Aga Khan Shocked and Saddened by Attack on the Ismaili Community in Pakistan
13 May 2015 - His Highness the Aga Khan, the Spiritual Leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, has expressed shock and sadness in the wake of an attack on a bus carrying members of the Ismaili community on their way to work in Karachi, Pakistan, that left 43 people dead.
The “Blue Mosque” of Cairo Restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
02 May 2015 - Restoration of the 14th century Amir Aqsunqur “Blue Mosque” in Al-Darb al-Ahmar, a district of Cairo, has been completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).
Batashewala Mughal Garden Complex in Delhi Restored
22 April 2015 - The restoration of the 11-acre “Batashewala complex” – undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India – was marked on the 18th of April.
Aga Khan Foundation Improves Infant Feeding and Nutrition Practices among 400,000 Mothers in Rural Bihar
23 April 2015 - For the past three years, the Aga Khan Foundation (India) and its partners have worked with 400,000 mothers from marginalised communities in rural Bihar, significantly improving infant and young child feeding practices.
La musique live s’épanouit au Parc National du Mali avec le soutien de L’Initiative Aga Khan pour la musique
20 April 2015 - L’Initiative Aga Khan pour la musique poursuit et développe son partenariat avec le Musée National du Mali. Dès le 2 avril 2015, une nouvelle activité pédagogique, les Jeudis Musicaux des Enfants (« Denmesenw foli ») voit le jour.
Aga Khan Receives India’s Padma Vibhushan Award
08 April 2015 - President Pranab Mukherjee of India awarded His Highness the Aga Khan the Padma Vibhushan, one of the country’s highest civilian decorations, for his contributions to social development in India.
Humayun’s Tomb Site Museum Launched by India’s Minister of Tourism and Culture and Aga Khan
07 April 2015 - His Excellency Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of Tourism & Culture, and His Highness the Aga Khan today launched construction of a site museum at the Humayun’s Tomb Complex.
Aga Khan Rural Support Programme Awarded 2015 Times of India Social Impact Award for Safe Drinking Water and Improved Sanitation
11 March 2015 - The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme has been awarded the 2015 Times of India Social Impact Award, in the NGO environment category, for its effort in ensuring access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation in Bihar and Gujarat.
The Aga Khan Receives Canada’s New Representative to the Ismaili Imamat
04 March 2015 - His Highness the Aga Khan today received His Excellency Gordon Campbell, who has been recently appointed as the Representative of the Government of Canada to the Ismaili Imamat. Mr. Campbell is a former premier of British Columbia and Canada’s current High Commissioner in London
Aga Khan University Addresses the Challenge of Educating a New Generation of Leaders in Africa
02 March 2015 - At a ceremony marking the graduation of students from the Aga Khan University, His Highness the Aga Khan announced that the University will offer undergraduate degrees in Medicine and Nursing, as well as graduate professional education, in East Africa, as part of a programme to educate the leaders in the region through an investment totalling over US$ 1.1 billion.
HIGHLIGHTS: His Highness the Aga Khan Presides over the Aga Khan University Convocation in Nairobi, Kenya on 2 March 2015
27 February 2015 - His Highness the Aga Khan Presides over the Aga Khan University Convocation in Nairobi, Kenya on 2 March 2015.
The 2015 Aga Khan University Convocation in Kampala, Uganda
26 February 2015 - As Chancellor of the Aga Khan University, His Highness the Aga Khan presides over the second of three Aga Khan University convocation ceremonies, in Kampala, Uganda, on 26 February 2015.
Aga Khan University Graduates to Have a “Multiplier Effect” in Civil Society
24 February 2015 - In a speech marking the graduation of 58 students in medicine, nursing and education, His Highness the Aga Khan todayspoke of the “multiplier effect” that they would have in building civil society.
The Aga Khan University’s New Charter Sets the Stage for Major Expansion in the Region
23 February 2015 - President Jakaya Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania, today granted the Aga Khan University (AKU) its charter under Tanzanian law, marking the first time such recognition has been given to a foreign-based institution of higher learning.
