2013, Lisbon, Portugal

Sustainability Over Spectacle: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (Part 1)
General News
03/09/2013 -

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
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FMFB Client Wins “Best National MicroEntrepreneur”Award
Press Release
30/07/2013 - Qurban Bibi, a client of the The First MicroFinanceBank (an institution of the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance) in Pakistan, won the “Best National Micro-Entrepreneur Award Female” at the recent Citi-PPAF Micro-entrepreneurship Awards 2012 ceremony held in Islamabad.

Aga Khan Music Initiative and Montreux Jazz Foundation 2 Launch Partnership with “New Sounds from Arab Lands”
Press Release
03/07/2013 - The Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) and the Montreux Jazz Foundation 2 announced a new wide-reaching partnership that includes joint efforts to curate and present concerts, workshops, and master classes within the framework of the Montreux Jazz Festival.

National Zoo of Mali Inaugurated After Full Renovation by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Press Release
22/06/2013 - The National Zoo of Mali was inaugurated today after 24 months of rehabilitation and expansion undertaken through a non-profit public-private partnership (PPP) led by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).

Le nouveau Zoo National du Mali a été inauguré après la réhabilitation par le Trust Aga Khan pour la culture
Press Release
22/06/2013 - Le nouveau Zoo National du Mali a été inauguré aujourd’hui après 24 mois de travaux de réhabilitation et d’extension menés par le Trust Aga Khan pour la culture suite à un contrat de partenariat public-privé.

Update for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture App Now Available
General News
29/05/2013 - 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.

Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Annual Pluralism Lecture in Ottawa, Canada
Speech
24/05/2013 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Global Centre for Pluralism while introducing Kofi Annan, who delivered the Pluralism Lecture

The Role of Culture in Development: The Aga Khan Speaks at UNESCO Conference in China
Press Release
15/05/2013 - The Aga Khan today delivered the keynote address at a conference entitled "Culture: Key to Sustainable Development" organised by UNESCO and Government of China in Hangzhou, China.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the UNESCO Conference on Culture and Development in Hangzhou, China
Speech
15/05/2013 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the UNESCO Conference on Culture and Development in Hangzhou, China

Illuminating the Roof of the World: Tajikistan Exports Hydroelectricity to Afghan-Badakhshan
Press Release
02/05/2013 - The PamirEnergy Company, a project company of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), has begun exporting surplus energy from the cross-border regions of Tajik Ishkashim into Afghan Ishkashim.

20 Projects Shortlisted for US$ 1 million Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Press Release
30/04/2013 - The shortlist of nominees for the 2013 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture was announced today at the Palacio das Necessidades (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in Lisbon, Portugal. The 20 nominees for the US$ 1 million prize range from a modern high rise apartment block to the revival of traditional building techniques.

The Aga Khan Announces the Engagement
of His Eldest Son

Press Release
26/04/2013 - His Highness the Aga Khan today announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, to Ms. Kendra Spears of Seattle, Washington, the United States, on 26 APril 2013.

Foundation Laying Ceremony for the New Bamyan Provincial Hospital
Press Release
22/04/2013 - The Foundation Laying Ceremony marking the start of construction of the new Bamyan Provincial Hospital (BPH) was held on 18 April 2013 in Bamyan. The BPH will offer an additional 86 beds for pediatric, obstetric and gynecologic care in a region where women’s access to healthcare has been severely limited

Music and Voices of the Silk Route Celebrate Nowruz at Portuguese Parliament
General News
02/04/2013 - 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.

International Baccalaureate Teachers Meet at Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad
Press Release
18/02/2013 - Over a hundred teachers from across India gathered at the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad as part of an ongoing commitment by the Academy and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) to the professional development of teachers in the region.

Aga Khan Trust for Culture Hosts Jashne Khusrau Festival in Delhi
General News
11/02/2013 - 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"
General News
11/02/2013 - Programme notes for "New Sounds from Arab Lands"

AKDN Quality of Life Assessment Programme Brochure
General News
11/02/2013 - The AKDN Quality of Life Assessment Programme brochure encompasses the programme’s core concepts, methodology, the assessment framework, domains and indicators and key principles.

Aga Khan Music Initiative Presents “New Sounds from Arab Lands” in Europe and United States
Press Release
06/02/2013 - Five eminent performer-composer-improvisers from Syria, Tunisia and Lebanon will tour Europe and the United States from 8 to 28 February 2013 in a tour supported by the Aga Khan Music Initiative. The five musicians exemplify the rising generation of cosmopolitan Arab musicians who combine jazz, classical music, and the microtonal subtleties and myriad melodic modes of Arabic music.

Revitalisation to Begin on Quli Qutb Shah Archaeological Park in Hyderabad, India
Press Release
10/01/2013 - A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a ten-year, integrated conservation and landscape restoration project at the Quli Qutb Shah Tomb complex in Hyderabad was signed today by the Andhra Pradesh State Department of Archaeology and Museums, the Quli Qutb Shah Urban Development Authority and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Aga Khan Foundation.

Agreement Clears Way for Aga Khan Trust for Culture to Begin Rehabilitation of Nairobi City Park
General News
29/11/2012 - 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
General News
22/10/2012 - 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.

Master Jury Announced for 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Press Release
21/11/2012 - The members of the Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced on 21 November 2013. The Jury independently selects the recipients of the US$ 1 million Award.

UCA and Afghanistan Organise Symposium on “Trade and Cooperation Between Central Asia and Afghanistan”
Press Release
12/11/2012 - The University of Central Asia and the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised a symposium on “Trade Cooperation between Central Asia and Afghanistan” on 12 November 2012.

Province of Alberta and Aga Khan Sign Cooperation Agreement
Press Release
24/10/2012 - Alberta's Premier Alison Redford and His Highness the Aga Khan today signed an Agreement of Cooperation to expand collaboration in the areas of health sciences, education, the environment, forestry and natural resources management, culture, and private sector and economic development.

Aga Khan Receives David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award
General News
22/10/2012 - As part of Synergos’ University for a Night series, His Highness the Aga Khan was awarded the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award.

D’éminentes personnalités inaugurent à Kaboul la construction d’un service d’obstétrique ultramoderne
Press Release
20/10/2012 - La cérémonie organisée aujourd’hui annonce la construction d’une nouvelle aile de l’Institut médical français pour l’enfant (FMIC) dédiée à l’obstétrique et à la gynécologie qui sera achevé dans 24 mois, offrira 52 lits supplémentaires pour les soins obstétriques et gynécologiques ainsi qu’une unité de soin intensif néonatal de 14 lits – la première d’Afghanistan.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Ceremony of FMIC Women's Wing, Kabul
Speech
20/10/2012 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Ceremony of the FMIC Women's Wing, Kabul

Top Officials Announce the Construction of a State of the Art Obstetrics Facility in Kabul
Press Release
20/10/2012 - The Foundation Ceremony of the new Women’s Wing at the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) today marked the start of construction for a new obstetrics and gynaecology wing that will provide high quality care for mothers and newborns in Afghanistan.

Le Président Karzai et l’Aga Khan inaugurent le mausolée de Timur Shah à Kaboul
Press Release
19/10/2012 - Président Karzai et Son Altesse l’Aga Khan ont présidé aujourd’hui l’ouverture officielle du mausolée restauré de Timur Shah. Ce monument historique, qui s’était dégradé durant les décennies de guerre civile, a été restauré par le Trust Aga Khan pour la culture dans le cadre de son programme permanent de conservation du patrimoine culturel de l’Afghanistan.

Kabul’s Timur Shah Mausoleum Opened by President Karzai and the Aga Khan
Press Release
19/10/2012 - President Karzai and the Aga Khan officially opened the restored mausoleum of Timur Shah on 19 October 2012. The historic monument, which had fallen into disrepair during decades of civil war, has been restored as part of an on-going programme undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to preserve the cultural heritage of Afghanistan.

Aga Khan School in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Press Release
18/10/2012 - The Aga Khan School – the first private school in Osh – celebrated its 10th Anniversary on 18 October 2012 in the presence of Princess Zahra Aga Khan.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar in Tajikistan Explores Architecture in CIS Countries
Press Release
16/10/2012 - Architecture in the CIS was the main focus of an Aga Khan Award for Architecture seminar held in Dushanbe,Tajikistan. Architects, officials and academics from CIS states joined Farrokh Derakhshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, in a public seminar on emerging issues of architecture in their respective countries. The seminar was attended by Tajik architects, architectural students and others interested in architecture and urban planning.

Nizar Juma speaks at the at the Inauguration of the Bujagali Hydropower Project
Speech
08/10/2012 - Speech by Nizar Juma, Chairman of Bujagali Energy Ltd at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Bujagali Hydropower Project

Aga Khan speaks at the Inauguration of the Bujagali Hydropower Project
Speech
08/10/2012 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Bujagali Hydropower Project

President Museveni and the Aga Khan Inaugurate Bujagali Hydropower Plant
Press Release
08/10/2012 - His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni today inaugurated the 250MW Bujagali Hydropower Plant in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan.

Nyagak I Hydropower Plant Inaugurated
Press Release
20/09/2012 - His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni today inaugurated the 3.5MW Nyagak I hydropower station in Paidha, Zombo District. The occasion officially marked the onset of 24hour electricity supply for the people of the West Nile sub-region.

University of Central Asia Inaugurates Football and Tennis Facilities of International Standards
Press Release
31/08/2012 - The University of Central Asia (UCA) inaugurated international standard football and tennis facilities at its Naryn Campus as part of the Kyrgyz Republic's Independence Day celebrations.

University of Central Asia Begins Programme to Promote Trade and Regional Cooperation in Central Asia and Afghanistan for Economic Growth
Press Release
25/08/2012 - The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration commenced a week-long training programme on trade and regional cooperation for 60 civil servants from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic in Issyk-Kul. The programme is part of the University’s Canadian supported “Regional Cooperation and Confidence Building in Afghanistan, and Central Asia” programme.

Council of Europe "Cultural Event" Label Awarded to the Aga Khan Music Initiative
Press Release
23/08/2012 - The Council of Europe has awarded its "Cultural Event" label, or designation, to the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The Award was given in recognition of the series of master classes, presentations and concerts that the Music Initiative has offered through its “Performance, Creation and Outreach” programme.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar on "Emerging Models of Planning Practices" in Singapore
Press Release
20/07/2012 - City planners, academics and architects from around the world gathered at the Urban Redevelopment Centre in Singapore for a two-day Aga Khan Award for Architecture seminar on planning practices, 19-20 July 2012.

Aga Khan Music Initiative and Serious UK Bring Homayun Sakhi, Kronos Quartet and Bardic Divas to London Olympics Music Festival
Press Release
19/07/2012 - Aga Khan Music Initiative collaborators Homayun Sakhi, the Kronos Quartet and the Bardic Divas will appear on the Asia Stage in Battersea Park on 21 July 2012 as part of the celebration of the 2012 London Olympics. In partnership with Serious UK.

“Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum” Exhibition Opens in Singapore
Press Release
18/07/2012 - A new exhibition from the Aga Khan Museum collection titled “Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in the Islamic World” was opened by Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Singapore’s Minster for Information, Communications and the Arts, and Prince Amyn Aga Khan, at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore.

East African Community and Aga Khan Development Network Sign Agreement to Foster Development in the Region
Press Release
18/07/2012 - The East African Community and the Aga Khan Development Network signed an agreement to strengthen and broaden cooperation in the areas of economic, social and cultural development throughout East Africa.

The International Aid Transparency InitIATIve (IATI)
General News
29/06/2012 - 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 Award for Architecture Helps Launch Network for Architectural Education in Africa; Hosts Conferences in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire
Press Release
22/06/2012 - During an Aga Khan Award for Architecture conference on the state of architecture in Africa from 3-6 June 2012, the ArchiAfrika Educational Network was launched. The Network connects professionals, scholars and others working on the African built environment.

Serena Hotels Receive African Business Award 2012 for Contributions to Africa
Press Release
22/06/2012 - Serena Hotels receives the 2012 African Business Award in the “Best Hospitality, Travel and Tourism in Africa” category. Serena Hotels was recognized for “branding its country or region as an attractive tourism destination in Africa, ultimately benefitting the African tourism industry and the continent as a whole”.

La Compagnie Air Côte d'Ivoire devient une réalité
Press Release
18/05/2012 - L’Etat de Côte d’Ivoire représenté par le Ministre de l’Economie et des Finances et le Partenaire Stratégique constitué par le groupe Air France et le Fonds Aga Khan pour le développement économique (AKFED), l’agence de développement économique du Réseau Aga Khan de développement (AKDN) ont procédé ce jour à la signature de l’Accord Cadre de Partenariat, du Pacte d’Actionnaires et des Statuts de la société Air Côte d’Ivoire, en présence des représentants de l’Etat, des représentants du groupe Air France et du Fonds Aga Khan pour le développement économique (AKFED)/IPS (WA).

Aga Khan Music Initiative and SOAS Sign Collaboration Agreement, Co-host “Musical Geographies of Central Asia” Conference and Concert
General News
16/05/2012 - 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 Music Initiative and Smithsonian Folkways Release “Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route”
Press Release
11/05/2012 - Smithsonian Folkways and the Aga Khan Music Initiative celebrate the tenth and final release of their award-winning "Music of Central Asia" series, a groundbreaking CD/DVD set entitled "Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route", on 29 May 2012.

Remarks By Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the Signing of the Renewal of the Partnership Agreement Between AKF Portugal and the Patriarchate Of Lisbon
Speech
09/05/2012 - Remarks By Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the Signing of the Renewal of the Partnership Agreement Between AKF Portugal and the Patriarchate Of Lisbon

Patriarchate of Lisbon and Aga Khan Foundation Renew Partnership
Press Release
09/05/2012 - The Patriarchate of Lisbon and the Aga Khan Foundation today renewed a partnership agreement to improve the quality of life of marginalized groups in Greater Lisbon.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Prize Doubled to US$ 1 Million
Press Release
26/04/2012 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, considered by many architects and urban planners to be the most important award for architecture, announced a doubling of its prize to US$ 1 million.

His Highness the Aga Khan: A Life in the Service of Development
In the Media
11/04/2012 - Politique Internationale (English edition of special issue on Agence française de développement), n°134 - Winter 2011-2012.
Article in English, Article en français

Aga Khan Music Initiative Brings Together Musicians from Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa at the 2012 Spring Festival
Press Release
24/04/2012 - The Aga Khan Music Initiative is presenting “Invisible Face of the Beloved: Contemporary Music from Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa” at the 2012 Spring Festival in Cairo, Alexandria, and Beirut. The festival runs from 20 April to 16 May 2012.

Nairobi City Park to Be Rehabilitated by Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Government of Kenya
Press Release
16/04/2012 - A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday between the Government of Kenya, the Ministry of State for National Heritage and Culture, the City Council of Nairobi and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to collaborate in the rehabilitation and restoration of the Nairobi City Park to international standards in terms of architecture, landscape and horticulture.

His Highness the Aga Khan Visits Tajikistan
Press Release
05/04/2012 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, paid a brief visit to Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, on 4 April 2012 to discuss a range of national and regional development issues with the country’s top officials

The Aga Khan Visits Western China
Press Release
04/04/2012 - His Highness the Aga Khan paid an official visit to Urumxi, China, from 2-4 April 2012, at the invitation of the Governor of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Mr Nur Bekri, to discuss collaboration between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Government of Xinjiang.

First MicroFinance Bank Pakistan and JICA Sign Agreement to Expand Access to Finance in Pakistan
Press Release
21/03/2012 - The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement on 21 March 2012 for the entry of JICA into the shareholding of the First Microfinance Bank (FMFB) in Pakistan. JICA will invest US$ 2.23 million into the bank and become a 17.8% shareholder. JICA will also provide the bank with technical assistance.

Aga Khan Visits Singapore (31 March - 2 April 2012)
General News
02/04/2012 - 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)
General News
31/03/2012 - 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.

Aga Khan Museum Collection on Display in Southeast Asia for the First Time
Press Release
31/03/2012 - An exhibition of artefacts from the Aga Khan Museum collection opened in Kuala Lumpur today at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, marking the first time the collection is being shown in Southeast Asia. The exhibition, entitled "Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts", was inaugurated yesterday by Malaysia’s Culture Minister Dato Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim and His Highness the Aga Khan.

Ski Afghanistan: A Backcountry Guide to Bamyan & Band-e-Amir
General News
16/03/2012 - 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.

France Musique Prize 2012 for World Music Awarded to Aga Khan Music Initiative Artist Abduvali Abdurashidov
Press Release
15/03/2012 - Tajik artist Abduvali Abdurashidov, a "tradition bearer" of the Aga Khan Music Initiative, was awarded the 2012 France Music World Music Prize at the international Babel Med Music forum in Marseille.

Aga Khan Development Network and the Japan International Cooperation Agency Deepen Partnership in Asia and Africa
Press Release
08/03/2012 - The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement today to deepen and widen their partnership in international development. AKAM's First Microfinance Bank in Pakistan also signed an agreement with JICA to expand access to microfinance in Pakistan.

University of Central Asia Publishes “Ancient Monuments of Tien-Shan”
General News
06/03/2012 - "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.

Steering Committee for Aga Khan Award's Twelfth Cycle Announced
Press Release
16/02/2012 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture has announced the members of the Steering Committee for the 12th Award cycle (2011 – 2013).

Aga Khan Music Initiative Launches University Residency Series 2012 in United States
Press Release
08/02/2012 - The Aga Khan Music Initiative's 2012 University Residency Series, featuring the Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Homayun Sakhi Trio and Kronos Quartet, will offer workshops, lecture-demos and concerts on college and university campuses across the United States.

Aga Khan Speaks at Urban Land Institute's Annual Conference Leadership Dinner
Speech
31/01/2012 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Urban Land Institute's Annual Conference Leadership Dinner (Paris, France)

Children’s Books Focusing on Pluralism and Tolerance to Reach All Schools in Kyrgyz Republic
General News
19/01/2012 - 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
General News
17/01/2012 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture app is now available for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch from the iTunes app store

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Ceremony Conferring the Honorary Doctorate at the University of Ottawa
Speech
13/01/2012 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Ceremony Conferring the Honorary Doctorate at the University of Ottawa

His Highness the Aga Khan receives honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa
Press Release
13/01/2012 - His Highness the Aga Khan was today awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa for his service to humanity. The degree was confered at a special convocation presided over by Chancellor Huguette Labelle, as well as University President Allan Rock.

AKPBS Nominated for 2012 Zayed Energy Prize
General News
12/01/2012 - 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.

Karim Aga Khan and His Work
In the Media
11/12/2011 - A 43-minute television documentary titled "Karim Aga Khan and His Work" airs in German and French on the European public service television channel ARTE on 11 December 2011 (see links below for times). The film is a comprehensive portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan, who turns 75 this year.
Times and more information in French
Times and more information in German

Restored Citadel of Herat poignant reminder of past Afghan glory
In the Media
17/11/2011 - More than 300 craftsmen spent nearly three years shoring up the citadel's winding ramps, cavernous chambers and soaring buttresses, rebuilding delicate wooden latticework and piecing together damaged decorative tiles. Before the reconstruction could even begin, they had to clear out piles of fetid garbage and drain off pools of stagnant rainwater. With the citadel's commanding hilltop position, "it was always a project that quite literally stared us in the face," said Ajmal Maiwandi, director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which carried out the restoration with about $2.4 million in funding from the United States and Germany.

The Aga Khan, Leader of a Global Network of Cultural, Educational and Development Philanthropies, Selected as the 2011 Recipient of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development
In the Media
27/10/2011 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims and leader of the nondenominational Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), was named the 2011 Nichols Laureate today at the Urban Land Institute’s Annual Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo in Los Angeles. The ULI J.C. Nichols Prize recognizes an individual, or a person representing an institution, whose career demonstrates a commitment to the highest standards of responsible development. Read article

A journey into the Past on the Notes of Ancient Music
In the Media
15/10/2011 - There was no room for chatter at the Remix 2011 concert last week. All attention was on the 12-man band on stage at the Ismaili Centre in Dubai. The talented musicians captured the attention of hall as they played their instruments. Lured into submission by one composition after another, the audience surrendered in blissful silence. In an attempt to immortalise the musical legacies of the Middle East and Central Asia the Aga Khan Music Initiative organises such performances and educational programmes among young artists across several countries.

Bujagali set to open next month
In the Media
14/10/2011 - The Bujagali hydroelectric power plant has reportedly commenced the testing phase with the first installed 50 MW turbine, due to go into production in November, according to reliable sources. The plant, worth over 860 million US Dollars, was initiated by the IPS Kenya, itself part of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, in short AKFED. Long suffering electricity users, hotels, manufacturers, the business community at large and of course households across the country have been waiting for this moment with bated breath, and often in darkness at night...

"Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts" at The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
Press Release
07/12/2011 - A new selection of masterpieces from the Aga Khan Museum collections will be on show at the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, from 9 December 2011 to 26 February 2012.The exhibition is the first created from the Aga Khan Museum collections to centre on architecture in the Islamic arts.

Aga Khan Attends Inauguration of Kyrgyz President, Discusses Development Activities
Press Release
02/12/2011 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, arrived in Bishkek yesterday to attend the inauguration of the President-elect of the Kyrgyz Republic, Almazbek Atambaev.

AKTC Launches Guidebook of Humayun’s Tomb for Children
General News
22/11/2011 - AKTC has created a guidebook to Humayun's tomb in Delhi, India, geared towad the 300,000 children who visit the site every year.

Speech of the President Emomali Rahmon for the Inauguration Ceremony of Dushanbe Serena Hotel, Dushanbe
Speech
01/11/2011 - Speech of the President Emomali Rahmon for the Inauguration Ceremony of Dushanbe Serena Hotel, Dushanbe

Music Initiative at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
General News
18/11/2011 - 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
General News
07/11/2011 - 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.

Speech by Prince Amyn Aga Khan for the official opening of Dushanbe Serena Hotel, 1st November 2011
Speech
01/11/2011 - Speech by Prince Amyn Aga Khan for the official opening of Dushanbe Serena Hotel, 1st November 2011

Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Dushanbe Serena Hotel
Speech
01/11/2011 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Dushanbe Serena Hotel

President Rahmon and Aga Khan Inaugurate Dushanbe Serena Hotel
Press Release
01/11/2011 - His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), today inaugurated the Dushanbe Serena Hotel.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar and Public Lecture Series in Malaysia
General News
31/10/2011 - 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.

Tajikistan, Afghanistan and AKDN Lay Foundation Stone for Fifth Bridge Between Countries
Press Release
31/10/2011 - President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan, Afghan Minister of Public Works Abdulkudus Hamidi and His Highness the Aga Khan laid the foundation stone for the Shurobod Bridge. The bridge will connect the Shurobod District of Khatlon Region in Tajikistan with the Khohon Province of Afghanistan.

"Drop, Cover and Hold on": AKDN Takes Part in Global Earthquake Preparedness
Press Release
28/10/2011 - Over 20,000 people affiliated with AKDN institutions joined millions of other participants in the Great ShakeOut campaign, an annual earthquake drill designed to educate people and organizations on how to prepare and protect themselves at work, school and community centres during an earthquake.

His Highness the Aga Khan Receives ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development
Press Release
27/10/2011 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, received the 2011 Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development at the ULI's Annual Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo in Los Angeles.

The Arts of Darb al-Ahmar, Cairo
General News
25/10/2011 - "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”
General News
23/10/2011 - 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”.

Speech by Prince Hussain Aga Khan at the Launch of Lions Clubs International-AKDN Tree Planting Initiative in Nairobi City Park (Nairobi, Kenya)
Speech
19/10/2011 - Speech by Prince Hussain Aga Khan at the Launch of Lions Clubs International-AKDN Tree Planting Initiative in Nairobi City Park

1.5 Million Trees to Be Planted in Kenya by AKDN and Lions Clubs International
Press Release
19/10/2011 - To address the rapid deforestation taking place in Kenya, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Lions Clubs International have teamed up to plant 1.5 million trees in Kenya by June 2012. The programme is part of a broader effort by AKDN institutions to plant 10 million trees by 2014.

University of Central Asia publishes two volumes, rich historical ethnographic research on the Kyrgyz küü
Press Release
05/10/2011 - The Kyrgyz Küüs: Analysis, Thoughts, and Opinions, Volumes I and II (Kïrgïz küülörü: Iliktöölör, oylor, pikirler, 1-2 kitep) published by the University of Central Asia, was launched yesterday evening at Bishkek’s Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

A Celebration of the Poetry and Music of Pakistan in Paris
General News
07/10/2011 - 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.

The Aga Khan Music Initiative and Al Mawred Al Thaqafy Bring Together Arab and Central Asian Musicians at Sixth Remix Music Workshop in Aswan
Press Release
18/09/2011 - The Aga Khan Music Initiative and Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Culture Resource) launched the Sixth Remix music workshop and tour under the leadership of Egyptian music director Fathy Salama and Lebanese composer and oud player Charbel Rouhana.

UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education, Khorog supports Roof of the World Festival 2011
General News
12/09/2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - Issue 94

AKTC Receives 2011 UNESCO Award for Culture Heritage Conservation
General News
02/09/2011 - 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
General News
26/08/2011 - The Aga Khan Foundation is supporting the "Global Compact on Learning: Taking Action on Education in Developing Countries"

Tajik and Afghan officials Inaugurate Vanj Bridge Built by AKDN as Part of Cross-border Initiatives
Press Release
16/08/2011 - The Vanj Bridge, the fourth in a series of bridges funded by the Aga Khan Development Network, was inaugurated today by Tajikistan’s President H.E. Emomali Rahmon.

Interview with the Aga Khan: How East Africans can build one common destiny for and by themselves, step by intelligent step
In the Media
14/08/2011 - Peter Mwaura spoke to His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network and spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, on a wide range of issues — from media ownership in developing societies to religion, development and the quality of life, as well as the risks that wealth disparities pose to regional economic and political integration.

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
General News
11/08/2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - Issue 93

FOCUS Pakistan assists in evacuating victims affected by collapse of Karachi’s Lyari Building
Press Release
09/08/2011 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network, has mobilised members of its Disaster Assessment and Response Team (DART), to assess the damage resulting from the collapse of the Lyari Building and identify rescue and relief needs.

Mountain Societies Research Centre: A New Initiative of the University of Central Asia
General News
04/08/2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - Issue 92

His Highness the Aga Khan meets with the Secretary General of the East African Community
General News
29/07/2011 - 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.

New Graduate School of Media and Communications Launched at Aga Khan University in Kenya
Press Release
28/07/2011 - Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications in Nairobi was launched at a foundation stone ceremony held in the presence of Prime Minister Raila Odinga and His Highness the Aga Khan. The School, which will begin accepting students in 2014, is dedicated to educating media leaders – and fostering media institutions – who will advance the highest standards of competence, ethics, professionalism and social responsibility in their industry.

Foundation Ceremony for the AKU Graduate School of Media and Communications
Speech
27/07/2011 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Ceremony for the AKU Graduate School of Media and Communications (Nairobi, Kenya)

Speech by Dov Zerah, Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Speech
25/07/2011 - Speech by Dov Zerah, Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

President Kibaki and Aga Khan Open Aga Khan University Hospital's Heart and Cancer Centre
Press Release
25/07/2011 - His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya inaugurated the Aga Khan University Hospital’s Heart and Cancer Centre today, in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

Inauguration of the Heart and Cancer Centre at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi
Speech
25/07/2011 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Heart and Cancer Centre at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi (Kenya)

Speech by H.E. Hon. Mwai Kibaki during the Official Opening of the Aga Khan Heart and Cancer Centre, Aga Khan University Hospital
Speech
25/07/2011 - Speech by H.E. Hon. Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H., M.P. President and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Kenya during the Official Opening of the Aga Khan Heart and Cancer Centre, Aga Khan University Hospital

University of Ottawa Faculty trains SPCE Instructors for English for Academic Purposes Programme
General News
05/07/2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - Issue 90

World Bank Managing Director Dr Okonjo-Iweala
General News
01/07/2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - issue 89

Kazakhstan’s school students receive ICDL professional certification
General News
27/06/2011 - University of Central Asia - Issue 88

Princess Zahra Aga Khan speech at the 2011 Ashden Awards
Speech
16/06/2011 - Princess Zahra Aga Khan speech at the 2011 Ashden Awards (London, United Kingdom)

Clean Energy Pioneer AKPBS Receives Prestigious Environmental Prize for BACIP Programme in Pakistan
Press Release
16/06/2011 - The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service’s (AKPBS) innovative Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP) received the Award for Avoided Deforestation at the 2011 Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy.

University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education officially opens its Bishkek Learning Centre
General News
03/06/2011 - 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
General News
02/06/2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - Issue 92

First Afghan learners graduate from SPCE, Khorog
General News
30/05/2011 - University of Central Asia Newsletter - Issue 84

Aga Khan Planning and Building Service a Finalist for Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy
Press Release
18/05/2011 - The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service‘s (AKPBS) innovative Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP) has been selected as one of the finalists for the Ashden Awards 2011.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture’s 12th Cycle Launched; Award Now Open for Submissions
Press Release
12/05/2011 - The twelfth triennial cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which runs from 2011 until autumn 2013, is now open for nominations. General criteria for nomination are straightforward: “projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture”.

His Highness the Aga Khan receives the 2011 University of California, San Francisco Medal
Press Release
26/04/2011 - His Highness the Aga Khan today received the 2011 University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medal, the University’s most prestigious award.

Remarks by Kyrgyz Republic President Roza Otunbaeva
Speech
23/03/2011 - Remarks by Kyrgyz Republic President Roza Otunbaeva at the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank

Inauguration of the New Head Office of the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank
Speech
23/03/2011 - Remarks by Prince Rahim Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the New Head Office of the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank

Kyrgyzstan’s President Inaugurates New Head Office of the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank
Press Release
23/03/2011 - Her Excellency President Otunbaeva today officially inaugurated the new Head Office of the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB) in the presence of Prince Rahim Aga Khan.

Aga Khan Music Initiative's Songs and Albums Earn Music Award Nominations
Press Release
18/03/2011 - Six albums and songs from the Central Asia series produced by the Aga Khan Music Initiative and Smithsonian Folkways were selected as finalists for the 10th Independent Music Awards.

Microfinance Client Wins Micro-Entrepreneurship Award
Press Release
22/02/2011 - A client of the First MicroFinanceBank (an institution of the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance) in Pakistan, Purdum Wali, won the “Best National Micro-Entrepreneur Award Male” at the recent Citi-PPAF Micro-entrepreneurship Awards 2010 ceremony held in Islamabad.

Trees for Food, Fuel and Fodder
Press Release
30/01/2011 - The Aga Khan Development Network, which has planted over 100 million trees in Asia and Africa over the last 25 years, will plant over 10 million more trees. The commitment coincides with the International Year of Forests.

The Musical Arts of the Pamirs: University of Central Asia Launches Series on Pamir Music and Heritage
Press Release
21/01/2011 - The Musical Arts of the Pamirs, Volumes I, II, and III was launched today at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe. Published by the University of Central Asia (UCA), the three-volume set is part of a five-volume study on folk music, oral history, and theatre traditions from the Pamir region of Tajikistan.

Turismo: Factor de transformação social e económica
Speech
16/12/2010 - Comunicação apresentada por Sua Excelência Armando Emílio Guebuza, Presidente da República de Moçambique, na cerimónia de inauguração do Hotel Polana Serena

Overview of the Polana Hotel
General News
16/12/2010 - Situated in the heart of Maputo on four hectares of lush grounds, the Polana has long been regarded one of Africa’s leading hotels.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Restoration of the Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo, Mozambique
Speech
16/12/2010 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Restoration of the Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo, Mozambique

Speech by Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Restoration the Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo, Mozambique
Speech
16/12/2010 - Speech by Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Restoration of the Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo, Mozambique

Mozambique’s Historic Polana Serena Hotel Restored
Press Release
16/12/2010 - Mozambique’s Presdient Armando Guebuza and His Highness the Aga Khan inaugurated the refurbishment of the Serena Polana Hotel to its former glory. The Polana, long-considered the "Grande Dame" of Maputo, underwent a multi-year refurbishment. "World-class travel facilities can be crucial components of what we call ‘an enabling environment,’ a setting in which additional development initiatives can take root and thrive," said the Aga Khan.

Speech by Oleg Grabar, Recipient of the 2010 Chairman’s Award
Speech
24/11/2010 - Speech by Oleg Grabar, Recipient of the 2010 Chairman’s Award, at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2010 Award Presentation Ceremony (Doha, Qatar)

Microfinance Bank in Pakistan Receives CGAP’s Silver Category Award for Social Reporting
General News
07/12/2010 - 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.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Ceremony
Speech
24/11/2010 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2010 Award Presentation Ceremony (Doha, Qatar)

Five Projects Receive 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture; Oleg Grabar Receives Chairman’s Award
Press Release
24/11/2010 - On 24 November 2010, in Doha, Qatar, five projects selected for the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced at a ceremony held at the Museum of Islamic Art today. His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani the Emir of Qatar and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser joined His Highness the Aga Khan in presiding over the ceremony.

Prince Hussain Signs Charter of Climate Action at Governors' Global Climate Summit 3
Press Release
17/11/2010 - The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has joined regional, state and provincial leaders and representatives of non-governmental organizations in a new sub-national effort to break the current climate negotiation impasse.

Speech by the Minister of Culture and Communication, M. Frédéric Mitterrand
Speech
09/11/2010 - Presentation of decorations to His Highness the Aga Khan (Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters) and Prince Amyn Aga Khan (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the Minister of Culture and Communication, M. Frédéric Mitterrand

French Government Bestows Honors for Contributions to Culture
General News
09/11/2010 - 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.

Brazil and the Ismaili Imamat sign Protocol to support development activities
Press Release
10/11/2010 - The Federative Republic of Brazil and the Ismaili Imamat - the office of the Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims – today signed a Protocol of Intentions to support development activities as part of their joint efforts to support the fight against poverty, during the official two-day visit of President of Brazil Lula da Silva to Mozambique.

Speech by Prince Amyn Aga Khan
Speech
05/11/2010 - Speech by Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the inauguration of "Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Arts of the Book and Calligraphy", Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul

Istanbul Opening for “Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Arts of the Book and Calligraphy”
Press Release
05/11/2010 - Following seven different exhibitions in Europe that have attracted over half a million visitors, a new selection of masterpieces from the Aga Khan Museum will be on show at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul, from 5 November 2010 to 27 February 2011. The exhibition, which is sponsored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), has been organised in close cooperation with the host museum.

President Amadou Toumani Touré Opens Centre for Earthen Architecture in Mali
Press Release
29/10/2010 - On 29 October 2010, President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali officially opened the new Centre for Earthen Architecture in Mopti. The centre, located in the city’s Komoguel district, is the outcome of a public-private partnership between the Ministry of Culture, the municipality of Mopti and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

AKDN and the International Baccalaureate Team Up to Improve Access to Quality Education in Developing World
Press Release
28/10/2010 - The Aga Khan Development Network Foundation (AKDN Foundation) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) agreed today to intensify joint efforts to broaden access to quality education for students across the developing world and provide richer and more global perspectives to those in the industrialised world.

Aga Khan Development Network and French Government sign an agreement for Cooperation in Syria
Press Release
26/10/2010 - The French Government and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) today signed a Partnership Convention for bilateral cooperation in Syria.

Introduction by The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
Speech
15/10/2010 - Introduction by The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson - LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium

His Highness the Aga Khan Delivers the 10th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture
Speech
15/10/2010 - Lecture by His Highness the Aga Khan: The LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture (Toronto, Canada)

AKTC Receives UNESCO Award of Distinction for Community-based Restoration in Pakistan
Press Release
07/10/2010 - Another Aga Khan Trust for Culture restoration project, the Gulabpur Khanqah in Shigar valley, Skardu, Baltistan, was recently awarded the has received the UNESCO 2010 Asia-Pacific Award of Distinction in Cultural Heritage. It is the ninth consecutive time that AKTC has received a UNESCO Asia Pacific Cultural Heritage Award for its conservation efforts in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan province.

Update on Global Centre for Pluralism
General News
07/10/2010 - 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

Inauguration ceremony of the National Park of Mali
Speech
22/09/2010 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the inauguration ceremony of the National Park of Mali (Bamako, Mali)

Fastest Growing City in Africa Gets 103-hectare Urban Park
Press Release
22/09/2010 - President of Mali and Aga Khan Inaugurate National Park of Mali as part of events to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Malian Independence.

His Highness the Aga Khan joins Heads of State in Mali for 50th Anniversary of Independence
General News
20/09/2010 - 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
General News
08/09/2010 - 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
General News
03/09/2010 - 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.

FOCUS assists thousands of flood victims in Pakistan
Press Release
12/08/2010 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network, has launched a relief effort to assist the thousands of people displaced by the recent floods in the Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral regions of northern Pakistan.

KfW Signs Agreement on Expansion of AKPBS Water and Sanitation Programme
General News
09/08/2010 - 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
General News
27/07/2010 - 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
General News
27/07/2010 - 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.

The Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) and AKDN Sign Protocol of Co-operation
Press Release
21/07/2010 - The Executive Secretary of the CPLP, Mr Domingos Simões Pereira, and the AKDN Representative for Portugal and Mozambique, Mr Nazim Ahmad, signed today a Protocol of Co-operation during the Eighth Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP).

Statement at the Kabul Conference on Afghanistan (Kabul, Afghanistan)
Speech
20/07/2010 - Statement by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Kabul Conference on Afghanistan

AKPBS Programmes Cited in UN Good Practices Publication
General News
30/06/2010 - 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
General News
22/06/2010 - 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
General News
14/06/2010 - 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
General News
10/06/2010 - 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
General News
06/06/2010 - 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”.

Speech by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Speech
28/05/2010 - Speech by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park

Aga Khan and Canadian Prime Minister Preside at Foundation Ceremony of the Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and Park in Toronto
General News
28/05/2010 - 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.

Speech by the Aga Khan at the Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park
Speech
28/05/2010 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park

Social Inclusion in Portugal: AKF Co-hosts Conference on Primary Education
Blog
27/05/2010 - As part of their work in the field of social inclusion, the Aga Khan Foundation and the Ministry’s Regional Education Authority of Lisbon and Tagus Valley (DRELVT) jointly hosted a conference of education workers, aimed at sharing experience and knowledge. The event took place at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon on Saturday, 22nd May, and involved involve around 250 teachers, parents, local authorities, Curricular Enrichment Activities-related institutions.

Media Advisory: Aga Khan to Launch New Institutions in Toronto, Canada
Press Release
26/05/2010 - Foundation Ceremony for the Ismaili Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and Park to take place in Toronto, on Friday.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Shortlists 19 Projects + New Award Microsite + On-line Press Kit
Press Release
25/05/2010 - The shortlist of 19 nominees for the 2010 cycle of Aga Khan Award for Architecture was announced today by the Master Jury.

The First MicroBank Mozambique is Inaugurated as a Rural Microfinance Bank
Press Release
08/05/2010 - The First MicroBank Mozambique (FMB-M) was inaugurated today, in a ceremony attended by President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique and Governor Eliseu Machava of Cabo Delgado.

Escapade gourmande au Mali
In the Media
02/04/2010 - Guy Lemaire propose un voyage dans le temps, au départ du port de Mopti, le plus animé d'Afrique de l'Ouest, et au rythme des eaux du fleuve Niger. Il prend ensuite la route vers Djenné et sa mosquée, puis Tombouctou, ville mystérieuse aux 333 saints, située à la croisée du fleuve Niger et du Sahara.

Remix Asia: A Catalyst for New Music
Press Release
28/10/2009 - What do nineteen musicians hailing from eight countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Eurasia have in common? That was the question that participants in Remix Asia strove to answer during an intensive, fortnight-long workshop and concert tour that ended in Aleppo, Syria on October 18.

Collaboration between the Kronos Quartet and the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia
General News
24/03/2010 - 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 a Graduate School of Media and Communications
Press Release
18/03/2010 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of Aga Khan University, today announced the establishment of a Graduate School of Media and Communications in East Africa.