Live Webcast: His Highness the Aga Khan to Preside over the Aga Khan University Convocation
23 February 2015 - As Chancellor of the Aga Khan University, His Highness the Aga Khan will preside over the 2015 Convocation ceremony in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, 24 February. The ceremony is expected to commence at 11:00 AM EAT (Dar es Salaam time).
FOCUS to Rehabilitate Schools in Madagascar Following Tropical Cyclone
23 February 2015 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network, is to support the rehabilitation of schools damaged by Tropical Cyclone Chezda.
Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Project Improves Lives for over 200,000 people in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral
30 January 2015 - In an area where half the population did not have access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities, a four-year AKDN project, funded by the German government, to improve safe drinking water and sanitation facilities has benefited over 200,000 people in 12,000 households in the Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral (GBC) regions of Pakistan.
Aga Khan Foundation Partners with ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival for 2015 Edition
21 January 2015 - As part of programmes to promote reading, education, development and pluralism in India, the Aga Khan Foundation will support several sessions at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival this week including a musical performance on opening night by the Alim Qasimov Ensemble, presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative.
European Development Finance Institutions partner with AKDN to improve quality of life in developing countries
10 December 2014 - Three major European Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération économique PROPARCO (of France), FMO (The Netherlands Development Finance Company) and (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH of Germany) last week signed a 12-year loan facility of USD 189m with the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) to further development in Africa, the Middle East and South and Central Asia.
Aga Khan Urges Support for Civil Society at Afghanistan Conference
04 December 2014 - Aga Khan, speaking at the 2014 London Conference on Afghanistan, Urges Support for Civil Society at Afghanistan Conference
Agreement to Implement Disaster Preparedness Project in Central Asia
26 November 2014 - An agreement to implement the eighth DIPECHO Project in Central Asia seeks to enable local communities and institutions to better prepare for, mitigate and respond to natural disasters.
AKDN Statement at the "Heart of Asia" Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan in Beijing
31 October 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
10 November 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
03 November 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
07 October 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
29 September 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
18 September 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.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Aga Khan Open the Ismaili Centre Toronto and Aga Khan Museum
12 September 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
18 August 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
14 August 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
05 August 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
05 August 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 Receives 2013 North-South Prize
12 June 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).
Aga Khan Urges Innovative Approaches to Maternal and Child Care, Praises Canada’s Leadership
29 May 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
28 May 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.
The French Development Agency and AKDN Sign a Multimillion-Dollar Agreement on the Expansion of Health Services in Tanzania
09 May 2014 - The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Aga Khan Development Network today signed a US$ 79.8 million agreement.
Aga Khan Urges Commitment to Pluralism and Strengthening of Civil Society
11 March 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.
Aga Khan to Deliver Ogden Lecture at Brown University
07 March 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
28 February 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.
Aga Khan Lauds Canada’s Leadership in Advancing Pluralism in the World, Warns Against Rise of Extremism
27 February 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.
Aga Khan to Address a Special Joint Session of Parliament on Thursday, February 27
26 February 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.
Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam launches first Oncology Programme as Part of Expansion
27 January 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.
Aga Khan Announces the Aga Khan University’s Expansion into Liberal Arts at Historic Convocation
19 December 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.
UCA and GIZ Bring Mobile Digital Library to Naryn and Ak-Talaa Districts in the Kyrgyz Republic
13 December 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
06 December 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 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal
27 November 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.
Aga Khan Receives Honorary Degree from Trinity College at the University of Toronto
25 November 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
21 November 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
25 October 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.
University of Central Asia Begins Construction of Naryn Campus
27 September 2013 - The University of Central Asia (UCA) announced the official start of Phase I of its Naryn main campus construction on 27 September 2013.
Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad Inaugurated
20 September 2013 -
Humayun’s Tomb Restoration Inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister and Aga Khan
18 September 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.
Bangladesh and Aga Khan Development Network sign Protocol of Cooperation
16 September 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.
2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Recipients Announced
06 September 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.
FMFB Client Wins “Best National MicroEntrepreneur”Award
30 July 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”
03 July 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
22 June 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
22 June 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.
The Role of Culture in Development: The Aga Khan Speaks at UNESCO Conference in China
15 May 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.
Illuminating the Roof of the World: Tajikistan Exports Hydroelectricity to Afghan-Badakhshan
02 May 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
30 April 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
26 April 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
22 April 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
International Baccalaureate Teachers Meet at Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad
18 February 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 Music Initiative Presents “New Sounds from Arab Lands” in Europe and United States
06 February 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
10 January 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.
Master Jury Announced for 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
21 November 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”
12 November 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
24 October 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.
D’éminentes personnalités inaugurent à Kaboul la construction d’un service d’obstétrique ultramoderne
20 October 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.
Top Officials Announce the Construction of a State of the Art Obstetrics Facility in Kabul
20 October 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
19 October 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
19 October 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
18 October 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
16 October 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.
President Museveni and the Aga Khan Inaugurate Bujagali Hydropower Plant
08 October 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
20 September 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
31 August 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
25 August 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
23 August 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
20 July 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
19 July 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
18 July 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
18 July 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.
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Helps Launch Network for Architectural Education in Africa; Hosts Conferences in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire
22 June 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
22 June 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
18 May 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 Smithsonian Folkways Release “Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route”
11 May 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.
Patriarchate of Lisbon and Aga Khan Foundation Renew Partnership
09 May 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
26 April 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.
Aga Khan Music Initiative Brings Together Musicians from Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa at the 2012 Spring Festival
24 April 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
16 April 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
05 April 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
04 April 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
21 March 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 Museum Collection on Display in Southeast Asia for the First Time
31 March 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.
France Musique Prize 2012 for World Music Awarded to Aga Khan Music Initiative Artist Abduvali Abdurashidov
15 March 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
08 March 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.
Steering Committee for Aga Khan Award's Twelfth Cycle Announced
16 February 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
08 February 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.
His Highness the Aga Khan receives honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa
13 January 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.
"Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts" at The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
07 December 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
02 December 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.
President Rahmon and Aga Khan Inaugurate Dushanbe Serena Hotel
01 November 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.
Tajikistan, Afghanistan and AKDN Lay Foundation Stone for Fifth Bridge Between Countries
31 October 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
28 October 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
27 October 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.
1.5 Million Trees to Be Planted in Kenya by AKDN and Lions Clubs International
19 October 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
05 October 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.
The Aga Khan Music Initiative and Al Mawred Al Thaqafy Bring Together Arab and Central Asian Musicians at Sixth Remix Music Workshop in Aswan
18 September 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.
Tajik and Afghan officials Inaugurate Vanj Bridge Built by AKDN as Part of Cross-border Initiatives
16 August 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.
FOCUS Pakistan assists in evacuating victims affected by collapse of Karachi’s Lyari Building
09 August 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.
New Graduate School of Media and Communications Launched at Aga Khan University in Kenya
28 July 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.
President Kibaki and Aga Khan Open Aga Khan University Hospital's Heart and Cancer Centre
25 July 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).
Clean Energy Pioneer AKPBS Receives Prestigious Environmental Prize for BACIP Programme in Pakistan
16 June 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.
Aga Khan Planning and Building Service a Finalist for Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy
18 May 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
12 May 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
26 April 2011 - His Highness the Aga Khan today received the 2011 University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medal, the University’s most prestigious award.
Kyrgyzstan’s President Inaugurates New Head Office of the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank
23 March 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
18 March 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
22 February 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
30 January 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
21 January 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.
Mozambique’s Historic Polana Serena Hotel
16 December 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.
Five Projects Receive 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture; Oleg Grabar Receives Chairman’s Award
24 November 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
17 November 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.
Brazil and the Ismaili Imamat sign Protocol to support development activities
10 November 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.
Istanbul Opening for “Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Arts of the Book and Calligraphy”
05 November 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
29 October 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
28 October 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
26 October 2010 - The French Government and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) today signed a Partnership Convention for bilateral cooperation in Syria.