Daily Nation 50th Anniversary special supplement
Speech
18/03/2010 - Foreword by His Highness the Aga Khan for the Daily Nation 50th Anniversary special supplement

Speech by His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki
Speech
18/03/2010 - Speech by His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H., M.P., President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kenya during the Official Opening of the Pan Africa Media Conference, Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi

Conference Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Nation Media Group: "Media and the African Promise"
Speech
18/03/2010 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Conference Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Nation Media Group: "Media and the African Promise."

Aga Khan Announces New Graduate School of Media and Communications at Pan-Africa Media Conference in Nairobi
General News
18/03/2010 - 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.

Aga Khan Museum Collection in Berlin, 17 March to 6 June 2010, at the Martin-Gropius-Bau
Press Release
16/03/2010 - Over two hundred masterpieces of the Muslim world, spanning over a thousand years of history, will be shown at the Martin-Gropius Bau in Berlin from 17 March to 6 June 2010. The artworks form the core of the future Aga Khan Museum, due to open in 2013 in Toronto, Canada.

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

General News
04/03/2010 - 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.

Marketplace on Innovative Financial Solutions for Development
Speech
04/03/2010 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan to the "Marketplace on Innovative Financial Solutions for Development" in Paris, France

Music of Central Asia Volumes 7-9: In the Media
General News
04/03/2010 - 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
General News
01/03/2010 - 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
General News
01/03/2010 - 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
General News
25/02/2010 - 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.

The First MicroFinanceBank Ltd and Pakistan Post Office Agree to Expand Microfinance Services for the Poor
Press Release
28/01/2010 - The First MicroFinanceBank Ltd - Pakistan (FMFB-P)and the Pakistan Post Office (PPO) will further expand operations to provide microfinance services to the poor through post offices.

Statement Issued at the London Conference on Afghanistan
Speech
28/01/2010 - His Highness the Aga Khan's Statement at the London Conference on Afghanistan

Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance Expands in Damascus, Syria
Press Release
28/01/2010 - The First MicroFinance Institution Syria’s (FMFI-S) newest branch in Maysat, in the northern part of Damascus, was opened. The new branch will expand services offered to marginalised segments of the population with the aim of providing more poor people with financial services.

A Guide to Improving Disaster Resilience in Mountain Communities
General News
22/01/2010 - 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.

Focus Humanitarian Assistance Provides Relief for Landslide Victims in Hunza, Pakistan
Press Release
13/01/2010 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance is providing relief to four villages in northern Pakistan that were struck by a devastating landslide on 4 January 2010.

Microfinance Helps Poor Families Build Safer Housing in Pakistan
Press Release
12/01/2010 - The First MicroFinanceBank Ltd Pakistan (FMFB) and the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS) are launching a programme designed to help poor and low-income families make their homes safer, healthier and more energy efficient.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announces Master Jury for 2010
Press Release
08/01/2010 - The members of the Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which selects the recipients of the Award, were announced.

His Highness the Aga Khan receives "Prix de l’Entrepreneur philanthropique de l’année 2009"
General News
17/12/2009 - 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.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Cour des Comptes (Court of Accounts), Palais Cambon
Speech
17/12/2009 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan on Acceptance of the 2009 Nouvel Economiste Philanthropic Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Award (Cour des Comptes - Court of Accounts, Palais Cambon)

Towards a Happier State: Many NGOs are helping Bihar bring in change
In the Media
30/11/2009 - "Non-governmental organisations are making a difference to the lives of poor and marginalised people in India," and most particularly in the state of Bihar, reports Surendra Laxminarayan Rao in The Telegraph. "The Aga Khan Foundation is an example of an NGO that, through its development network, is working on livelihood enhancement, health, sanitation and education," the journalist states, stressing that "the difference that small interventions by NGOs can make in the limited geography they work in is striking".

Afghan Enclave Seen as Model for Development
In the Media
12/11/2009 - “Small grants given directly to villagers have brought about modest but important changes in this corner of Afghanistan, offering a model in a country where official corruption and a Taliban insurgency have frustrated many large-scale development efforts... But forcing conditions would have violated a basic principle of the approach: never start a project that is not backed by all members of the community, or it will fail. ‘People have to be mentally ready,’ said Akhtar Iqbal, Aga Khan’s director in Badakhshan. If they are not, the school or clinic will languish unused, a frequent problem with large-scale development efforts.”

Free Clinics in Pakistan Promote Microinsurance for Healthcare
Press Release
07/11/2009 - The First Microinsurance Agency (FMiA), a part of the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, has launched a new programme designed to make poor people aware of microinsurance services and their benefits.

Prince Amyn Aga Khan Speaking at the IFC Breakfast, Istanbul, Turkey
Speech
04/10/2009 - Prince Amyn Aga Khan Speaking at the International Finance Corporation breakfast, in Istanbul, Turkey, 4 October 2009

The State of California and the Ismaili Imamat Partner to Confront Poverty
Press Release
02/11/2009 - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and His Highness the Aga Khan signed an agreement of cooperation reaffirming their shared commitment to dedicate human and material resources to confront poverty. The agreement builds on past collaboration between California and the agencies of the AKDN, and facilitates further collaboration in areas of mutual interest.

Aga Khan University and University of California, San Francisco form Partnership to Help the Underprivileged
Press Release
02/11/2009 - The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Aga Khan University (AKU) signed a memorandum of understanding today to advance their common goal to promote equitable human advancement and social justice in the less privileged parts of the world. The agreement was signed at the Capitol Building in Sacramento in the presence of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and His Highness the Aga Khan.

The US State of Texas and the Ismaili Imamat sign a landmark cooperation agreement
General News
30/10/2009 - 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.

Take Steps to Prevent Spread of H1N1 and Seasonal Flu, Urge FOCUS and Aga Khan Health Boards
Blog
25/10/2009 - FOCUS and the Aga Khan Health Boards have urged people to take steps to prevent the spread of H1N1 and the Seasonal Flu. The notice includes information on common flu symptoms and steps to avoid contracting the illness, as well as steps that can be taken to treat the various strains of flu, including the H1N1 subtype.

Building Disaster-Resilient Communities in Afghanistan
General News
11/10/2009 - 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.

Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of Khorog City Park
Speech
10/10/2009 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of Khorog City Park

An Urban Park Is Inaugurated in Khorog, Tajikistan
Press Release
10/10/2009 - Tajik Government dignitaries and officials from the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) today inaugurated a US$ 4 million urban park in Khorog – the main city of Tajikistan’s mountainous Gorno-Badakshan Automomous Oblast situated on the border with Afghanistan.

AKDN's Post-Earthquake Relief and Reconstruction Efforts in Kashmir
Blog
04/10/2009 - After the October 2005 earthquake devastated large parts of Kashmir on both sides of the Line of Control, as well as significant parts of the North West Frontier province in Pakistan, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) responded, through its affiliate FOCUS, to provide relief assistance to communities on both sides of the Line of Control.

AKDN Sponsors and Participates in Governors’ Global Climate Summit 2
Press Release
30/09/2009 - The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a major sponsor of the Governors’ Global Climate Summit, held 30 September – 2 October 2009 in Los Angeles.

Learning Is an SMS Away: Mobile Phones in Education
Blog
15/09/2009 - Teachers in remote villages can now receive assistance from colleaugues in central locations through text messages on mobile phones -- a system being piloted by the Aga Khan University's Institute for Educational Development in East Africa (AKU-IED, EA).

FMFB and Harvard University to Research Social Performance
Press Release
11/09/2009 - The First MicroFinanceBank Ltd. (FMFB) recently signed an agreement with Harvard University to develop social performance indicators through a participatory approach whereby the poor articulate their needs and influence the Bank’s creation of microfinance products and services.

Inauguration of the Revitalized Forodhani Park, Stone Town, Zanzibar
Speech
30/07/2009 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Revitalized Forodhani Park, Stone Town, Zanzibar

Aga Khan Reviews Progress on AKDN Projects in East Africa
Press Release
29/07/2009 - His Highness the Aga Khan, accompanied by his daughter Princess Zahra, reviewed progress on various projects of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), including the US$ 50 million Heart and Cancer Centre of the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi and the Aga Khan Academy's residential campus and the Aga Khan Hospital (both in Mombasa).

US$ 2.4 million Revitalisation of Forodhani Park in Zanzibar’s Historic Stone Town Completed
Press Release
29/07/2009 - The US$ 2.4 million restoration of Forodhani Park in Zanzibar’s Historic Stone Town has been completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). The revitalisation project has transformed the heavily used park – one of the last open spaces in this densely populated World Heritage Site – and upgraded social and recreational amenities in the historic Park.

Microfinance Activities Expand in Syria
Press Release
23/07/2009 - The First MicroFinance Institution Syria, KfW Entwicklungsbank, and the State Planning Commission of Syria signed two financial agreements that will expand FMFI-S’s loan activities to the poorest inhabitants of Syria as well as to people in rural areas.

UCA's School of Professional and Continuing Education Teaches Critical Skills for Central Asia Economies
Blog
26/06/2009 - The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) is training adults and young people in the critical skills needed in the new Central Asia economies, including accounting, business English and mountain guide training. Over 5000 people have graduated from the SPCE.

Focus Humanitarian Assistance Receives UN Disaster Reduction Award
Press Release
16/06/2009 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (Pakistan) was selected by the Jury of the 2009 UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction to receive a Certificate of Merit for enhancing disaster risk reduction.

Aga Khan Awarded an Honorary Doctorate at University of Cambridge; UCA Scholars to Study at Cambridge
Press Release
12/06/2009 - His Highness the Aga Khan received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the University of Cambridge; Agreement on Scholarships will enable outstanding young students from Central Asia to study for higher degrees at Cambridge.

AKU and University of Alberta Expand Partnership; Aga Khan Receives Honorary Degree and Will Be Granted Honorary Canadian Citizenship
Press Release
09/06/2009 - His Highness the Aga Khan received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Alberta for his efforts to improve the lives of the world's poorest people and for promoting pluralism and tolerance. The long-standing partnership between Aga Khan University and the University of Alberta was also strengthened.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Graduation Ceremony of the University of Alberta
Speech
09/06/2009 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Graduation Ceremony of the University of Alberta

Social Audits in Afghanistan: Making Local Governance More Transparent
Blog
08/06/2009 - As Afghanistan struggles to rebuild a society which can supply its people’s needs after years of conflict, one of the most widespread and persistent complaints is of corruption and the lack of accountability in government. Social audits, which are carried out with the agreement of the community development council and the community, allow local people to "audit" how funds are used, pose questions about the progress of a development project and ask about staffing and maintenance costs.

Exhibition from Aga Khan Museum Collection Inaugurated by King of Spain and Aga Khan in Madrid
Press Release
04/06/2009 - His Majesty the King of Spain and His Highness the Aga Khan inaugurate Madrid exhibition: "The Islamic Worlds in the Aga Khan Museum Collection" at CaixaForum in Madrid.

Roshan Announces Expansion of Afghanistan’s First Telemedicine Project to Bamyan Region
Press Release
31/05/2009 - Roshan, Cisco, the Government of Afghanistan, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, the French Medical Institute for Children, Aga Khan Health Services and the Bamyan Provincial Hospital Team up to Expand Healthcare Access by Linking Afghan Hospitals to International Medical Institutions

France Grants Aga Khan Titles of “Grand Mécène” and “Grand Donateur”
Press Release
28/05/2009 - France’s Minister for Culture, Christine Albanel, honoured the Aga Khan with the titles of Grand Patron (Grand Mécène) and Grand Donor (Grand Donateur) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cultural development in France through the Foundation for the Preservation and Development of the Chantilly Domain (Fondation pour la sauvegarde et le développement du domaine de Chantilly) as well as the numerous cultural programmes implemented by the cultural agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network throughout the world.

Discours de Son Altesse l’Aga Khan à l’occasion de la remise de la distinction de Grand Mécène et de Grand Donateur
Speech
28/05/2009 - Discours de Son Altesse l’Aga Khan à l’occasion de la remise de la distinction de Grand Mécène et de Grand Donateur du Ministère de la Culture Paris, le 28 mai 2009

Aga Khan Meets German Chancellor Merkel to Discuss Expanding Cooperation
Press Release
15/05/2009 - His Highness the Aga Khan arrived in Berlin yesterday for a two-day official visit to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul.

AKPBS Water and Sanitation Programme Receives Best Practices Award
Press Release
12/05/2009 - The Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP), an initiative of Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS,P), was declared as one of the twelve winners of the Dubai International Award for Best Practices (DIABP).

Remarks by the President of the Academy of Sciences, Professor Arantes e Oliveira
Speech
08/05/2009 - Remarks by the President of the Academy of Sciences, Professor Arantes e Oliveira at the Investiture Ceremony of His Highness as a Foreign Member of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal)

Aga Khan in Lisbon for Talks with Cardinal Patriarch and Foreign Minister
Press Release
08/05/2009 - His Highness the Aga Khan made a one-day visit to Portugal to meet with the His Eminence D. Jose Policarpo, the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon and Chancellor of the Catholic University of Portugal (UCP), and Portugal's Foreign Minister, Luis Amado.

Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at Portugal's Academy of Sciences
Speech
08/05/2009 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Academy of Sciences, in Lisbon, Portugal

Multi-Input Area Development
Blog
29/04/2009 - The concept of "multi-input area development" has gained currency in recent years, reflecting a new understanding of the complexity of sustainable development. AKDN's approach arose in the Northern Areas of Pakistan following a visit by His Highness the Aga Khan to the rural development programme in the 1980s. On that visit, the Aga Khan saw the rural support program expanding naturally into health and education, but he also saw a need for micro-insurance, environmental projects, seismic-resistant home construction, village planning and the restoration of cultural monuments. AKDN's "Multi-input Area Development" approach is now applied in programme areas throughout South and Central Asia, the Middle East and both East and West Africa.

Looking Beyond the Cities
In the Media
29 April 2009 - The Opinion pages of the Toronto Globe & Mail excerpted portions of a speech delivered by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Global Philanthropy Forum, Washington, DC, 23 April 2009: "If we are to succeed we will need, first, to readjust our orientation by focusing on the immense size and diversity of rural populations whether they are in peri-urban or rural environments. For no one can dispute, I think, that a large number of the world's recent problems have been born in the country sides of the poorest continents."

Global Philanthropy Forum, Washington, DC
Speech
23/04/2009 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Global Philanthropy Forum

Investing in Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Blog
21/04/2009 - Early childhood lays critical foundations for a person’s entire life – a finding demonstrated not only by the latest advanced research in neuroscience and genetics but by nutrition and child development studies and programme evaluation data, including data from AKDN’s own programmes. Investments in Early Childhood Development (ECD) therefore offer outstanding returns, in both human and financial terms. The following paper explores approaches to ECD and the work of several AKDN agencies in this field.

Clean and Green
Blog
17/04/2009 - The district of Surkh-e-Parsa lies at the upper end of the Ghorband Valley, not far from where the road begins to climb the bare hills to the Shibar Pass. Three green valleys converge at the district centre of Lolinj. The local people grow wheat and tend their fruit trees, but they have always been poor. For them, even before the war, the notion of electricity was a distant dream.

MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship Awarded to AKU's Urban Health Program
Blog
16/04/2009 - The Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation today (16/04/2009) announced the winners of the first annual MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. The first place winner is the Urban Health Program based in Aga Khan University in Pakistan. From the press release: "This innovative and long-standing program run by Aga Khan University’s Department of Community Health Sciences provides critical health and socio-economic support to the squatter settlements of Karachi."

Two Agreements for Reducing the Risk of Natural Disasters in Tajikistan
Press Release
09/04/2009 - The Embassy of Japan in Tajikistan signs agreement with FOCUS to reduce the risk of Natural Hazards in Tajikistan; DFID, SDC and FOCUS sign agreement to reduce the risk of glacial lake outburst floods on Tajik communities

Aga Khan University Hosts Summit on Chronic Diseases in Kampala, Uganda
Press Release
07/02/2009 - Aga Khan University (AKU) Hosts Conference on "Preparing Communities: Chronic Diseases in the Developing Regions of Africa and Asia"

His Highness the Aga Khan Meets with Singapore Foreign Minister
Press Release
18/01/2009 - His Highness the Aga Khan on Sunday hosted a lunch in Paris for Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, announced establishment of Ismaili Centre

FMFB-Pakistan and FMFB-Tajikistan Among Top-100 MFIs in 2008 MIX Global 100 Rankings
Press Release
24/12/2008 - First MicroFinance Bank of Pakistan ranked seventh in the 2008 MIX Global 100 Composite Rankings of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs).

France and AKDN in Agreement on Development
Press Release
09/12/2008 - France and AKDN in Agreement on Development - La France devient partenaire de la fondation Aga Khan

Inaugural Ceremony of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Ottawa
Speech
06/12/2008 - Inaugural Ceremony of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat (Ottawa, Canada)

Inauguration of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, Canada
Press Release
06/12/2008 - His Highness the Aga Khan and the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, inaugurate the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, Canada

Aga Khan holds up Canada as model for the world
In the Media
23 November 2008 - What may often sound to Canadians like a discordant cacophony of voices from our diverse cultures and interest groups is apparently music to the ears of the Aga Khan.

McMaster and AKU Sign MOU for Expanded Partnership
Press Release
22/11/2008 - McMaster University and the Aga Khan University (AKU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to address commonly shared objectives in the health sciences, sciences, the social sciences, humanities and business

Speech by President Dr. Peter George at the Memorandum of Agreement Signing (Toronto, Canada)
Speech
22/11/2008 - Speech by President Dr. Peter George at the Memorandum of Agreement Signing between the McMaster University and the Aga Khan University (Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Canada)

Statement by Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the 10th German World Bank Forum: “The Asian Century: Challenges in the Economic Crisis”
Speech
20/11/2008 - Statement by Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the 10th German World Bank Forum “The Asian Century: Challenges in the Economic Crisis” (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)

AKDN at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit
Press Release
19/11/2008 - AKDN at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit

His Highness the Aga Khan in Canada to Discuss Development Partnerships, Celebrate Golden Jubilee
Press Release
18/11/2008 - His Highness the Aga Khan arrives in Ottawa today at the start of an 8-day visit to Canada on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Avignon Forum
Speech
16/11/2008 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Avignon Forum: The value and importance of cultural diversity and its role in promoting peace and development (Avignon, France)

Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance Expands in Egypt
Press Release
27/10/2008 - AKAM Partners with USAID to Expand in Aswan; Holds AKAM/Deutsche Bank Microfinance Forum in Cairo

First MicroFinanceBank Pioneers Housing Finance in Afghanistan
Press Release
08/10/2008 - First MicroFinanceBank–Afghanistan to Pioneer Access to Housing Finance with the Support of IFC

Aga Khan Visits Central Asia
Press Release
01/10/2008 - His Highness the Aga Khan completed a nine-day tour of three central Asian nations during which he met with top government officials.

Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance Expands Operations in Madagascar
Press Release
15/09/2008 - The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance has expanded its operations in Madagascar to a new district with the opening of a branch in Analavory.

Blooming in Cairo
In the Media
1 September 2008 - "A daring “green” experiment closely linked to Cairo’s past is blossoming in an unlikely spot - next to the city’s ancient eastern ramparts, on the site of a vast, almost equally ancient rubbish dump. For half a millennium, residents had tossed and hauled household garbage and building debris “over the wall,” creating a hilly landfill that rose as high as 40 meters (130') in the medieval heart of Cairo. Today, the site has been turned into a park modeled on the traditional Islamic garden, offering peace and quiet, and a view like no other. The $30-million park project was spearheaded by the Aga Khan, whose family ties to Cairo date back to its founding by the Fatimids in 969..."

Aga Khan Inaugurates Aleppo Citadel Project
Press Release
28/08/2008 - His Highness the Aga Khan today inaugurated the medieval citadel overlooking Syria's ancient city of Aleppo.

Aga Khan Development Network and Government of Syria Sign Agreements to Foster Social and Cultural Development
Press Release
26/08/2008 - The Syrian Government and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) today signed three landmark agreements designed to strengthen collaboration in the areas of microfinance, healthcare, and cultural tourism.

Aga Khan University Signs Agreement to Further Health and Education Development in Syria
Press Release
25/08/2008 - The Ministries of Health and Higher Education of the Government of Syria and Aga Khan University (AKU) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance capacity in the health sector.

Des pavés recyclés contre le fléau des déchets à Mopti
In the Media
25 August 2008 - "Depuis des années, des tonnes de déchets plastiques s'entassent aux quatre coins de la ville de Mopti, au Mali. Une solution pour mettre fin à un tel fléau a été trouvée : le recyclage et la transformation de ces déchets en pavés urbains. La prolifération des sachets plastiques à Mopti, au Mali, pose un véritable problème de salubrité et d'assainissement. C'est dans ce contexte que le Trust Aga Khan pour la Culture (AKTC) s'est inspiré d'une expérience qui a fait école au Niger et a collaboré avec l'ONG RESEDA afin de former des apprentis artisans à la technique de transformation des déchets plastiques en pavés urbains..."

Aga Khan Arrives in Syria on the Occasion of His Golden Jubilee
Press Release
24/08/2008 - His Highness the Aga Khan arrived in Damascus today, on a 6-day official visit to Syria.

Aga Khan University and Catholic University of Portugal Sign Agreement of Academic Collaboration
Press Release
12/07/2008 - Aga Khan University (AKU) and the Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) today signed an agreement of academic collaboration as part of their efforts to foster international understanding and scholarly cooperation between diverse cultures and faiths.

Speech made by Professor Manuel Braga da Cruz
Speech
12/07/2008 - Speech made by Professor Manuel Braga da Cruz at the Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Aga Khan University and the Catholic University of Portugal (Lisbon, Portugal)

Speech by Firoz Rasul, President, Aga Khan University
Speech
12/07/2008 - Speech by Firoz Rasul, President, Aga Khan University (Lisbon, Portugal)

His Highness the Aga Khan visits Portugal on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee (Press Advisory)
Press Release
09/07/2008 - His Highness the Aga Khan arrives in Lisbon tomorrow at the invitation of the Government.

Speech by the Rt. Hon. John Denham
Speech
03/07/2008 - Speech by the Rt. Hon. John Denham MP, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills Banquet (London, United Kingdom)

Banquet in London
Speech
03/07/2008 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Banquet (London, United Kingdom)

His Highness the Aga Khan in the United Kingdom to mark Golden Jubilee visit
Press Release
02/07/2008 - Official seven-day trip will mark 50 years of becoming Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and the Aga Khan Development Network’s long-standing partnership with the British Government.

Aga Khan Honoured at Nui Maynooth
Press Release
30/06/2008 - His Highness the Aga Khan today received an honorary law doctorate from National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

President John Hughes Citation
Speech
30/06/2008 - President John Hughes Citation at the National University of Ireland (Nui Maynooth, Ireland)

Académie des Beaux-Arts
Speech
18/06/2008 - Discours de Son Altesse l'Aga Khan à l'occasion de son installation en tant que membre associé étranger de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts au fauteuil de Kenzo Tange à l'Institut de France (Paris, France)

Discours par M. Arnaud d'Hauterives à l'Académie des Beaux-Arts
Speech
18/06/2008 - Discours d’installation de SA le Prince Karim Aga Khan IV par M. Arnaud d’Hauterives en tant que membre associé étranger de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts au fauteuil de Kenzo Tange à l'Institut de France (Paris, France)

Why the world needs more Canada
In the Media
12 June 2008 - "Twenty-five years ago, in the geographically isolated and economically marginalized regions of northern Pakistan, Canada - through funding from the Canadian International Development Agency and the Aga Khan Development Network - began an ambitious development effort. Built on the premise that beneficiaries, over time, must become the masters of the development process, the program brought together communities in local village organizations and helped them to define priorities and begin working towards achieving them."

The French government, the Afghan government and the Aga Khan sign a letter of intent on medical projects in Afghanistan
In the Media
12 June 2008 - "The French Development Agency (AFD), an institution under the patronage of the French government ministries, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan decided to pursue their partnership for the benefit of the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) in Kabul."

The French Government, the Afghan Government and the Aga Khan Sign a Letter of Intent on Medical Projects in Afghanistan
Press Release
12/06/2008 - Joint Press Release by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Aga Khan Development Network. During an international conference in support of Afghanistan, held in Paris on June 12, the French government and His Highness the Aga Khan reiterated their support for the health policy pursued by the Afghan government.

Afghanistan Conference, Paris
Speech
12/06/2008 - Statement of His Highness at the Afghanistan Conference (Paris, France)

Aga Khan Academy to be Established in Bangladesh
Press Release
20/05/2008 - His Highness the Aga Khan today laid a foundation stone for Bangladesh’s first Aga Khan Academy, emphasising the centrality of quality education in the Islamic tradition.

Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy, Dhaka
Speech
20/05/2008 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of The Aga Khan Academy (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Speech by Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy, Dhaka
Speech
20/05/2008 - Speech by Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, Bangladesh’s Education Adviser at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Salim Bhatia's Welcoming Remarks at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy, Dhaka
Speech
20/05/2008 - Salim Bhatia’s Welcoming Remarks at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

State Banquet during the Golden Jubilee Visit in Bangladesh
Speech
19/05/2008 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the State Banquet (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

International Conference on School Safety: Towards Building Safer Schools
Press Release
17/05/2008 - A three-day International Conference on School Safety was held here to address the weakness of the school buildings in which 17,000 school children lost their lives during the devastating October 2005 Kashmir earthquake.

Lancement d’une Agence de Microfinance en Côte d’Ivoire par le Président Gbagbo et l’Aga Khan
Press Release
29/04/2008 - Monsieur Laurent Gbagbo, président de la République de Côte d’Ivoire, et Son Altesse l’Aga Khan ont lancé aujourd’hui, à Abidjan, la Première Agence de MicroFinance (PAMF).

Dîner Officiel lors de la Visite du Jubilée d'Or au Burkina Faso
Speech
26/04/2008 - Discours de Son Altesse l’Aga Khan au Dîner Officiel offert par le Président de la République du Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)

Séminaire et Exposition de l'Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Ouagadougou
Speech
26/04/2008 - Discours de Son Altesse l’Aga Khan à l’Ouverture du Séminaire et de l’Exposition de l’AKAA sur les projets primés au Burkina Faso et en Afrique de l’Ouest (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)

Création d'un parc urbain à Bamako
Speech
25/04/2008 - Discours prononcé par Son Altesse l’Aga Khan lors de la cérémonie annonçant la création d’un parc urbain à Bamako (Bamako, Mali)

Discours du Président Amadou Touré lors de la Cérémonie annonçant la Création d'un Parc Urbain à Bamako
Speech
25/04/2008 - Discours prononcé par Monsieur Amadou Toumani Touré, Président de la République du Mali lors de la Cérémonie annonçant la Création d’un Parc Urbain à Bamako (Bamako, Mali)

Best of Asia 2008: The Wakhan Corridor
In the Media
25 April 2008 - "Local guides, trained by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), offer expert introductions to the region's nomadic cultures. Food is simple - rice, lamb, yogurt - but you can easily augment it with a yak-load of your own goodies to last the two-week round trip. The AKF has also established a string of simple guesthouses and spacious yurts for trekkers along the length of the journey, meaning that you can enjoy many of the comforts of home, without the proximity of work..."

Inauguration of the Great Mosque of Mopti
Speech
24/04/2008 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Ceremony of Inauguration of the Great Mosque of Mopti (Mopti, Mali)

Discours par le Président Amadou Touré lors de l'Inauguration de la Grande Mosquée de Mopti
Speech
24/04/2008 - Discours prononcé par Président Amadou Toumani Touré à la Cérémonie d’Inauguration de la Grande Mosquée de Mopti (Mopti, Mali)

Aga Khan receives Honorary Awards during his Visit in Timbuktu
Speech
24/04/2008 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan following the Presentation of the Title of Honorary Citizen of the Islamic Community of Timbuktu and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sankoré (Timbuktu, Mali)

Dîner Officiel lors de la Visite du Jubilée d'Or au Mali
Speech
23/04/2008 - Discours de Son Altesse l’Aga Khan au Dîner officiel offert par le Président de la République du Mali (Bamako, Mali)

Discours de M Amadou Touré lors du Dîner Officiel offert à l'occasion de la Visite du Jubilée d'Or au Mali
Speech
23/04/2008 - Discours de Monsieur Amadou Toumani Touré Président de la République du Mali lors du Dîner Officiel offert à l'occasion de la Visite du Jubilée d'Or de Son Altesse l'Aga Khan (Bamako, Mali)

Annual Meeting of the International Baccalaureate
Speech
18/04/2008 - "The Peterson Lecture" by His Highness the Aga Khan to the Annual Meeting of the International Baccalaureate, marking its 40th Anniversary (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Speech by Dr Monique Seefried at the Annual Meeting of the International Baccalaureate
Speech
18/04/2008 - Speech by Dr Monique Seefried, Chairman, IB Board of Governors at the Annual Meeting of the International Baccalaureate, 2008 Peterson Lecture (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Aga Khan Urges Educators to Embrace Pluralism and Diversity in Teaching: He urges intellectual humility and pluralism as essential to a 21st Century education
Press Release
18/04/2008 - His Highness the Aga Khan today said in addition to traditional subjects, schools across the world must teach pluralism - a capacity to see those from different backgrounds as equals.

Aga Khan University and University of Texas Establish Historic Partnership
Press Release
12/04/2008 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, and Texas Governor Rick Perry today hailed a landmark agreement between the Aga Khan University (AKU) and the University of Texas at Austin (UT) as a move towards narrowing the gap between the West and Islam and towards bridging the gulf between the industrialised countries and the developing world.

Dinner during the Golden Jubilee Visit in Texas
Speech
12/04/2008 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Dinner hosted by the Governor and First Lady of Texas (Austin, Texas, USA)

Aga Khan to Visit USA (Media Advisory)
Press Release
10/04/2008 - His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims arrives in Austin, Texas tomorrow, April 11th 2008 for an eight-day visit to the United States. The Aga Khan will visit Texas, California, Illinois and Georgia.

Steering Committee for Aga Khan Award's Eleventh Cycle (2008-2010) Announced
Press Release
02/04/2008 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture today announced the members of the new Steering Committee for the 11th Award cycle (2008 – 2010).

La mosquée de Djingareyber - Tombouctou, Mali
In the Media
2 April 2008 - "Restauration de la plus grande mosquée de Tombouctou : la mosquée de Djingareyber construite au XIVème siècle. La fondation Agha Khan est venue financer les travaux de ce patrimoine dont l'architecture en terre est très fragile. La beauté du site est une ressource essentielle à la survie de Tombouctou : c'est une halte touristique. Le chantier permet également d'apporter une vraie qualification professionnelle à la population locale... "

Music of Central Asia at the Louvre: Alim and Fargana Qasimov, Tengir-Too and The Academy of Maqam to Perform
Press Release
31/03/2008 - Musicians from Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan supported by the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia will be performing at the Louvre Auditorium on the 5, 6 and 13th of April.

“Masterpieces of the Aga Khan Museum” Opens at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon
Press Release
13/03/2008 - "The Path of Princes: Masterpieces of the Aga Khan Museum Collection" exhibition at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon was officially opened today by Emílio Rui Vilar, President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Prince Amyn Aga Khan, who was representing his brother, His Highness the Aga Khan.

First Microinsurance Agency Established in Pakistan
Press Release
27/02/2008 - Agency to make affordable life, health, and hospitalisation insurance for hundreds of thousands of Pakistan’s poor.

Asian Development Bank and Aga Khan Development Network Strengthen Partnership (Issued jointly by the Asian Development Bank and the Aga Khan Development Network)
Press Release
30/01/2008 - His Highness the Aga Khan today met with Mr. Haruhiko Kuroda, President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), for discussions on joint collaboration between the ADB and AKDN.

Speech by Princess Zahra Aga Khan at the United Nations World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2008-2009
Speech
25/01/2008 - Speech by Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Head of the Social Welfare Department of the Aga Khan Development Network, at the launch of the United Nations World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2008-2009 "Hospitals safe from disasters" (Davos, Switzerland)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture Starts US$2.2 million Revitalisation of Forodhani Park in Zanzibar’s Historic Stone Town
Press Release
18/01/2008 - Forodhani Park, the largest open space in Zanzibar's historic Stone Town (a World Heritage Site), will undergo a US$ 2.2 million restoration during 2008.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Revitalisation of Forodhani Park
Speech
18/01/2008 - Speech by Prince Amyn Aga Khan on the occasion of the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Revitalisation of Forodhani Park (Zanzibar)

1 Million Dollar World Bank Administered Japanese Grant for Northern Pakistan
Press Release
17/01/2008 - A US$959,239 grant was signed with Aga Khan Foundation today to alleviate economic and social poverty in Northern Pakistan through improvement in housing and living conditions.

Top Ranking for First MicroFinanceBank Pakistan in MIX Global 100 Report
Press Release
15/01/2008 - It was announced that The First MicroFinanceBank Ltd. (FMFB) of Pakistan, an institution of the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, was ranked 14th in the “2007 MIX Global 100: Rankings of Microfinance Institutions”.

First MicroFinance Bank’s Client Wins Best Micro-Entrepreneur Award
Press Release
27/11/2007 - The First MicroFinance Bank’s client, Ms. Sifat Gul from Gharam Chashma, Chitral won the "Best National Micro-Entrepreneur Award Female" at the recently organised Citi-PPAF Micro-entrepreneurship Awards 2007 ceremony in Islamabad.

State Banquet during the Golden Jubilee Visit in Madagascar
Speech
27/11/2007 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the State Banquet in Madagascar

Broadband Infrastructure Progressing Well
In the Media
22 November 2007 - "The Industrial Promotion Services (IPS), part of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) has joined other African investors in backing the construction of a US$ 650 million undersea optic fibre cable linking Mozambique, Madagascar, Kenya, and Tanzania with international broadband cables in South Africa, India and Europe (France)."

Aga Khan Praises Mozambique as a Valuable Model for the Developing World
Press Release
21/11/2007 - His Highness the Aga Khan yesterday praised Mozambique as a model of successful post-conflict development and hailed the country’s economic performance and tenacity in overcoming difficulties.

State Banquet during the Golden Jubilee Visit in Mozambique
Speech
20/11/2007 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the State Banquet(Maputo, Mozambique)

Speech by President Armando Guebuza at the State Banquet during the Golden Jubilee Visit in Mozambique
Speech
20/11/2007 - Speech by President of the Republic Armando Guebuza, Ponta Vermelha Palace, Official Banquet (Maputo, Mozambique)

Aga Khan to Arrive in Mozambique for Golden Jubilee Visit (Media Advisory)
Press Release
19/11/2007 - His Highness the Aga Khan arrives in Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo, on Tuesday, 20th November, for a 4-day official visit, at the invitation of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Armando Guebuza. During the visit, the Aga Khan will meet with members of the Ismaili Community and high level Government officials.

Conference on Central Asia and Europe, Berlin
Speech
13/11/2007 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Conference on Central Asia and Europe : A New Economic Partnership for the 21st Century (Berlin, Germany)

Aga Khan Trust Revives the Middle Ages
In the Media
7 November 2007 - "The Khayrbek and Umm Al-Sultan Shaaban monumental complexes, two of the finest examples of Islamic mediaeval architecture in the Darb Al-Ahmar district of Cairo, have been restored."

Two Major Landmarks Restored in Historic Cairo (Media Advisory)
Press Release
26/10/2007 - In a ceremony here today, His Highness the Aga Khan, His Excellency Farouk Hosni, Egypt’s Minister of Culture, and His Excellency Dr. Abdel Azim Wazir, the Governor of Cairo, inaugurated the restoration and revitalisation of two historic complexes in the city’s Darb al-Ahmar district.

Inauguration of the Restored Monuments in Darb al-Ahmar
Speech
26/10/2007 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Restored Monuments in Darb al-Ahmar (Cairo, Egypt)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture Collaborates with the Louvre and Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris
Press Release
17/10/2007 - The Aga Khan Trust for Culture is collaborating with the Louvre on two exhibitions of Islamic art in Paris, as well as with the Museum of Decorative Arts, also in Paris.

'Musée-Musées' Round Table Louvre Museum
Speech
17/10/2007 - Closing Address by His Highness the Aga Khan at the "Musée-Musées" Round Table Louvre Museum (Paris, France)

Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia: Nomads, Mystics and Troubadours
Press Release
12/10/2007 - Seventeen musicians from Central Asia, a culturally dynamic and rapidly changing region, will share their mastery of traditions at once ancient and contemporary in an 11-city North American tour beginning on October 12th.

Pakistan Post and the first MicrofinanceBank Partner towards poverty alleviation
Press Release
02/10/2007 - The First MicroFinanceBank and Pakistan Post have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together for poverty alleviation.

Nine projects receive 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Press Release
04/09/2007 - On 4 September 2007, at a ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, His Highness the Aga Khan announced the nine recipients of the 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Presentation Ceremony of the 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Speech
04/09/2007 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2007 Award Presentation Ceremony (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Aga Khan Sees a Bright Future for Eastern Africa
Press Release
24/08/2007 - His Highness the Aga Khan said Africa’s enormous potential made him optimistic about the continent’s future.

Aga Khan to Build Uganda's First Aga Khan Academy: Economic development must be matched by human development
Press Release
22/08/2007 - His Highness the Aga Khan today said "people power" was vital for economic growth in developing countries.

Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy, Kampala
Speech
22/08/2007 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy (Kampala, Uganda)

Welcome Address by Salim Bhatia at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy, Kampala
Speech
22/08/2007 - Welcome Address by Salim Bhatia at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy (Kampala, Uganda)

Speech by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy, Kampala
Speech
22/08/2007 - Speech by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, at the Laying of the Foundation Stone for the Aga Khan Academy of Excellence (Delivered by Vice President Professor Gilbert Bukenya on behalf of President Museveni) (Kampala, Uganda)

Banquet Hosted in Honour of President Museveni
Speech
22/08/2007 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Banquet Hosted in Honour of President Museveni (Kampala, Uganda)

Uganda: Bujagali Dam Work Starts
In the Media
21 August 2007 - "President Yoweri Museveni and the Aga Khan yesterday laid the foundation stone of what will go down in history as the biggest private investment in East-Africa and the largest independent power project in sub-Saharan Africa."

Speech by President Yoweri Museveni at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Bujagali Hydropower Project
Speech
21/08/2007 - Speech by President Yoweri Museveni at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Bujagali Hydropower Project (Kampala, Uganda)

Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Bujagali Hydropower Project
Speech
21/08/2007 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Bujagali Hydropower Project (Kampala, Uganda)

Aga Khan Announces the East African Community’s First Regional University to be based in Arusha
Press Release
19/08/2007 - His Highness the Aga Khan has announced plans to build a major new university campus in Arusha, in north-eastern Tanzania.

State Banquet concluding the Golden Jubilee Visit in Tanzania
Speech
18/08/2007 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the State Banquet (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

Aga Khan Foundation Celebrates Twenty-Five Years of the Madrasa Programme
Press Release
14/08/2007 - The Aga Khan Foundation today marked the 25th anniversary of the Madrasa Early Childhood Development Programme in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan and Chief Guest Kenya’s Minister for Science and Technology, Hon. Dr. Noah Wekesa

Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Madrasa Programme
Speech
14/08/2007 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Madrasa Programme (Mombasa, Kenya)

Aga Khan Academy Mombasa Builds Residential Campus to Welcome Students from Across Kenya
Press Release
14/08/2007 - Kenya’s Education Minister, Professor George Saitoti, today laid the foundation stone for the construction of the new Residential Campus at the Aga Khan Academy in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa, in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan.

Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Residential Campus, Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa
Speech
14/08/2007 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Residential Campus Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony, Aga Khan Academy (Mombasa, Kenya)

Salim Bhatia's welcoming remarks at the Residential Campus Foundation-Stone Laying Ceremony, Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa
Speech
14/08/2007 - Salim Bhatia's welcoming remarks, Residential Campus Foundation-Stone Laying Ceremony, Aga Khan Academy (Mombasa, Kenya)

Aga Khan Receives Kenya's Highest Medal of Honour
Press Release
14/08/2007 - His Highness the Aga Khan was awarded Kenya’s highest medal of honour, the Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya, (C.G.H.) by the President of the country, His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki.