AKTC Receives UNESCO Award of Distinction for Community-based Restoration in Pakistan
07 October 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.
Fastest Growing City in Africa Gets 103-hectare Urban Park
22 September 2010 - President of Mali and Aga Khan Inaugurate National Park of Mali as part of events to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Malian Independence.
FOCUS assists thousands of flood victims in Pakistan
12 August 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.
The Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) and AKDN Sign Protocol of Co-operation
21 July 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).
Media Advisory: Aga Khan to Launch New Institutions in Toronto, Canada
26 May 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
25 May 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
08 May 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.
Remix Asia: A Catalyst for New Music
28 October 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.
Aga Khan Announces a Graduate School of Media and Communications
18 March 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.
Aga Khan Museum Collection in Berlin, 17 March to 6 June 2010, at the Martin-Gropius-Bau
16 March 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.
The First MicroFinanceBank Ltd and Pakistan Post Office Agree to Expand Microfinance Services for the Poor
28 January 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.
Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance Expands in Damascus, Syria
28 January 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.
Focus Humanitarian Assistance Provides Relief for Landslide Victims in Hunza, Pakistan
13 January 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
12 January 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
08 January 2010 - The members of the Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which selects the recipients of the Award, were announced.
Free Clinics in Pakistan Promote Microinsurance for Healthcare
07 November 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.
The State of California and the Ismaili Imamat Partner to Confront Poverty
02 November 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
02 November 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.
An Urban Park Is Inaugurated in Khorog, Tajikistan
10 October 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 Sponsors and Participates in Governors’ Global Climate Summit 2
30 September 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.
FMFB and Harvard University to Research Social Performance
11 September 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.
Aga Khan Reviews Progress on AKDN Projects
in East Africa
29 July 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
29 July 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
23 July 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.
Focus Humanitarian Assistance Receives UN Disaster Reduction Award
16 June 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
12 June 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
09 June 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.
Exhibition from Aga Khan Museum Collection Inaugurated by King of Spain and Aga Khan in Madrid
04 June 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
31 May 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”
28 May 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.
Aga Khan Meets German Chancellor Merkel to Discuss Expanding Cooperation
15 May 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
12 May 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).
Aga Khan in Lisbon for Talks with Cardinal Patriarch and Foreign Minister
08 May 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.
Two Agreements for Reducing the Risk of Natural Disasters in Tajikistan
09 April 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
07 February 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
18 January 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
24 December 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
09 December 2008 - France and AKDN in Agreement on Development - La France devient partenaire de la fondation Aga Khan
Inauguration of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, Canada
06 December 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
McMaster and AKU Sign MOU for Expanded Partnership
22 November 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
AKDN at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit
19 November 2008 - AKDN at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit
His Highness the Aga Khan in Canada to Discuss Development Partnerships, Celebrate Golden Jubilee
18 November 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.
Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance Expands in Egypt
27 October 2008 - AKAM Partners with USAID to Expand in Aswan; Holds AKAM/Deutsche Bank Microfinance Forum in Cairo
First MicroFinanceBank Pioneers Housing Finance in Afghanistan
08 October 2008 - First MicroFinanceBank–Afghanistan to Pioneer Access to Housing Finance with the Support of IFC
Aga Khan Visits Central Asia
01 October 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
15 September 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.
Aga Khan Inaugurates Aleppo Citadel Project
28 August 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
26 August 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
25 August 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.
Aga Khan Arrives in Syria on the Occasion of His Golden Jubilee
24 August 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
12 July 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.
His Highness the Aga Khan visits Portugal on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee (Press Advisory)