Speech by His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki at the State Banquet commencing the Golden Jubilee Visit in Kenya
Speech
13/08/2007 - Speech by His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H., M.P., President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kenya During the State Banquet in Honour of His Highness the Aga Khan (State House, Nairobi, Kenya)

State Banquet commencing the Golden Jubilee Visit in Kenya
Speech
13/08/2007 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the State Banquet (Nairobi, Kenya)

Inauguration of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Aga Khan University, Nairobi
Speech
13/08/2007 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Aga Khan University (Nairobi, Kenya)

Remarks of Firoz Rasul at the Inauguration of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Aga Khan University, Nairobi
Speech
13/08/2007 - Remarks of Mr. Firoz Rasul, President of Aga Khan University, at the Inauguration of The Aga Khan University Faculty of Health Science, Aga Khan University Hospital (Nairobi, Kenya)

Aga Khan University Announces the Faculty of Health Sciences in East Africa
Press Release
13/08/2007 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of the Aga Khan University, accompanied by Professor George Saitoti, Kenyan Minister for Education, today inaugurated the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Aga Khan University (AKU-FHS) – East Africa’s first premier private medical school

Aga Khan in East Africa for First Golden Jubilee Visit (Media Advisory)
Press Release
12/08/2007 - His Highness the Aga Khan arrives in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, on Sunday, 12 August, on the first leg of a 12-day official visit to the East Africa region.

in London '>Works of art from the Aga Khan's collection on show
in London

In the Media
26 July 2007 - "The supposed ‘clash of cultures' is in reality nothing more than a manifestation of mutual ignorance,” writes the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world's 15m Ismaili Muslims, in his introduction to “Spirit & Life: Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan Museum Collection”. Be reassured: the exhibition, at the Ismaili Centre in London until August 31st, is no judgment-paralysing blockbuster. It is small but with big ambitions, both to educate and to delight."

Cairo Governorate and Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Public-Private Partnership for Historic Cairo Revitalisation Projects
Press Release
17/07/2007 - Cairo’s Governor, H.E. Dr. Abdel Azim Wazir, and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s General Manager, Mr. Luis Monreal, today signed an historic Public-Private Partnership (PPP) linking Al-Azhar Park, a future “Urban Plaza” project at the northern end of the Park, and ongoing work by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Darb al-Ahmar.

Spirit & Life: Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan Museum Collection
Press Release
14/07/2007 - Unseen masterpieces of Islamic art revealed in London for the first time, from 14 July to 31 August 2007.

Spirit & Life Exhibition
Speech
12/07/2007 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the "Spirit and Life" Exhibition (London, UK)

Speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the 'Spirit & Life' Exhibition
Speech
12/07/2007 - A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the Opening of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s the ‘Spirit & Life’ Exhibition at the Ismaili Centre (London, UK)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Public-Private Partnership for Regeneration of Humayun’s Tomb-Nizamuddin Basti-Sundar Nursery Area
Press Release
11/07/2007 - An agreement on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the revitalisation of the Nizamuddin district of India’s capital was signed today.

Stunning debut for Toronto-bound treasures
In the Media
11 July 2007 - "On the top floor of the Ismaili Centre in London there is an architect's model for a building that will one day be built across the Atlantic Ocean: the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto."

Lahore Walled City Project to Benefit from a Public-Private Partnership between Government of Punjab and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Press Release
02/07/2007 - The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) joined the Government of the Punjab and the World Bank today in support of a project for the regeneration, renewal, and conservation of Lahore’s Walled City.

First telemedicine system launched in Afghanistan
In the Media
20 June 2007 - "The first-ever telemedicine system in volatile Afghanistan was launched in capital Kabul on Wednesday to improve health services. The system, supported by an Afghan leading cellphone operator Roshan, will provide hospitals in Afghanistan with real-time access to specialist diagnosis, treatment and training expertise from abroad. Afghan Minister for Communications Amirzai Sangin formally launched the system, which is linked to Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi city of Pakistan. In the first phase, the system would link the Kabul-based French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) to Aga Khan University Hospital, enabling access to a broad array of radiology expertise provided by the foreign hospital, he said."

Graduation Ceremony at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)
Speech
15/06/2007 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at Graduation Ceremony of the Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) Programme at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)

Dignitaries and Business Leaders Agree on a Road Map to Help Afghanistan's Private Sector
Press Release
06/06/2007 - Afghan government officials, private sector figures, civil society leaders and donor community representatives have agreed on a series of actions designed to create a favourable climate for Afghanistan’s struggling private sector.

Speech by His Excellency Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz at the Enabling Environment Conference, Kabul
Speech
05/06/2007 - Speech to the Closing Session of The Enabling Environment Conference by His Excellency Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Kabul, Afghanistan)

Speech by Praful Patel at the Enabling Environment Conference, Kabul
Speech
05/06/2007 - Speech to the Closing Session of the Enabling Environment Conference by Praful Patel, Vice President, South Asia Region, World Bank (Kabul, Afghanistan)

Speech by His Excellency Dr. Mohammad J. Shams at the Enabling Environment Conference, Kabul
Speech
05/06/2007 - Speech by His Excellency Doctor Mohammad Jalil Shams, Ministry of Economy, at The Enabling Environment Conference (Kabul, Afghanistan)

Keynote Address by The Hon. Abdullah A. Badawi at the Enabling Environment Conference, Kabul
Speech
04/06/2007 - Keynote Address by The Honourable Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia at the Enabling Environment Conference (Kabul, Afghanistan)

Private sector role in Afghanistan's uplift underlined
In the Media
4 June 2007 - "Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Prince Karim Aga Khan Monday called for the private sector to play a greater role in Afghanistan's development."

The Aga Khan Calls for a More Coordinated Effort to Help Afghanistan's Private Sector
Press Release
04/06/2007 - President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi of Malaysia and His Highness the Aga Khan, speaking on the “Enabling Environment Conference, called today (Monday) for the private sector to play a greater role in Afghanistan’s development

Speech by Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the Enabling Environment Conference, Kabul
Speech
04/06/2007 - Speech by Prince Amyn Aga Khan at The Enabling Environment Conference (Kabul, Afghanistan)

The Enabling Environment Conference, Kabul
Speech
04/06/2007 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at The Enabling Environment Conference (Kabul, Afghanistan)

Address of H.E. Ahmad Zia Massoud at the Enabling Environment Conference, Kabul
Speech
04/06/2007 - Address of H.E. Ahmad Zia Massoud, First Vice President of the Government of Afghanistan, at the Enabling Environment Conference (Kabul, Afghanistan)

Speech by His Excellency Professor Nadiri, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee, at The Enabling Environment Conference
Speech
05/06/2007 00:00:00 - Speech by His Excellency Professor Nadiri, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee, at The Enabling Environment Conference (Kabul, Afghanistan)

AKDN Profiles Kashmir Earthquake Reconstruction for UN-HABITAT Model Presented at Business Partnership for Sustainable Urbanization Forum
Press Release
17/04/2007 - Model Presented at Business Partnership for Sustainable Urbanization Forum.

Splendori a Corte Exhibition
Speech
30/03/2007 - Inauguration speech at "Splendori a Corte", an exhibition of rare art and manuscripts from the Aga Khan Museum collection, being shown until 3 June 2007 at the Palazzo della Pilotta (Parma, Italy)

Sacred Art and Music of the Muslim World in Parma, Italy
Press Release
30/03/2007 - Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Teatro Regio di Parma and Parma Capitale della Musica Present Five Concerts of Traditional Central Asian Music and an Exhibition of Masterpieces of Art from the Aga Khan Museum Collections.

Afghan and Pakistan Microfinance Banks Win Top Financial Transparency Awards
Press Release
15/03/2007 - Microfinance banks of the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM) have received top financial transparency awards from the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP).

European Commission and AKDN Sign Joint Declaration Aga Khan discusses EU challenges regarding pluralism, civil society and development
Press Release
23/01/2007 - Aga Khan discusses EU challenges regarding pluralism, civil society and development.

His Highness meets with rural communities in Cabo Delgado, one of Mozambique’s most vulnerable provinces
Press Release
23/11/2006 - His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, yesterday visited development projects in remote areas of Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province - one of the poorest and most isolated in the country.

A prince of the Islamic world
In the Media
13 November 2006 - "At a time when the Muslim world is groping in all directions for viable economic and development models, they should go and see how the Aga Khan Development Network, the world's largest private development network, operates. How it has helped millions to free themselves out of the poverty net..."

Official Opening of the Kampala Serena Hotel
Speech
10/11/2006 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Official Opening of the Kampala Serena Hotel (Kampala, Uganda)

President Museveni and Aga Khan Inaugurate Kampala Serena Hotel
Press Release
10/11/2006 - His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni today officially inaugurated the Kampala Serena Hotel in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan. The opening of the five-star hotel, previously the Nile Hotel, is a milestone for Uganda’s service and tourism industry.

Inauguration of the Ishkashim Bridge
Speech
31/10/2006 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Ishkashim Bridge (Ishkashim, Tajikistan)

Aga Khan and President Rahmonov Initiate Dushanbe Serena Hotel
Press Release
30/10/2006 - President Emomali Rahmonov today laid the foundation stone of Dushanbe’s first five-star hotel in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan.

One on One: Interview with Peter Mansbridge
In the Media
28 October 2006 - "His Highness the Aga Khan is a friend of prime ministers and presidents, and someone who rarely shies away from dealing with the issues that confront the world, whether they concern conflicts, development or religion... This week, the Aga Khan joins us to discuss politics, relations and bridge-building between the West and the Islamic world."

Government of Canada and Aga Khan Sign Funding Agreement for Global Centre for Pluralism
Press Release
25/10/2006 - His Highness the Aga Khan will meet today on Parliament Hill with The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage, to sign a funding agreement for the Global Centre for Pluralism, to be located in Ottawa, Canada.

Signing of the Funding Agreement for the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa
Speech
25/10/2006 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan on the occasion of the Signing of the Funding Agreement for the Global Centre for Pluralism (Ottawa, Canada)

Speech by the Prime Minister of Canada at the Signing of the Funding Agreement for the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa
Speech
25/10/2006 - Remarks by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada on the occasion of the Signing of the Funding Agreement for the Global Centre for Pluralism (Ottawa, Canada)

Speech by Princess Zahra at the Presentation of the World Habitat Award
Speech
04/10/2006 - Speech by Princess Zahra at the Presentation of the World Habitat Award (Kazan, Russian Federation)

Die Quadriga Award Ceremony
Speech
03/10/2006 - Laudatory Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Die Quadriga Award Ceremony (Berlin, Germany)

Aga Khan Delivers Laudatory Address for Victor Yushchenko, Winner of the 2006 Die Quadriga Prize
Press Release
03/10/2006 - The Aga Khan was delivering a laudatory address as he presented the Die Quadriga Award to President Yushchenko, this year’s "United We Care" recipient, at Berlin’s renowned opera house, the Komische Oper.

World Habitat Award 2006 for Aga Khan Planning and Building Service
Press Release
02/10/2006 - Princess Zahra Aga Khan accepted a World Habitat Award today on behalf of the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service (AKPBS). AKPBS was cited for its efforts to improve housing conditions in Pakistan through its Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP).

"Islam is a Faith of Reason"
In the Media
October 2006 - "Karim Aga Khan IV, descendant of the prophet Muhammad and spiritual leader of 20 million Ismaili Muslims, discusses the foundations of his faith, the controversy over the Pope's recent statements about Islam and ways of preventing a global clash between religions.

River Deep, Mountain High
In the Media
October 2006 - "At the bottom of the mountain, Alam and Fatima remove their climbing gear. The sense of urgency has dissipated, and the women eagerly rehash the details of their latest rescue mission... Both Alam, 30, and Fatima, 35, are members of a search-and-rescue program for Focus Humanitarian Assistance, an emergency-response group affiliated with the Aga Khan Development Network, a group of international private agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities in the developing world."

"Aga Khan Speaks Out on Understanding of Muslims"
In the Media
October 2006 - "The Aga Khan is a Muslim leader of global stature who rarely appears on the airwaves..."

Speech by Chief Minister at the Stone Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad
Speech
22/09/2006 - Speech by Chief Minister at the Stone Laying Ceremony of The Aga Khan Academy (Hyderabad, India)

Opening Remarks by Salim Bhatia at the Stone Laying Ceremony of The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad
Speech
22/09/2006 - Salim Bhatia’s Opening Remarks, The Aga Khan Academy, Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony (Hyderabad, India)

Foundation Stone-Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad
Speech
22/09/2006 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Stone-Laying Ceremony of The Aga Khan Academy (Hyderabad, India)

Prince Hussain Aga Khan Marries Miss Kristin J. White
Press Release
18/09/2006 - Prince Hussain Aga Khan, second son of His Highness the Aga Khan and Princess Salimah Aga Khan, married Miss Kristin White on Saturday 16th September.

Aga Khan Planning and Building Service in Pakistan Receives World Habitat Award 2006
Press Release
04/09/2006 - The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan has received the World Habitat Award 2006 for its efforts to improve housing conditions in Pakistan through its Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP).

Shigar Fort Awarded Top Prize in the 2006 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards
Press Release
01/09/2006 - The UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific announced today that Shigar Fort Palace has been honoured with the Award of Excellence in the 2006 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.

FOCUS and AKDN Contribute to Helping Lebanese Families in Syria
Press Release
21/08/2006 - The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and its emergency response affiliate, Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) provided immediate humanitarian relief in response to the conflict which affected hundreds of thousands in the Middle East.

CGAP Award for The First MicroFinanceBank, Pakistan
Press Release
29/07/2006 - The First MicroFinanceBank Limited (FMFB), an institution of the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, received one of the coveted 2006 transparency awards from The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a subsidiary of the World Bank.

Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan Receives Earthquake Relief Award
Press Release
30/06/2006 - The President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, today conferred the award "Sitara-e-Eisaar" upon Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The award was bestowed to the humanitarian agency in the presence of the Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz in recognition of its outstanding efforts in rescue and relief operations following the 8th October 2005 earthquake.

Restoration of Mopti’s Great Mosque Completed
Press Release
19/06/2006 - The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) handed over the keys of the Great Mosque of Mopti in a ceremony attended by His Excellency Cheick Oumar Sissoko, Mali’s Minister of Culture, regional and local representatives of Mopti, members of the Mosque Committee and all the specialist professionals involved in the restoration of the building.

His Highness the Aga Khan and President Bashar al Assad Meet to Discuss Development Opportunities in Syria
Press Release
19/06/2006 - His Highness the Aga Khan met with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and senior government officials to discuss ongoing and future collaboration with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in the areas of education, microfinance, tourism, culture and health.

Search for Knowledge Essential for Revitalisation of Islamic Civilisations, Says Aga Khan
Press Release
15/06/2006 - His Highness the Aga Khan today delivered the commencement address at the American University in Cairo, calling for a renewal of the tradition of intellectual exchange that characterised periods of progress in the Islamic world.

American University in Cairo
Speech
15/06/2006 - Address by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Commencement Ceremony of the American University (Cairo, Egypt)

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the National Museum of Mali sign a Collaboration Agreement
Press Release
07/06/2006 - Today a Collaboration Agreement was signed by the director of the National Museum of Mali, Samuel Sidibé, and the director general of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), Luis Monreal.

Bellerive Foundation Merges with Aga Khan Foundation
Press Release
31/05/2006 - Bellerive Foundation Merges with the Aga Khan Foundation New US$10 million Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Fund for the Environment

Bellerive Foundation Merges with the Aga Khan Foundation
Press Release
31/05/2006 - The activities of the Bellerive Foundation are being integrated into the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in the form of the “Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Fund for the Environment”, a US$ 10 million fund which will be dedicated to practical solutions to environmental problems.

Tolerance Award from the Evangelical Academy of Tutzing
Speech
20/05/2006 - Address by His Highness the Aga Khan to the Tutzing Evangelical Academy Upon Receiving the "Tolerance" Award (Tutzing, Germany)

Aga Khan Receives Tolerance Award from the Evangelical Academy of Tutzing
Press Release
20/05/2006 - His Highness the Aga Khan said today that the revolutionary impact of globalisation and record levels of international migration require development of a new “cosmopolitan ethic” to support constructive pluralism and greater tolerance among different cultures and societies.

Speech by Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the Presentation of the Tutzing Evangelical Academy Tolerance Prize to the Aga Khan
Speech
20/05/2006 - Speech by Foreign Minister Steinmeier at the presentation of the Tutzing Evangelical Academy Tolerance Prize to His Highness the Aga Khan (Tutzing, Germany)

Graduation Ceremony at the School of International and Public Affairs
Speech
15/05/2006 - Address by His Highness the Aga Khan to the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (New York, USA)

New Hospital Inaugurated in Afghanistan
Press Release
08/04/2006 - President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, French First Lady Mme Bernadette Chirac and His Highness the Aga Khan today inaugurated the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC), an international-class, paediatric hospital founded by the French charitable organisations La Chaîne de l’Espoir and Enfants Afghans.

Inauguration of the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul
Speech
08/04/2006 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the French Medical Institute for Children (Kabul, Afghanistan)

Teaching in Africa: A handful of educators struggles to bring order to the chaos of under-equipped schools
In the Media
8 April 2006 - "The Aga Khan Development Network stands out as an example of an agency that almost always takes the longer view. It is involved in every aspect of development -- health, education, the economy and culture. It stresses sustainability, and it frequently uses business tools to attain social goals."

Kyrgyz, Afghan and Tajik Concert Sponsored by Aga Khan Music Initiative
In the Media
23 March 2006 - "The instruments were ancient, the music was old and new, and the presentation was subtly high-tech in "Music From Central Asia," a triple bill of ensembles from Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan on Tuesday night at the Miller Theater. The concert was part of a project sponsored by the Aga Khan Music Initiative, along with releases of albums by all three groups (and more to come), seeking to open Western ears to Central Asian music."

Tourism Promotion Services restructures to include Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar in its operations
Press Release
20/03/2006 - TPS Eastern Africa Limited (TPSEAL), was officially listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) today following the success of its recent share exchange offer for Tourism Promotion Services Limited (TPSL).

Inaugural Concert of Central Asian Music Delights Washington
Press Release
15/03/2006 - Dignitaries from Washington’s political, diplomatic, legal and cultural fields today joined His Highness the Aga Khan at the inaugural concert of Via Kabul.

Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan establishes endowment to leverage the 2005 Alcan Prize for Sustainability
Press Release
02/03/2006 - The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS, P), today received the US $1 million Alcan Prize for Sustainability for its efforts to improve housing conditions as well as water and sanitation facilities in Pakistan.

Presentation by Princess Zahra Aga Khan at The Alcan Award Prize Awarded to AKPBS
Speech
02/03/2006 - Presentation by Princess Zahra Aga Khan at the Alcan Award Prize Giving Ceremony (Vancouver, Canada)

Royal Toledo Foundation Award Ceremony
Speech
02/03/2006 - Speech by the Aga Khan at the Royal Toledo Foundation Award Ceremony (Toledo, Spain)

Aga Khan Accepts Royal Toledo Foundation Award for Work in Revitalising Historic Cities of the Islamic World
Press Release
02/03/2006 - His Highness the Aga Khan today accepted an award from the Royal Toledo Foundation (Real Fundación de Toledo) for work in the preservation and revitalisation of historic cities in the Islamic world. His Majesty Juan Carlos I, Patron of the Foundation, made the formal presentation of the Award.

The Stans Revealed Via Kabul: Central Asia Without Borders
Press Release
02/03/2006 - The arrival of the March 2006 USA tour of Via Kabul: Central Asia Without Borders in Washington and New York should change perceptions of one of the least known places on the planet.

Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia: March 2006 USA Tour of Via Kabul: Central Asia Without Borders
Press Release
01/03/2006 - The March 2006 USA tour of Via Kabul: Central Asia Without Borders — presented and curated by the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia — features three groups of performers: Tengir-Too, from Kyrgyzstan, The Academy of Shashmaqâm, from Tajikistan, and Homayun Sakhi and Taryalai Hashimi, from Afghanistan (via California).

Simpósio Internacional "Sociedade Cosmopolita, Segurança e Direitos Humanos em Sociedades Pluralistas e Pacíficas"
Speech
12/02/2006 - Simpósio Internacional "Sociedade Cosmopolita, Segurança e Direitos Humanos em Sociedades Pluralistas e Pacíficas" Universidade de Évora (Évora, Portugal)

Professor Adriano Moreira: As Asas da Borboleta
Speech
12/02/2006 - Adriano Moreira, Presidente do Conselho Nacional de Avaliação do Ensino Superior Professor Emérito da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (Evora, Portugal)

Discurso do Magnífico Reitor Professor Doutor Manuel Ferreira Patrício
Speech
12/02/2006 - Discurso do Magnífico Reitor Professor Doutor Manuel Ferreira Patrício, Cerimónia de Outorga do Grau de Doutor "Honoris Causa" a Sua Alteza O Aga Khan, Universidade de Évora (Évora, Portugal)

Discurso do Professor Adriano Moreira
Speech
12/02/2006 - Discurso do Magnífico Reitor Professor Doutor Manuel Ferreira Patrício, Cerimónia de Outorga do Grau de Doutor "Honoris Causa" a Sua Alteza O Aga Khan, Universidade de Évora (Évora, Portugal)

Speech by Jorge Sampaio at the Evora University Symposium
Speech
12/02/2006 - Speech by Jorge Sampaio, President of the Republic of Portugal, at the Symposium on "Cosmopolitan Society, Human Safety and Rights in Plural and Peaceful Societies" University of Évora (Évora, Portugal)

Aga Khan Says More Relevant Education, Stronger Civil Society Institutions and renewed commitment to ethical standards are key to stability of modern democracies
Press Release
12/02/2006 - Awarded Honorary Doctorate by University of Évora for "Material and Spiritual Service to Humanity".

Evora University Symposium
Speech
12/02/2006 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at Evora University Symposium: "Cosmopolitan Society, Human Safety and Rights in Plural and Peaceful Societies" (Evora, Portugal)

University of Evora Honorary Doctorate
Speech
12/02/2006 - Acceptance Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan - University of Evora Honorary Doctorate (Evora, Portugal)

Conference on Afghanistan, London
Speech
31/01/2006 - Statement by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Conference on Afghanistan (London, UK)

Aga Khan Proposes Conference on “Enabling Environment” for Afghanistan Development
Press Release
31/01/2006 - His Highness the Aga Khan today proposed that the international community work with the Government of Afghanistan to develop an "enabling environment" to encourage the continuing and growing role of private initiative in the development of the country.

Patriarchate of Lisbon and Aga Khan Foundation Portugal Sign Partnership Agreement
Press Release
20/12/2005 - The Patriarchate of Lisbon and the Aga Khan Foundation Portugal today signed a Partnership Agreement that provides the framework for cooperation in support of an innovative urban community support programme to address problems of social exclusion and poverty alleviation.

Government of The Republic of Portugal and The Ismaili Imamat Sign Protocol of Cooperation
Press Release
19/12/2005 - The Government of Portugal and the Ismaili Imamat today signed a Protocol of Cooperation signalling their common intent to work toward the improvement of the quality of life of vulnerable populations in Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries of Asia and Africa.

Protocol of Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Portugal and the Ismaili Imamat
Speech
19/12/2005 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Signing Ceremony of the Protocol of Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Portugal and the Ismaili Imamat (Lisbon, Portugal)

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar on Architectural Journalism and Criticism in Kuwait
Press Release
07/12/2005 - A seminar entitled "Architectural Journalism and Criticism", co-organised by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the Kuwait Society of Engineers, was held in Kuwait City on the 6th and 7th December 2005.

Aga Khan Planning and Building Service Pakistan Awarded US $1 Million Alcan Prize for Sustainability
Press Release
07/12/2005 - The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS,P) has been named the 2005 winner of the US $1 million Alcan Prize for Sustainability by the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) for its efforts to improve Pakistan’s built environment and water and sanitation facilities

Alcan Sustainability Prize Awarded to Pakistani Urban Planning Organization
In the Media
7 December 2005 - "Alcan Inc. and the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) have awarded the $1 million 2005 Alcan Prize for Sustainability to the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services (AKPBS) for its efforts to improve Pakistan's urban infrastructure, including water and sanitation facilities."

Aga Khan Visits Earthquake-Hit Areas of Pakistan
Press Release
05/12/2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan today visited Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad Jammu, and Kashmir and Balakot, North West Frontier Province, areas severely affected by the 8 October earthquake.

Aga Khan Speaks on Importance of Civil Society Institutions in Responding to Crisis
Press Release
03/12/2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan and Chancellor of Aga Khan University (AKU), today emphasised the importance of civil society institutions such as AKU, in providing the rapid and effective response to those affected by the 8 October earthquake disaster.

Convocation of the Aga Khan University in Karachi
Speech
03/12/2005 - Address by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Convocation of the Aga Khan University (Karachi, Pakistan)

Aga Khan Inaugurates State-of-Art Cancer Treatment Centre at AKU
Press Release
02/12/2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan and Chancellor of Aga Khan University (AKU) today inaugurated the US $8.4 million Ibn Zuhr Building for Oncology Services at AKU’s Karachi campus

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announces Project Eligibility Criteria for the Tenth Cycle and Appoints New Steering Committee
Press Release
28/11/2005 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is pleased to announce the Tenth Award Cycle, which will span the three-year period from 2005 to 2007

Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations offers Masters in Muslim Cultures Starting September 2006
Press Release
28/11/2005 - From its London campus, Aga Khan University–Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) will launch a two-year, full-time Master’s degree in Muslim Cultures in September 2006

Goodwill Ambassador Jolie sees urgency of more aid in Pakistan
In the Media
28 November 2005 - International, - Jolie and fellow actor Brad Pitt, jointly making the UNHCR-facilitated tour, had flown on board Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) helicopters that were carrying food into the isolated mountain-side strewn with the wreckage of wooden houses. AKF, an international aid and development organization which has been present in this part of Pakistan for many years, has worked closely with UNHCR in carrying aid into the mountains and evacuating thousands of injured.

Statement by Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the International Donor's Conference
Speech
19/11/2005 - Statement Delivered by Prince Amyn Aga Khan on Behalf of the Aga Khan Development Network at the International Donor's Conference (Islamabad, Pakistan)

The Aga Khan Development Network Commits $50 million to Pakistan's Earthquake Appeal
Press Release
19/11/2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan has made a three-year, $50-million commitment for the AKDN to support rehabilitation, socio-economic development, and earthquake-preparedness in areas of the North West Frontier Province and Azad Jammu and Kashmir affected by the 8 October shock.

Response of the Aga Khan Development Network in Pakistan to the Earthquake of 8 October 2005
Press Release
16/11/2005 - The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Pakistan, together with its affiliate, Focus Humanitarian Assistance, launched an immediate response to the devastating earthquake of 8th October.

New Development Initiative Launched in Kabul with Opening of 5-star Kabul Serena Hotel
Press Release
08/11/2005 - The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is pleased to announce that the Kabul Serena Hotel was officially inaugurated today by His Excellency President Karzai and His Highness the Aga Khan.

Opening of the Kabul Serena Hotel
Speech
08/11/2005 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Opening of the Kabul Serena Hotel (Kabul, Afghanistan)

Top-end hotel fills gap in Kabul
In the Media
8 November 2005 - The Afghan capital, Kabul, has a new, international standard five-star hotel, the first to be built since the fall of the Taleban four years ago. President Hamid Karzai opened the Serena hotel, which has been built around the remains of another hotel badly damaged by fighting. It is hoped that it will help attract more business people to invest in the poverty-stricken country and in the longer term attract wealthy tourists.

Energie du Mali: Agreement signed for Public-Private Partnership between IPS (WA) and The Republic of Mali
Press Release
14/10/2005 - Industrial Promotion Services (West Africa), IPS (WA), the West African affiliate of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), has signed a public-private partnership agreement with the Republic of Mali concerning the Energie du Mali (EDM) company.

Focus Humanitarian Assistance Mobilises Support for Thousands Affected by Asia Earthquake
Press Release
14/10/2005 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) has mobilised specialised staff, volunteers and resources in response to the widespread destruction following the earthquake which struck several parts of Pakistan.

Aid to a remote part of Pakistan
In the Media
12 October 2005 - Video: "The Aga Khan provides relief to earthquake vicitims in remote parts of Pakistan. Andrew North reports. Click on report on right under "WORLD" section.

Aid to a remote part of Pakistan
In the Media
12 October 2005 - Video: "The Aga Khan provides relief to earthquake vicitims in remote parts of Pakistan. Andrew North reports. Click on report on right under "WORLD" section.

Aga Khan Expresses Sympathy and Announces Support for Relief Assistance
Press Release
10/10/2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan today conveyed his deepest sympathy to the Government and people of Pakistan on the great loss of life, serious injury and widespread material destruction resulting from the earthquake that struck several parts of Pakistan.

Aga Khan Awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy 2005
Press Release
04/10/2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan was today among six recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.

The Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy Awarded to the Aga Khan
Speech
04/10/2005 - Remarks Made by His Highness the Aga Khan Upon Receiving the Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy 2005 (Media Advisory)
Press Release
04/10/2005 - The 23 worldwide foundations established by Andrew Carnegie during his lifetime have announced the names of the recipients of The Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy 2005.

Aga Khan Receives Die Quadriga 2005 Prize in Recognition of the Work of the Aga Khan Development Network
Press Release
03/10/2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan was today awarded the Die Quadriga prize in recognition of his life’s work in helping people in the poorest regions of the world.

Aga Khan Receives Die Quadriga 2005 Prize in Berlin
Speech
03/10/2005 - Remarks Made by His Highness the Aga Khan Upon Receiving the Die Quadriga 2005 Prize in Recognition of the Work of the Aga Khan Development Network (Berlin, Germany)

Statement by His Excellency Hamid Karzai at the Die Quadriga Award Ceremony
Speech
03/10/2005 - Statement by His Excellency Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, at the Die Quadriga Award Ceremony (Berlin, Germany)

Foundation helped her, now she walks for them
In the Media
21 September 2005 - "Even local celebrities such as Zarifmo Aslamshoyeva had run out of food as another harsh winter tightened its grip on the remote Badakhshan region of Tajikistan. It was December 1992. The Soviet Union had collapsed, and civil war had plunged the former Soviet republic into chaos, cutting off food supplies... One night, as fat snowflakes fell, Aslamshoyeva was called to the television station to broadcast an announcement. The words were the most important of her career. A group called the Aga Khan Foundation USA had arrived with food. The people of Badakhshan wouldn't starve." (requires registration)

Foundation helped her, now she walks for them
In the Media
21 September 2005 - "Even local celebrities such as Zarifmo Aslamshoyeva had run out of food as another harsh winter tightened its grip on the remote Badakhshan region of Tajikistan. It was December 1992. The Soviet Union had collapsed, and civil war had plunged the former Soviet republic into chaos, cutting off food supplies.... One night, as fat snowflakes fell, Aslamshoyeva was called to the television station to broadcast an announcement. The words were the most important of her career. A group called the Aga Khan Foundation USA had arrived with food. The people of Badakhshan wouldn't starve." (requires registration)

Aga-Khan Schools Celebrate Centenary
In the Media
4 September 2005 - "This year marks 100 years of existence of the Aga Khan Schools in East Africa dating back to 1905, when the first school was built on Zanzibar Island. The schools have since promoted quality education to students and the communities where they hail."

L´Afrique de l´Ouest a reçu la visite de l´Aga Khan
In the Media
4 August 2005 - "Entretien avec son Altesse l´Aga Khan, chef spirituel des Ismailis (Interview with His Highness the Aga Khan in Bamako, Mali)". Edition du 04/08/05, 7 et 8.

Ancient European Music Meets Central Asian Masters
In the Media
1 August 2005 - "Artists trying to preserve Europe's ancient music traditions have gathered at the St. Chartier Festival in central France for the past 30 years. In July, their knowledge of ancient music was illuminated by Central Asian masters - both performers and instrument makers - who were guests of the festival."

The Republic of Mali, The Ismaili Imamat and the AKDN strengthen their partnership with Agreement of Cooperation
Press Release
01/08/2005 - His Excellency Moctar Ouane, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Mali and the Director of the Department of Diplomatic Affairs of the Ismaili Imamat, Dr. Shafik Sachedina, today signed an agreement of cooperation between the Republic of Mali, the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

Renovation of Mopti Mosque by Aga Khan Trust for Culture Completes First Phase
Press Release
01/08/2005 - During his recent visit to Mali, the Aga Khan reviewed restoration efforts undertaken on Mopti’s Grand Mosque by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).

President Compaoré and the Aga Khan launch Microfinance Agency in Burkina Faso
Press Release
30/07/2005 - President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso and His Highness the Aga Khan today launched the First Microfinance Agency (Première Agence de Microfinance (PAMF) in Ouagadougou.

Market in the Park
In the Media
28 July 2005 - "Crocodile, snake, lizard, cow and sheep hides have been used since prehistory for creating durable leather goods, but at the Darb Al Ahmar craft exhibition at Al Azhar Park you can see something new in the ancient art - fish-scale leather. This original local craft is just one of many small businesses that have received a boost from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. After building the park itself, the Aga Khan Foundation is now focusing on the economic development of the adjacent neighborhood."

Firm Helping Small-Scale Farmers Penetrate EU Markets
In the Media
21 July 2005 - "Margaret Wambui might not realise it, but the French beans she grows in her small parcel of land are in popular demand in some of the biggest supermarkets in Europe. And she is not alone. She is among 30,000 small-scale farmers, spread out across rural Kenya, whose produce is eventually stocked in supermarket shelves in Europe." (Link is to AllAfrica.com; article is also available after registration at The Nation.)

Aga Khan helicopters head for Asia
In the Media
14 July 2005 - "The Aga Khan Development Network has now taken delivery of all four AB139 helicopters for use in south and central Asia... The AB139s will operate in the remote and mountainous regions of south and central Asia to ferry personnel and materials for the construction of the three campuses of the University of Central Asia."

Best of Asia: Best Restored Treasure: Baltit Fort, Hunza Valley, Pakistan
In the Media
27 June 2005 - "Seven hundred years' worth of earthquakes, avalanches and neglect had turned it into a rubble-strewn heap, prompting the Mir to turn it over to the The Aga Khan Trust for Culture in 1989. The charitable foundation embarked on a restoration, which took six years and more than $3 million - and the results are stunning."

Award received from the American University of Beirut
Speech
25/06/2005 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon)

Aga Khan conferred honorary Doctorate from American University of Beirut
Press Release
25/06/2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan was today conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, by the American University of Beirut.In its citation, the University praised the Aga Khan as “an avid philanthropist standing at the head of a network of service institutions focused on the have-nots of the world, Muslim and non-Muslim alike".

Hill forts restored in the Himalayas
In the Media
13 June 2005 - "The enchantment of these forts is due not just to their majestic surroundings, with 12 of the world’s top 30 peaks. Here you can also see superb husbandry, with stone-walled terraces brimming with wheat and wild flowers. The Aga Khan Development Network is a remarkable enterprise, and this is one of the better thought-out aid initiatives. A new society is being fostered and, as the locals proudly point out, you do not see beggars here." (Use Search to locate)

Aga Khan Conferred Companion of the Order of Canada
Press Release
06/06/2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan was today invested as an honorary Companion of the Order of Canada in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Aga Khan and Governor General of Canada initiate Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
Press Release
06/06/2005 - A window for renewed partnerships in the fight for improved quality of life in the developing world.

Aga Khan and Governor General of Canada Initiate the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
Speech
06/06/2005 - Address by His Highness The Aga Khan at the Foundation Ceremony of The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat (Ottawa, Canada)

Shigar Fort: A New Model of Conservation Combines Economic and Cultural Objectives
Press Release
23/05/2005 - The inauguration of the restoration of Shigar Fort in Baltistan, Pakistan, scheduled for the 30th of May, has been postponed due to weather

Opening Ceremony of the IPI World Congress and 54th General Assembly
Speech
22/05/2005 - Address made by His Highness the Aga Khan Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan Opening Ceremony of the IPI World Congress and 54th General Assembly (Nairobi, Kenya)

Aga Khan Urges Investment in the Quality of African Journalism
Press Release
22/05/2005 - Aga Khan Urges Investment in the Quality of African Journalism and a respect for Pluralism as a cornerstone of Peace and Progress.

Aga Khan welcomes Government of Canada's partnership in new Global Centre of Pluralism
Press Release
18/04/2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan today welcomed the announcement by the Government of Canada of its intellectual, institutional and financial contribution to become a partner in the new Global Centre for Pluralism in cooperation with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

Aga Khan Urges Greater Investment in Education About the Science of Government for Students in The Developing World
Press Release
07/04/2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan today urged industrial nations to make major investments in the developing world to improve the quality of education related to democratic governance.

Nobel Institute in Oslo
Speech
07/04/2005 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Nobel Institute on Democratic Development, Pluralism and Civil Society (Oslo, Norway)

Norway and AKDN Strenghten Partnership Through the Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
Press Release
06/04/2005 - Hilde F. Johnson, Minister of International Development, and His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims today signed an agreement to enhance collaboration on development issues and programmes in Africa, Central and South Asia

Inauguration of Al-Azhar Park
Speech
25/03/2005 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of Al-Azhar Park (Cairo, Egypt)

Aga Khan and Madame Mubarak inaugurate Cairo's Al-Azhar Park
Press Release
25/03/2005 - Her Excellency Madame Suzanne Mubarak today inaugurated the 30-hectare (74-acre) Al Azhar Park in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan.

President Mkapa and Aga Khan Lay Foundation Stone for the Expansion of the Aga Khan Hospital Dar es Salaam
Press Release
18/03/2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan, accompanied by his daughter Princess Zahra, today joined His Excellency, President Benjamin Mkapa in announcing the construction of the second phase of the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam.

Expansion of the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar-es Salaam
Speech
18/03/2005 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Launch of the second phase of the expansion of the Aga Khan Hospital (Dar-es Salaam, Tanzania)

Groundbreaking of the International Academic Centre of Excellence, Dar es Salaam
Speech
17/03/2005 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Groundbreaking of the International Academic Centre of Excellence (Dar-es Salaam, Tanzania)

President Mkapa and Aga Khan Lay Foundation Stone for an International Academic Centre of Excellence in Dar es Salaam
Press Release
17/03/2005 - President Mkapa and Aga Khan lay Foundation Stone for an International Academic Centre of Excellence in Dar es Salaam.

A new airline in Mali
Press Release
25/02/2005 - The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) will boost the commercial aviation sector in West Africa with the creation of a new national airline in partnership with the Mali government and private investors.

Aga Khan to Expand Microfinance
In the Media
23 February 2005 - "The creation of an agency aimed at expanding microfinance services in some of the world's poorest communities was announced yesterday by the Aga Khan development network with the support of the World Bank and donor governments. The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance will bring together the network's existing microfinance activities, now operating in 10 countries, and develop products relating to micro-insurance, small housing loans, savings accounts, education and health costs and small businesses."

Aga Khan Expands Microfinance to Reduce Vulnerability of the Poor
Press Release
22/02/2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan today announced the expansion of a new generation of financial products and services to help some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Aga Khan Named Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada
Press Release
08/02/2005 - Aga Khan Named Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada

Aga Khan visits Pakistan - December 2005
Press Release
01/02/2005 - Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, 5 December 2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), today visited Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad Jammu, and Kashmir and Balakot, North West Frontier Province, areas severely affected by the 8 October earthquake.

Aga Khan Creates New 30-hectare Park in Historic Cairo (Media Advisory)
Press Release
01/02/2005 - The creation of the 30-hectare (74-acre) Al-Azhar park, undertaken in the historic district of Cairo by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, is proving to be a catalyst for urban renewal in one of the most congested cities in the world.

Aga Khan receives 2005 Vincent Scully Prize
Press Release
26/01/2005 - Recognition for bridging the gap of understanding between Western and Islamic Cultures.

Scully Seminar - Architecture
Speech
26/01/2005 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Scully Seminar (Washington DC, USA)

Scully Award Acceptance Speech
Speech
25/01/2005 - Scully Award Acceptance Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan (Washington DC, USA)

FOCUS Mobilises for Tsunami Disaster Relief
Press Release
10/01/2005 - Recognition for bridging the gap of understanding between Western and Islamic Cultures

Le trophée hors normes des murs d'islam
In the Media
30 December 2004 - "Le prix Aga Khan pour l'architecture dans le monde musulman a été remis hier à sept lauréats. Fruit de trois ans d'enquêtes, il récompense autant des prouesses technologiques que des abris de fortune."

Statement by the Department of Public Affairs
Press Release
26/12/2004 - The Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan confirms that a French court has concluded that it has jurisdiction over the divorce application filed by the Aga Khan in France on 4 June 2004.

Aga Khan Attends Inauguration of President Karzai
Press Release
07/12/2004 - His Highness the Aga Khan today attended the official inauguration of Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, in a ceremony held in the former royal palace in Kabul.

46 Graduate in First Fete for Aga Khan Varsity
In the Media
7 December 2004 - "The Aga Khan University (Kenya campus) yesterday held its inaugural graduation ceremony, during which 46 students were awarded diplomas. At a simple but impressive ceremony at the institution's Nairobi grounds, it awarded five specialist diplomas in accident, emergency and disaster management (a one-year course), and 41 in Kenya registered community health nursing (which takes 18 months)."

Lavish ceremony celebrates visionary design
In the Media
6 December 2004 - "The world of architecture overflows with awards, including the $100,000 American Pritzker Prize, the $200,000 Japanese Praemium Imperiale and Britain’s RIBA Gold Medal, which was founded in 1848. All are trumped in key ways by the Aga Khan’s triennial Awards for Architecture, which carries a bounty of $500,000 for projects that benefit Muslim communities."

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2004
In the Media
1 December 2004 - Made of mud, sand, stone, glass, and steel, scaled from tiny to immense, designed for living, working, learning, and worshipping, a select collection of projects reveals a "comprehensive approach adopted to discover, understand, and explain the challenges of architecture in the Muslim world as it confronts modernity in all its diversity."

Renewed Confidence in Muslim Architecture: Aga Khan Award for Architecture Concludes with Seminar
Press Release
29/11/2004 - A full-day seminar held today in Agra concluded the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Renewed Confidence in Muslim Architecture

Cairo Digs into its past to give Park-Starved
Residents an Oasis

In the Media
28 November 2004 - "In an unusual initiative combining horticulture, community development and archeology, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has created a 74-acre park atop a 500-year-old garbage dump. The rare green space offers Cairenes what they have been missing: an oasis to call their own. Dubbed Cairo's "Central Park," Al Azhar Park has been an instant hit." (Requires subscription)

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Goes to Turkey
In the Media
28 November 2004 - "One of the world's most respected architectural awards, the 9th.Aga Khan Foundation Awards for Architecture, went this year to the B2 House designed by Turkish architect Han Tumertekin for Bilsar Tekstil's owners Selman and Suha Bilal. In the contest, which aims to understand and evaluate Islamic culture through architecture, a jury of nine people including artists, philosophers, architects and city planners evaluated 378 projects from 44 countries."

Monumental magic at Aga Khan Awards
In the Media
28 November 2004 - "As the Humayun tomb glowed like a jewel, the 9th Aga Khan Architecture Awards were presented by the Aga Khan in the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh."

The Spirit Behind the Aga Khan Awards
In the Media
27 November 2004 - "At a ceremony today in Delhi, India, the ninth triennial Aga Khan Awards for Architecture will be conferred on seven winners. With a payout of $500,000, it's the world's most lavish design prize. Winning entries combine design excellence with the humanistic spirit of Islam. Worthiness can trump glamour."

Recipients of the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announced by India’s Prime Minister and His Highness the Aga Khan
Press Release
27/11/2004 - At the historical Humayun’s Tomb His Highness the Aga Khan together with India’s Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh today announced the seven recipients of the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Ninth Award Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, New Delhi
Speech
27/11/2004 - Address by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Ninth Award Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (New Delhi, India)

Seven Projects Receive the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Press Release
27/11/2004 - At a ceremony to be held in India at the gardens of Humayun's Tomb , His Highness the Aga Khan will announce the seven recipients of the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Reclaiming lost musical legacy
In the Media
25 November 2004 - "Bringing alive traditions that were drowned in the louder sounds of gunfire for years is a group of musicians like Homayun who are trying to reclaim their lost legacy. Helped by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the old "ustads" have finally been reunited and found students who are willing to carry the rich past to a future."

Aga Khan Arrives in New Delhi
Press Release
24/11/2004 - His Highness the Aga Khan arrived at New Delhi this evening. He was met at the airport by Mr. Ahmed, Minister of State for External Affairs. The Aga Khan began a five day visit.

Old Cairo transformed by park project
In the Media
23 November 2004 - "Most urban areas have one - an area that is a sort of no-man's land where no-one lives and which becomes ever more rundown. The site lies on the edge of Cairo's medieval Islamic city In Cairo this was the case of the land adjoining the Darb al-Ahmar district. For almost a millennium assorted dust, debris and rubbish was piled up along the eastern rim of Cairo's medieval city walls.... But thanks to a $45m seven-year project by the Aga Khan Development Network, the dumping ground has been transformed into al-Azhar Park - North Africa's largest urban green space."

In a Decaying Cairo Quarter, a Vision of Green and Renewal
In the Media
19 October 2004 - "Can thoughtful urban planning heal deep cultural wounds? That is the question raised by the new 74-acre Azhar Park, whose luxurious hilltop gardens are meant to spawn a revival of this city's old decaying Islamic quarter. Conceived 20 years ago by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, a font of revitalization projects in the Muslim world, the project's aims could not be more noble. The park is the largest green space created in Cairo in over a century, reversing a trend in which unchecked development has virtually eradicated the city's once-famous parks. Built over a mountain of debris that had served as the city's garbage dump for centuries, it also replaces one of Cairo's most trenchant symbols of poverty and decay." (requires subscription)

Paradise is a garden, and Cairo now has its own
In the Media
21 September 2004 - "The 30-hectare park is a superb aesthetic achievement. Situated at a significant elevation adjacent to medieval Cairo, it provides stirring panoramas of centuries of Islamic grandeur, including the dense geometries and domed mausoleums of the City of the Dead. This cemetery, inhabited for generations by the poor, is revealed in all its poignant beauty, a vast and living memento mori skirting the edges of the city's heartland. The park and its several constructions (including a hilltop restaurant and a cafeteria beside a small lake) embody Islamic building and landscaping traditions to great effect. Scheduled to open in October, the park is already green, cool and inviting. By virtue of its presence, the surrounding neighborhoods have reacquired their prestige as generational communities and guardians of a rich legacy of Islamic architecture."

Ancient voices of the steppes
In the Media
20 September 2004 - "Abdurashidov has certainly been helped by the fact that Unesco has accorded shash maqam world-heritage status, but he's also supported by the Aga Khan, whose Central Asian "music initiative" funds both this academy and many others in the region. The Soviets may have done their best to obliterate national identity in the Stans, but they did encourage traditional musicians to meet and exchange ideas: in the post-1990 vacuum, those musicians found themselves cut off from both funding and fellowship, and the Aga Khan has moved to fill the gap, in the belief that music can help make these shattered nations whole again."

Yurts and yakkety yaks
In the Media
19 September 2004 - "The Aga Khan Trust for Culture has organised the first major European tour by Central Asian musicians. It arrives at the English National Opera in London on 1 October - one of the first times the venue has opened its doors to a non-operatic event."

"There's No Conflict Between Islam and Democracy"
In the Media
12 September 2004 - "In an interview with Deutsche Welle, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the hereditary imam of Shiite Ismaili Muslims, argues that today's Middle Eastern terrorists are fueled by political motivations and not religion."

Joint Press Release by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)
Press Release
07/09/2004 - Partnership Agreement Signed between the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

Aga Khan Addresses German Ambassadors
Press Release
06/09/2004 - Emphasises democratic governance, pluralism and civil society as fundamental preconditions for creating stable and prosperous societies.

Annual Conference of German Ambassadors
Speech
06/09/2004 - Address by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Annual Conference of German Ambassadors (Berlin, Germany)

40 Central Asian Musicians and Dancers on Tour in Europe
Press Release
24/08/2004 - Beginning 25 September, 40 musicians and dancers from Central Asia will start a five-week-long tour of Europe.

Water into Wires
In the Media
August 2004 - "Over 180 micro-hydro plants have now been installed all across Chitral by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP). This NGO works not only with Ismaili communities (for whom the Aga Khan is spiritual leader), but with Sunni Muslims too, as well as the Kalash people - non-Muslims living in three valleys just east of the Afghan border, who proudly claim to be descended from the armies of Alexander the Great, passing through en route to India…"

Resurgence of Mostar’s Historic City Centre: New Agency for Conservation and Development to Build on Completed Projects (Media Advisory)
Press Release
23/07/2004 - In tandem with the opening of Mostar’s reconstructed Old Bridge, city officials and representatives of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the World Monuments Fund (WMF) will inaugurate a wide range of projects that include urban planning, the restoration of monuments, the improvement of historic houses and streetscape enhancements.

International Academic Centre of Excellence Planned for Afghanistan: Aga Khan and Karzai discuss Development Priorities
Press Release
07/07/2004 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with H.E. Minister Younous Qanooni, Minister of Education in the presence of His Excellency President Karzai, to undertake the establishment of an Academy of Excellence in Education, in the country’s capital city, Kabul.

Darwaz Bridge to strengthen commercial ties and Tajik-Afghan relations
Press Release
06/07/2004 - Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmonov, His Highness the Aga Khan and Afghanistan’s Vice-President Nematullah Shahrani, today inaugurated the Tajik-Afghan Friendship Bridge in Darwaz, which will consolidate permanent overland links between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

University of Central Asia Launched: First University in the Region Dedicated to High Mountain Populations with campuses in Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan
Press Release
06/07/2004 - President Emomali Rahmonov of Tajikistan joined His Highness the Aga Khan in laying the foundation stone of the Khorog campus in Tajikistan.

Banking Services expanded for Tajikistan's marginalised populations
Press Release
05/07/2004 - Prime Minister Okilov and Aga Khan inaugurate First MicroFinanceBank

President Chissano and Aga Khan Lay Foundation for an International Academic Centre of Excellence in Mozambique
Press Release
25/06/2004 - His Highness the Aga Khan today joined President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in announcing the creation of the Aga Khan Academy, Maputo, an academic centre of excellence.

Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy, Maputo
Speech
25/06/2004 - Speech of His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy (Maputo, Mozambique)

Lead Architect and Landscape Architect Selected for University of Central Asia Campuses
Press Release
24/06/2004 - His Highness the Aga Khan has announced the selection of the lead architect and the landscape architect for the three sites of the University of Central Asia.

AKFED gets US$7 million loan from IFC for Kabul Serena Hotel
Press Release
23/06/2004 - The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, charged with promoting private sector investment in the developing world, have signed agreement to finance the refurbishment and expansion of the Kabul Serena Hotel.

Aga Khan Urges a Civil Society Partnership Between Developed and Developing Countries
Press Release
18/06/2004 - True regime change occurs when liberty is guaranteed by a people free to create or support institutions of their own choosing. True regime change occurs when that strength and that freedom are defined by the depth, breadth and quality of education shared across the society in question.

Convocation of the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Speech
18/06/2004 - Address by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Convocation of the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (Toronto, Canada)

Living under the Crescent Moon at IVAM
In the Media
12 June 2004 - "The Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM) is presenting the first major exhibition to make an in-depth exploration of domestic culture in the Arab world, both in the past and in the present... The exhibition is sponsored by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is a collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Geneva and the Fondation Arabe pour l’Image in Beirut and is subsidised by the Berlin Cultural Fund."

Egypt gets its own "central park"
In the Media
27 May 2004 - "Cairo's new Al Azhar Park, which began construction in 1997, is designed to reflect the Islamic heritage of the area. At a cost of $30 million, the park includes a citrus orchard, rows of palm trees, and waterfalls. A long, marble walkway in an Islamic geometric pattern directs the eye to a splendid view of Cairo's Citadel and its Mohamed Ali Mosque on the facing hill. The park also includes a playground, sports fields, an amphitheater, and an Islamic restaurant.To create the park, which was a garbage dump for about 500 years and later a mountain of dirt, 80,000 truckloads of rubble and soil had to be removed. A nearly one-mile stretch of Cairo's 12th-century Ayyubid Wall was uncovered and is being restored..."

Aga Khan Speaks on Preventing the Failure of Democracy
Press Release
19/05/2004 - His Highness the Aga Khan today outlined the need to recognise both the fragility of democracy as a form of governance as well as its virtues in advancing human development.

Leadership and Diversity Conference, Gatineau
Speech
19/05/2004 - Address by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Leadership and Diversity Conference (Gatineau, Quebec - Canada)

Aga Khan Addresses Berlin Conference on Progress in Afghanistan
Press Release
31/03/2004 - Urges focus on civil society, the “ultra” poor, enabling frameworks and regional impact

Focus Expands Relief Effort for Victims of Cyclone Gafilo in Madagascar to Health and Education Needs
Press Release
26/03/2004 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network, has decided to expand its emergency relief intervention into education and health care support to serve some of the more than 200,000 people affected by Cyclone Gafilo in northern Madagascar.

FOCUS and World Bank Agree Natural Hazard and Poverty Reduction Project for High Mountain Areas
Press Release
02/03/2004 - The World Bank and Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) have agreed to implement an innovative project aimed at reducing poverty in high-mountain areas around Lake Sarez.

Habib Bank: AKFED Pledges Strength, Continuity and Innovation
Press Release
26/02/2004 - The Privatisation Commission today formally granted the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) rights to 51% of the shareholding in Habib Bank Limited against a committed investment of Pakistani Rupees 22.409 billion (US$389 million) in accordance with all statutory requirements and the terms of the successful bid as approved by the Cabinet Committee on Privatisation.

Aga Khan and Assad Discuss Syria Development Priorities
Press Release
16/02/2004 - His Highness the Aga Khan today concluded a three-day official visit to Syria during which he had meetings with President Bashar al-Assad and a series of discussions with Ministers on key development priorities for the country.

Kampala Serena Hotel will spur tourism investment
Press Release
11/02/2004 - US$18 million investment to refurbish and expand Kampala Serena hotel and conference centre.

Aga Khan Contributes €400,000 to Iranian Earthquake Rehabilitation Effort
Press Release
12/01/2004 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, has made a contribution of €400,000 to the Iranian government for rehabilitation assistance to the victims of the earthquake that struck Bam over two weeks ago.

Inauguration Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy Kilindini, Mombasa
Speech
20/12/2003 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy Kilindini (Mombasa, Kenya)

Aga Khan and Kenya President Kibaki Inaugurate the First of an International Network of Academic Centres of Excellence
Press Release
20/12/2003 - The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, the first in an international network of close to 20 academic centres of excellence was today inaugurated by Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims.

Opening of Alltex EPZ Limited at Athi River
Speech
19/12/2003 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Opening of Alltex EPZ Limited at Athi River (Kenya)

President Kibaki and Aga Khan Open State of the Art Apparel Plant in Kenya
Press Release
19/12/2003 - Ethical and social context of investing for development; cotton sector revival encouraged.

Aga Khan Announces Om Habibeh Foundation Grant for Aswan
Press Release
18/12/2003 - His Highness the Aga Khan today announced a grant for medical equipment by the Om Habibeh Foundation.

Aga Khan Announces First Ismaili Centre in Middle East
Press Release
13/12/2003 - His Highness the Aga Khan today announced the first Ismaili Centre to be built in the Middle East.

Foundation Laying Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai
Speech
13/12/2003 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Laying Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Aga Khan Speaks on Education and the Future of the Ummah
Press Release
06/12/2003 - Eliminate forever today's dangerous clash of ignorance.

Aga Khan Pledges Enhanced Support for Chitral
Press Release
04/12/2003 - Over the years ahead, we will be working together to change the quality and nature of the economy of Chitral.

IPS to Get US$32 Million in New Equity for East Africa
Press Release
17/11/2003 - Industrial Promotion Services (IPS) today announced a capital increase of USD 32.4 million (KSh 2.5 billion) for investments in East Africa to be funded principally by three leading institutional shareholders.

Aga Khan Concludes Visit to Mali: Signature of agreement to expand cooperation
Press Release
13/10/2003 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims yesterday concluded his four-day official visit to Mali with the signature of an agreement under which the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) will work towards launching new initiatives in the country.

Aga Khan Underlines Link Between Heritage and Quality of Life
Press Release
11/10/2003 - Today, we face a delicate situation in which all Muslims of peace need to unite to present to the world a face of an Islam of peace, unity, intelligence and conviction.

Aga Khan Urges Rediscovery of Timbuktu and Djenne
Press Release
10/10/2003 - His Highness the Aga Khan today retraced the footsteps of scholars and merchants whose journeys across the Sahara once helped establish a major cultural and commercial crossroads in this medieval city.

AKFED to Set Up Afghanistan's First Microfinance Bank
Press Release
18/09/2003 - The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) today received a banking licence for The First MicroFinanceBank (FMFB). The institution, with an initial capital of US$ 5 million, will be the first of its kind to be established under the country's new regulatory structure.

Aga Khan Announces First Ismaili Centre in Central Asia
Press Release
30/08/2003 - His Highness the Aga Khan today launched a landmark cultural centre here marking a milestone in the 1300 year history of the Ismaili Muslim community in Central Asia.

Foundation Stone Ceremony of The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe
Speech
30/08/2003 - Address by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Stone Ceremony of The Ismaili Centre (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)

Dushanbe Fresh Water Forum
Speech
30/08/2003 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan Dushanbe Fresh Water Forum (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)

Culture as a Catalyst for Development in Syria
Press Release
26/06/2003 - A model of revitalisation, the Souq al Saghir project in Masyaf was inaugurated on June 26th 2003 under the patronage of the Governor of the Hama Province.

“Roshan” promises a bright future for GSM digital services in Afghanistan
Press Release
26/06/2003 - His Excellency Mr. Mohd. Masoom Stanekzai, Afghan Minister of Communications today made the first test telephone call over Roshan’s state-of-the-art digital GSM wireless network

Annual Meeting of The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Speech
05/05/2003 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Annual Meeting of The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)

Aga Khan Challenges International Financial Institutions to Support Civil Society in Central Asia
Press Release
05/05/2003 - Jacques de Larosiere Lecture focuses on new approaches to address poverty. His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, today called on the European Bank for construction and Development (EBRD) and other international financial institutions to "look in depth at the problems that should be addressed in supporting non-commercial civil society institutions."

Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble Perform in Central Asia in Collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative
Press Release
02/05/2003 - Following critically acclaimed concerts in North America and Europe, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble brought their unique fusion of ancient Silk Road traditions and western classical music to the heart of the Silk Road: in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Aga Khan Plans University Campus in Kazakh Mountains
Press Release
01/05/2003 - His Highness the Aga Khan accompanied by the Minister for Education, Ms. Shamsha Berkimbayeva, visited Taldykorgan region of Almaty Oblast to view potential sites for the Kazakh campus of the University of Central Asia.

Ceremony to Inaugurate the Restored Humayun's Tomb Gardens
Speech
15/04/2003 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Ceremony to Inaugurate the Restored Humayun's Tomb Gardens (New Delhi, India)

Aga Khan Speaks of Tolerance and Shared Heritage
Press Release
15/04/2003 - Evokes Iraq and Afghanistan at inauguration of Humayun's Tomb Gardens.

Microcredit Programme for Low-Income Areas in Syria
Press Release
17/03/2003 - The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has launched its first micro credit facilities under agreements signed with the Syrian Ministry of Health and the Governorates of Aleppo, Hama and Tartous.