09 July 2008 - His Highness the Aga Khan arrives in Lisbon tomorrow at the invitation of the Government.
His Highness the Aga Khan in the United Kingdom to mark Golden Jubilee visit
02 July 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
30 June 2008 - His Highness the Aga Khan today received an honorary law doctorate from National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
The French Government, the Afghan Government and the Aga Khan Sign a Letter of Intent on Medical Projects in Afghanistan
12 June 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.
Aga Khan Academy to be Established in Bangladesh
20 May 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.
International Conference on School Safety: Towards Building Safer Schools
17 May 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
29 April 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).
Aga Khan Urges Educators to Embrace Pluralism and Diversity in Teaching: He urges intellectual humility and pluralism as essential to a 21st Century education
18 April 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
12 April 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.
Aga Khan to Visit USA (Media Advisory)
10 April 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
02 April 2008 - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture today announced the members of the new Steering Committee for the 11th Award cycle (2008 – 2010).
Music of Central Asia at the Louvre: Alim and Fargana Qasimov, Tengir-Too and The Academy of Maqam to Perform
31 March 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
13 March 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
27 February 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)
30 January 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.
Aga Khan Trust for Culture Starts US$2.2 million Revitalisation of Forodhani Park in Zanzibar’s Historic Stone Town
18 January 2008 - Forodhani Park, the largest open space in Zanzibar's historic Stone Town (a World Heritage Site), will undergo a US$ 2.2 million restoration during 2008.
1 Million Dollar World Bank Administered Japanese Grant for Northern Pakistan
17 January 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
15 January 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
27 November 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.
Aga Khan Praises Mozambique as a Valuable Model for the Developing World
21 November 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.
Aga Khan to Arrive in Mozambique for Golden Jubilee Visit (Media Advisory)
19 November 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.
Two Major Landmarks Restored in Historic Cairo (Media Advisory)
26 October 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.
Aga Khan Trust for Culture Collaborates with the Louvre and Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris
17 October 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.
Spiritual Sounds of Central Asia: Nomads, Mystics and Troubadours
12 October 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
02 October 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
04 September 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.
Aga Khan Sees a Bright Future for Eastern Africa
24 August 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
22 August 2007 - His Highness the Aga Khan today said "people power" was vital for economic growth in developing countries.
Aga Khan Announces the East African Community’s First Regional University to be based in Arusha
19 August 2007 - His Highness the Aga Khan has announced plans to build a major new university campus in Arusha, in north-eastern Tanzania.
Aga Khan Foundation Celebrates Twenty-Five Years of the Madrasa Programme
14 August 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
Aga Khan Academy Mombasa Builds Residential Campus to Welcome Students from Across Kenya
14 August 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.
Aga Khan Receives Kenya's Highest Medal of Honour
14 August 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.
Aga Khan University Announces the Faculty of Health Sciences in East Africa
13 August 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)
12 August 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.
Cairo Governorate and Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Public-Private Partnership for Historic Cairo Revitalisation Projects
17 July 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
14 July 2007 - Unseen masterpieces of Islamic art revealed in London for the first time, from 14 July to 31 August 2007.
Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Public-Private Partnership for Regeneration of Humayun’s Tomb-Nizamuddin Basti-Sundar Nursery Area
11 July 2007 - An agreement on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the revitalisation of the Nizamuddin district of India’s capital was signed today.
Lahore Walled City Project to Benefit from a Public-Private Partnership between Government of Punjab and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
02 July 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.
Dignitaries and Business Leaders Agree on a Road Map to Help Afghanistan's Private Sector
06 June 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.
The Aga Khan Calls for a More Coordinated Effort to Help Afghanistan's Private Sector
04 June 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
AKDN Profiles Kashmir Earthquake Reconstruction for UN-HABITAT Model Presented at Business Partnership for Sustainable Urbanization Forum
17 April 2007 - Model Presented at Business Partnership for Sustainable Urbanization Forum.
Sacred Art and Music of the Muslim World in Parma, Italy
30 March 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
15 March 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
23 January 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
23 November 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.
President Museveni and Aga Khan Inaugurate Kampala Serena Hotel
10 November 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.
Aga Khan and President Rahmonov Initiate Dushanbe Serena Hotel
30 October 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.
Government of Canada and Aga Khan Sign Funding Agreement for Global Centre for Pluralism
25 October 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.
Aga Khan Delivers Laudatory Address for Victor Yushchenko, Winner of the 2006 Die Quadriga Prize
03 October 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
02 October 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).
Prince Hussain Aga Khan Marries Miss Kristin J. White
18 September 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
04 September 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
01 September 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
21 August 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
29 July 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
30 June 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
19 June 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
19 June 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
15 June 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.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the National Museum of Mali sign a Collaboration Agreement
07 June 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
31 May 2006 - Bellerive Foundation Merges with the Aga Khan Foundation New US$10 million Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Fund for the Environment
Bellerive Foundation Merges with the Aga Khan Foundation
31 May 2006 - The activities of the Bellerive Foundation are being integrated into the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in the form of the “Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Fund for the Environment”, a US$ 10 million fund which will be dedicated to practical solutions to environmental problems.
Aga Khan Receives Tolerance Award from the Evangelical Academy of Tutzing
20 May 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.
New Hospital Inaugurated in Afghanistan
08 April 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.
Tourism Promotion Services restructures to include Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar in its operations
20 March 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
15 March 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
02 March 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.
Aga Khan Accepts Royal Toledo Foundation Award for Work in Revitalising Historic Cities of the Islamic World
02 March 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
02 March 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
01 March 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).
Aga Khan Says More Relevant Education, Stronger Civil Society Institutions and renewed commitment to ethical standards are key to stability of modern democracies
12 February 2006 - Awarded Honorary Doctorate by University of Évora for "Material and Spiritual Service to Humanity".
Aga Khan Proposes Conference on “Enabling Environment” for Afghanistan Development
31 January 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
20 December 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
19 December 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.
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar on Architectural Journalism and Criticism in Kuwait
07 December 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
07 December 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
Aga Khan Visits Earthquake-Hit Areas of Pakistan
05 December 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
03 December 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.
Aga Khan Inaugurates State-of-Art Cancer Treatment Centre at AKU
02 December 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
28 November 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
28 November 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
The Aga Khan Development Network Commits $50 million to Pakistan's Earthquake Appeal
19 November 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
16 November 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
08 November 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.
Energie du Mali: Agreement signed for Public-Private Partnership between IPS (WA) and The Republic of Mali
14 October 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
14 October 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.
Aga Khan Expresses Sympathy and Announces Support for Relief Assistance
10 October 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
04 October 2005 - His Highness the Aga Khan was today among six recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.
Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy 2005 (Media Advisory)
04 October 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
03 October 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.
The Republic of Mali, The Ismaili Imamat and the AKDN strengthen their partnership with Agreement of Cooperation
01 August 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
01 August 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
30 July 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.
Aga Khan conferred honorary Doctorate from American University of Beirut
25 June 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".
Aga Khan Conferred Companion of the Order of Canada
06 June 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
06 June 2005 - A window for renewed partnerships in the fight for improved quality of life in the developing world.
Shigar Fort: A New Model of Conservation Combines Economic and Cultural Objectives
23 May 2005 - The inauguration of the restoration of Shigar Fort in Baltistan, Pakistan, scheduled for the 30th of May, has been postponed due to weather
Aga Khan Urges Investment in the Quality of African Journalism
22 May 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
18 April 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
07 April 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.
Norway and AKDN Strenghten Partnership Through the Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
06 April 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
Aga Khan and Madame Mubarak inaugurate Cairo's Al-Azhar Park
25 March 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
18 March 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.
President Mkapa and Aga Khan Lay Foundation Stone for an International Academic Centre of Excellence in Dar es Salaam
17 March 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
25 February 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 Expands Microfinance to Reduce Vulnerability of the Poor
22 February 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
08 February 2005 - Aga Khan Named Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada
Aga Khan Creates New 30-hectare Park in Historic Cairo (Media Advisory)