Princess Zahra Aga Khan Promotes Rural Entrepreneurship and Education in Mozambique
Press Release
14/03/2003 - The AKDN's Coastal Rural Support Programme (CRSP) has found ways to stimulate entrepreneurship in ways that simultaneously speed income growth, develop skills and improve the resource base.

Aga Khan Speaks of 'New Horizons in Africa' on Visit to Madagascar
Press Release
24/02/2003 - Speaking at the conclusion of a private visit to Madagascar, in the course of a working tour of East Africa, His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, today expressed cautious but pragmatic optimism about the future in certain parts of the Continent.

Aga Khan Visits Sites of Proposed Major Educational Campuses
Press Release
21/02/2003 - His Highness the Aga Khan yesterday evening completed his visit to two major education campuses being developed by the Aga Khan Education Service (AKES) in Kenya.

Aga Khan and Kibaki Discuss Development Challenges
Press Release
17/02/2003 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims was today received by President Mwai Kibaki at State House, Nairobi.

Aga Khan Underlines Kazakhstan's Vital Role in Central Asia
Press Release
17/12/2002 - His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, today acknowledged the country's vital and strategic role for the development of Central Asia.

Aga Khan Development Network Initiates US$25 Million Kabul Hotel Project
Press Release
20/11/2002 - Prince Amyn Aga Khan, younger brother of His Highness the Aga Khan, today announced a substantial investment by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) to initiate tourism, commercial and urban redevelopment in the capital of Afghanistan through the establishment of a world-class hotel in the centre of Kabul.

Aga Khan and Karzai Discuss Afghanistan Rehabilitation Progress
Press Release
05/11/2002 - Enabling governance structures, focused economic development, sensitive urban revitalisation, mutually supportive regional policies and a strong social service infrastructure were key topics in discussions held here over the past two days between His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and President Hamid Karzai, Vice Presidents Hedayat Amin Arsala and Karim Khalili and senior Afghan government ministers.

Aga Khan and Tajik and Afghan Leaders Open Bridge into Afghanistan
Press Release
03/11/2002 - Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmonov, His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and Afghanistan’s Vice-President Hedayat Amin Arsala today inaugurated the first of a series of bridges across the Pyanj River that will consolidate permanent overland links between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Aga Khan Places Mountain Solutions on Global Agenda
Press Release
01/11/2002 - His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, this week demonstrated the argument for optimism as heads of state, international leaders and mountain experts gathered together to mark the end of the United Nations International Year of the Mountains.

Plenary Session of the Bishkek Global Mountain Summit
Speech
31/10/2002 - Keynote Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Plenary Session of the Bishkek Global Mountain Summit (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic)

Opening Ceremony of the Aga Khan School, Osh
Speech
30/10/2002 - Speech By His Highness the Aga Khan at the Opening Ceremony of the Aga Khan School (Osh, Kyrgyz Republic)

Aga Khan Creates New Resources in Southern Kyrgyz Republic
Press Release
30/10/2002 - Creative long-term solutions for poverty-struck regions and the country’s future educational needs characterise two major new resources established here today by His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims.

Higher Education in High Mountains (Media Advisory)
Press Release
29/10/2002 - High in the mountains of Central Asia, a private, secular, not-for-profit university, dedicated to the eradication of the poverty all around it, is rising from barren ground in three predominantly Muslim countries.

Iran Contemplates a Changing World
Press Release
17/10/2002 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) brought together planners, architects and conservationists from France, Japan and the United States, as well as from the Maghreb, Lebanon, Turkey and Uzbekistan to a five-day international seminar on “Architecture for a Changing World” organised with the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organisation and Iran’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning.

Aga Khan to Establish Major Academic and Cultural Center and Museum in Canada
Press Release
08/10/2002 - The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) today announced its intention to establish in Toronto a museum housing exceptional collections of Islamic art and heritage as well as a unique academic and cultural center focused on the study and practice of human pluralism.

AKFED and IFC Spark New Electricity Supply in Impoverished Eastern Tajikistan
Press Release
07/10/2002 - $26 million investment will help revive electricity grid on the verge of collapse.

AKFED-Led Consortium Wins Afghan Telecom Licence
Press Release
07/10/2002 - Afghanistan’s second Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) licence was awarded on Saturday to an international consortium with strong regional connections led by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) and comprising Monaco Telecom International (MTI), U.S.-based MCT Corp. and worldwide telecommunications leader Alcatel.

Aga Khan and Presidents of MIT and Harvard Lay Foundations for an Architecture of Understanding
Press Release
27/09/2002 - While the world remains focused on conflict and destruction amidst Muslim societies, a collaborative venture in technology shows how the East and the West can together construct a world that recognises shared heritage.

Aga Khan Stresses Pluralism for Peace and Development
Press Release
09/09/2002 - In a vigorous exhortation to "governments, civil societies and peoples of the world," His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) on Saturday night suggested that enhancing "pluralism is as critical for the welfare and progress of human society as are poverty alleviation and conflict prevention."

Prince Claus Fund's Conference on Culture and Development
Speech
07/09/2002 - Keynote Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan Concluding the Prince Claus Fund's Conference on Culture and Development (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Aga Khan and Zanzibar Government Agree on Seafront Initiative
Press Release
19/07/2002 - His Highness the Aga Khan and Zanzibar’s Chief Minister Shamsi Vuai Nahodha today signed an Agreement of Co-operation to initiate a comprehensive urban rehabilitation proposal for the Seafront Area of Zanzibar’s Stone Town.

Aga Khan and Colin Powell Open Silk Road Festival in Washington
Press Release
25/06/2002 - "A search for new forces of stability," was how His Highness the Aga Khan today described one of the pressing needs of the moment in Central Asia.

Aga Khan Addresses Post 9/11 World
Press Release
23/06/2002 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of some 12-15 million Ismaili Muslims, was speaking at the inauguration of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center by Texas Governor Rick Perry

Inauguration of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston
Speech
23/06/2002 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center (Houston, Texas, USA)

Banquet hosted in Honour of Governor Perry, Houston
Speech
23/06/2002 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Banquet hosted in Honour of Governor Perry (Houston, Texas, USA)

Begum Aga Khan Meets Foreign Minister Martins Da Cruz
Press Release
05/06/2002 - Her Highness Begum Inaara Aga Khan, Honorary President of Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an international emergency relief agency yesterday evening met with Portugal’s Foreign Minister Antonio Martins da Cruz.

Minister of Culture Roseta and First Lady Maria Jose Ritta Join Begum Aga Khan at Concert and Exhibition
Press Release
05/06/2002 - The Minister of Culture, Dr. Pedro Roseta and the First Lady, Maria Jose Ritta were amongst the distinguished guests who last night joined Her Highness Begum Inaara Aga Khan at a concert and exhibition from Tajikistan at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon.

Aga Khan Concludes Kenya Visit
Press Release
29/05/2002 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, today concluded a short visit to Kenya, during which he had meetings with President Daniel arap Moi and other senior government officials.

Aga Khan Concludes Visit to Uganda
Press Release
27/05/2002 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, today held discussions with President Yoweri Museveni and other senior government officials.

“Paradise Garden” Restoration to Revitalise Kabul
Press Release
02/05/2002 - The Government of Afghanistan and the Municipality of Kabul today confirmed that the Aga Khan Trust for Culture will lead a project to enable reutilisation of the historic Bagh-e-Babur garden as a major public open space and also to rehabilitate neighbourhood residential dwellings and public sanitation facilities.

Aga Khan Meets Putin at Kremlin
Press Release
30/04/2002 - His Highness the Aga Khan today met with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation at the Kremlin.

Challenges Beyond the Nahrin Aftershocks in Afghanistan
Press Release
29/03/2002 - Serious challenges continue to face outlying populations of Nahrin District as aid agencies consider downscaling relief efforts around Nahrin City. Inaccessible populations, landmines, water and sanitation, and changing weather remain major problems.

Aga Khan and Karzai Sign Agreement in Kabul
Press Release
23/03/2002 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and Mr. Hamid Karzai, Chairman of the Interim Authority of the Government of Afghanistan, today signed an Agreement of Cooperation for Development that establishes an operating framework for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Afghanistan.

Aga Khan and Musharraf Discuss Regional Issues
Press Release
12/03/2002 - New microfinance and tourism initiatives focus on poverty and economic development.

Aga Khan Joins President Musharraf for Inauguration of Islamabad Serena Hotel
Press Release
11/03/2002 - The inauguration of the Islamabad Serena Hotel by President Pervez Musharraf this afternoon in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of the Ismaili Muslims and Chairman of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), marks a US$29 million investment in an insufficiently exploited sector of Pakistan’s economy.

President Musharraf and Aga Khan Launch the First MicroFinanceBank
Press Release
11/03/2002 - President Pervez Musharraf today inaugurated The First MicroFinanceBank Ltd. in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan.

Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development Acquires Hotel Polana
Press Release
27/02/2002 - Aga Khan Development Network widens its commitment to economic development in Mozambique.

Aga Khan University Helps Tackle Health Sector Reform in East Africa
Press Release
16/02/2002 - First academic presence abroad established in Uganda.

European Commission Awards Rs. 110 Crore Grant to Benefit Rural Poor in India
Press Release
01/02/2002 - The European Commission has approved a grant of Euro 25.5 million to the Aga Khan Foundation in India to support community based rural development.

Canada’s Prime Minister Chretien and Aga Khan Discuss Central Asia, Pluralism and Development
Press Release
30/01/2002 - Canada’s Prime Minister Jean Chretien and His Highness the Aga Khan today together called for an increased commitment to fostering pluralism in societies across both the developing and developed worlds.

Aga Khan Announces US$75 Million for Afghanistan
Press Release
21/01/2002 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, today announced at the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan a multiyear commitment of US$75 million by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to help re-build Afghanistan.

International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan
Speech
20/01/2002 - Delivered by Mr. Aly Mawji, Aga Khan Development Network Country Co-ordinator for Afghanistan, at the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan (Tokyo, Japan)

Portugal Gives Aga Khan Foundation Euro 1 Million to Alleviate Rural Poverty in Mozambique
Press Release
14/12/2001 - 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.

Sweden and Aga Khan Trust for Culture Reach Agreement on Second-Phase Funding for Rehabilitation of Zanzibar’s Stone Town
Press Release
11/12/2001 - The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) announced the conclusion of an agreement for a second phase of funding for the Community-Based Rehabilitation Programme in Zanzibar Stone Town.

UK and Aga Khan Development Network Jointly Sponsor New Scholarships (Press Backgrounder)
Press Release
06/12/2001 - The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom and the Aga Khan Development Network have agreed to jointly fund scholarships to students from Iran, Kazakhstan, The Kyrgyz Republic, Syria, Tajikistan.

Aga Khan and President Assad Agree on Future Collaboration
Press Release
10/11/2001 - The Aga Khan and Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa Miro also signed a Framework Development Agreement between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Syria. The Agreement will facilitate the effective functioning and optimum utilisation of the human and financial resources that the AKDN would mobilise for Syria. It also establishes an AKDN Representation Office in Damascus.

Aga Khan Speaks of Islam and Syria's Contemporary Challenges
Press Release
09/11/2001 - His Highness the Aga Khan today described how he saw Syria facing the challenges of the future in the context of the current global situation.

Winners' Seminar of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Speech
07/11/2001 - Concluding Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Winners' Seminar of The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (Aleppo, Syria)

'Prepare Children for a Multi-cultural World' urges World Bank President
Press Release
07/11/2001 - We need to stimulate all the world's children to become global thinkers," said Mr. James D. Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank, at a landmark roundtable on Early Childhood Development (ECD) organised by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and the World Bank.

Award Presentation Ceremony of the 2001 Aga Khan Award For Architecture
Speech
06/11/2001 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the 2001 Award Presentation Ceremony of the Aga Khan Award For Architecture, The Citadel (Aleppo, Syria)

Nine Projects Receive the 2001 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Press Release
06/11/2001 - At a ceremony held in Syria at the historical Citadel of Aleppo, His Highness the Aga Khan announced the nine recipients of the 2001 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and presented a special Chairman’s Award to the Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa.

Aga Khan Calls for Freedom in the Civilisation Debate
Press Release
06/11/2001 - Model proposed for analysing challenges facing Islam.

Yo-Yo Ma Performs on the Silk Road for Aga Khan Award
Press Release
06/11/2001 - First Performance of Ensemble in one of the oldest cities on the Silk Road. World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble gave a special performance on the occasion of the presentation ceremony of the 2001 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Aga Khan Meets President Assad and Cabinet Ministers
Press Release
03/11/2001 - New Initiatives in Education and Health Announced.

Portugal Provides Assistance for Displaced Persons in Afghanistan
Press Release
31/10/2001 - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal today announced a joint collaboration between the Portuguese Institute of Co-operation (ICP), the Aga Khan Foundation (Portugal) and Focus Humanitarian Assistance Europe Foundation (FOCUS) to provide urgently needed food assistance to displaced populations in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Rehabilitation and Relief Accelerates Despite Heightened Tension
Press Release
05/10/2001 - Against the backdrop of a major humanitarian disaster, heightened by tensions of potential international conflict and a massive refugee crisis, Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) is continuing to move ahead with rehabilitation activities in Afghanistan even as it presses forward with its ongoing relief programme across the country.

Aga Khan's Expanding Vision for Central Asia Looks Beyond Current Tensions in the Region
Press Release
25/09/2001 - New initiatives, pluralism and a commitment to the future of Afghanistan.

AKFED is joined by IFC, EBRD and Governments of Germany and Japan in Launch of Kyrgyz Republic's Largest Bank
Press Release
29/08/2001 - President Askar Akaev today officially inaugurated the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB).

World Premiere of Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble Introduces Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia
Press Release
25/08/2001 - At the first of a hallmark series of festivals to be held in Asia, Europe and North America, the renowned American cellist Yo-Yo Ma led a distinguished international group of musicians, artists and scholars from the Silk Road Project last night in introducing European audiences to a major element of the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia.

Aga Khan Outlines Expanded Development Initiatives for Tanzania
Press Release
17/08/2001 - Yesterday, Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa and the Aga Khan signed an Agreement of Co-operation for Development that further enhances the collaboration between the AKDN and Tanzania by permitting the Network to formalise the establishment of a mission in the country and facilitate the optimal utilisation of resources for the Network's development objectives.

Archon Award Ceremony of Sigma Theta Tau International
Speech
07/06/2001 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Archon Award Ceremony of Sigma Theta Tau International (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Aga Khan receives Archon Award for Promoting Global Health and Welfare
Press Release
07/06/2001 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and founder of one of the largest private networks of healthcare institutions in the developing world, this evening received the prestigious Archon Award from the international nursing honour society, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Centenary Celebration Meeting, Association of American Universities
Speech
22/04/2001 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Centenary Celebration Meeting, Association of American Universities - Making a Difference: Reflections on Shared Problems, Shared Opportunities and Shared Responsibilities in International Higher Education (Washington D.C., USA)

White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy
Speech
28/11/2000 - Remarks Prepared by His Highness The Aga Khan For The White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy (Washington D.C., USA)

Conference of Indigenous Philanthropy
Speech
17/10/2000 - Address to the Plenary by His Highness the Aga Khan at The Conference on Indigenous Philanthropy (Islamabad, Pakistan)

Inaugural Address by President Rafiq Tarar at the Conference on Indigenous Philanthropy
Speech
17/10/2000 - Inaugural Address by President Rafiq Tarar, Islamic Republic of Pakistan at The Conference on Indigenous Philanthropy (Islamabad, Pakistan)

Welcome Address by Dr. S. Kassim-Lakha at the Conference of Indigenous Philanthropy
Speech
16/10/2000 - Welcome Address by Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Steering Committee Convenor at the Conference on Indigenous Philanthropy (Islamabad, Pakistan)

Aga Khan Speaks on Role of Faiths and Minorities in Africa
Press Release
26/09/2000 - Practical ways in which a shared social ethic can revive hope and create peace. In an address yesterday to a special session on "Africa’s Rebirth" at the XIIIth International Meeting of Peoples and Religions, His Highness the Aga Khan, underlined the need for a stronger basis for civil society to be able to address problems of conflict, corruption and the AIDS epidemic.

World's First Mountain University Founded Along the Silk Route
Press Release
31/08/2000 - President Nursultan Nazarbayev and His Highness the Aga Khan, today concluded the signature of the treaty founding the University of Central Asia, the world's first university dedicated exclusively to education and research on mountain regions and societies.

Central Asian States and Aga Khan Sign Treaty to Launch Regional University
Press Release
28/08/2000 - University of Central Asia: unique in its focus on development of mountain regions and societies.

Faith in the Future: An Architecture of Pluralism
Press Release
31/07/2000 - Planners From Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States Share a Vision for New Spaces of Gathering.

Aga Khan Development Network Announces Programmes for Mozambique
Press Release
28/03/2000 - The Aga Khan Development Network today announced the launch of three social development programmes and a project to build a major school complex in Mozambique.

Aga Khan Welcomes The Sorbonne's New Series on Islam
Press Release
03/12/1999 - The inaugural volume, "L'Egypte Fatimide: son art et son histoire" is launched at the Institut du Monde Arabe.

Arab Architects Ask if Environments Will Change Society or Vice Versa
Press Release
26/11/1999 - Planners, architects and educators from across the Middle East who design challenged each other over a 3-day symposium organized by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, in collaboration with the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Lebanese Order of Engineers and Architects, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Lebanon.

Aga Khan Speaks at World Bank on Human Capital and the Global Information Infrastructure
Press Release
10/11/1999 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims today addressed industry leaders, government officials and development executives from around the world at the World Bank on applying information technology to the problems of human capital and development needs.

The World Bank InfoDev Conference
Speech
10/11/1999 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the World Bank InfoDev Conference (Washington D.C., USA)

New Humanitarian Crisis Looms in Northeastern Afghanistan: 100,000 People Displaced in Panjshir Valley
Press Release
20/08/1999 - An urgent appeal has been launched to assist up to 100,000 people displaced in the Panjshir Valley of Northeastern Afghanistan following fighting in the Shamali Plain north of Kabul just over a week ago.

President Mubarak and Aga Khan Discuss Cairo Projects
Press Release
04/05/1999 - President Hosni Mubarak today discussed with His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of the Ismaili Muslims, an integrated plan for development of Cairo's largest park, and innovative cultural restoration and economic revitalisation projects being undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in the capital's historic old city.

Aga Khan Signs Co-operation Agreement with France
Press Release
27/04/1999 - France's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hubert Vedrine, and His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, today signed an Accord of Co-operation between France and the Association Aga Khan, whose members include some of the principal agencies and affiliates of the Aga Khan Development Network.

Aga Khan Emphasises Need to Sustain Cultural Pluralism
Press Release
09/10/1998 - In the gardens of the Alhambra, His Highness the Aga Khan, today explained how "skill, knowledge and vision in the realm of architecture were once a hallmark of Islamic civilisations, and central to the identity of their peoples.

Aga Khan Outlines Path to Peace in Afghanistan
Press Release
28/09/1998 - In a powerful appeal to all Muslims in Afghanistan, Shia and Sunni alike, His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, outlined a basis for constructing a new and more stable civil order in Central Asia.

Princess Zahra on Volunteerism in the New Millenium
Press Release
25/08/1998 - Her Highness Princess Zahra Aga Khan today outlined a concept of volunteerism that can create and sustain healthy civic societies into the next millennium.

Aga Khan Meets Mandela and Chissano in Mozambique
Press Release
11/08/1998 - His Highness the Aga Khan and President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique today signed a Development Co-operation Agreement which establishes a mission of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Mozambique and lays the framework for AKDN's development activities in the country.

Aga Khan and President Sampaio Speak on Faith and Civil Society
Press Release
11/07/1998 - New Ismaili Centre in Lisbon Creates Innovative Multipurpose Space.

Commonwealth Press Union Conference in Cape Town, South Africa
Speech
17/10/1996 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Commonwealth Press Union Conference in Cape Town, South Africa

Address by His Highness the Aga Khan at Brown University
Speech
26/05/1996 - Baccalaureate address by His Highness the Aga Khan at Brown University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Speech
27/05/1994 - Commencement Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

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