01 February 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 visits Pakistan - December 2005
01 February 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 receives 2005 Vincent Scully Prize
26 January 2005 - Recognition for bridging the gap of understanding between Western and Islamic Cultures.
FOCUS Mobilises for Tsunami Disaster Relief
10 January 2005 - Recognition for bridging the gap of understanding between Western and Islamic Cultures
Statement by the Department of Public Affairs
26 December 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
07 December 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.
Renewed Confidence in Muslim Architecture: Aga Khan Award for Architecture Concludes with Seminar
29 November 2004 - A full-day seminar held today in Agra concluded the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Renewed Confidence in Muslim Architecture
Recipients of the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announced by India’s Prime Minister and His Highness the Aga Khan
27 November 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.
Seven Projects Receive the 2004 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
27 November 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.
Aga Khan Arrives in New Delhi
24 November 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.
Joint Press Release by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)
07 September 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
06 September 2004 - Emphasises democratic governance, pluralism and civil society as fundamental preconditions for creating stable and prosperous societies.
40 Central Asian Musicians and Dancers on Tour in Europe
24 August 2004 - Beginning 25 September, 40 musicians and dancers from Central Asia will start a five-week-long tour of Europe.
Resurgence of Mostar’s Historic City Centre: New Agency for Conservation and Development to Build on Completed Projects (Media Advisory)
23 July 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
07 July 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.
University of Central Asia Launched: First University in the Region Dedicated to High Mountain Populations with campuses in Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan
06 July 2004 - President Emomali Rahmonov of Tajikistan joined His Highness the Aga Khan in laying the foundation stone of the Khorog campus in Tajikistan.
Darwaz Bridge to strengthen commercial ties and Tajik-Afghan relations
06 July 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.
Banking Services expanded for Tajikistan's marginalised populations
05 July 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
25 June 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.
Lead Architect and Landscape Architect Selected for University of Central Asia Campuses
24 June 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
23 June 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
18 June 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.
Aga Khan Speaks on Preventing the Failure of Democracy
19 May 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.
Aga Khan Addresses Berlin Conference on Progress in Afghanistan
31 March 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
26 March 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
02 March 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
26 February 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
16 February 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
11 February 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
12 January 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.
Aga Khan and Kenya President Kibaki Inaugurate the First of an International Network of Academic Centres of Excellence
20 December 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.
President Kibaki and Aga Khan Open State of the Art Apparel Plant in Kenya
19 December 2003 - Ethical and social context of investing for development; cotton sector revival encouraged.
Aga Khan Announces Om Habibeh Foundation Grant for Aswan
18 December 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
13 December 2003 - His Highness the Aga Khan today announced the first Ismaili Centre to be built in the Middle East.
Aga Khan Speaks on Education and the Future of the Ummah
06 December 2003 - Eliminate forever today's dangerous clash of ignorance.
Aga Khan Pledges Enhanced Support for Chitral
04 December 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$32 Million in New Equity for East Africa
17 November 2003 - Industrial Promotion Services (IPS) today announced a capital increase of USD 32.4 million (KSh 2.5 billion) for investments in East Africa to be funded principally by three leading institutional shareholders.
Aga Khan Concludes Visit to Mali: Signature of agreement to expand cooperation
13 October 2003 - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims yesterday concluded his four-day official visit to Mali with the signature of an agreement under which the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) will work towards launching new initiatives in the country.
Aga Khan Underlines Link Between Heritage and Quality of Life
11 October 2003 - Today, we face a delicate situation in which all Muslims of peace need to unite to present to the world a face of an Islam of peace, unity, intelligence and conviction.
Aga Khan Urges Rediscovery of Timbuktu and Djenne
10 October 2003 - His Highness the Aga Khan today retraced the footsteps of scholars and merchants whose journeys across the Sahara once helped establish a major cultural and commercial crossroads in this medieval city.
AKFED to Set Up Afghanistan's First Microfinance Bank
18 September 2003 - The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) today received a banking licence for The First MicroFinanceBank (FMFB). The institution, with an initial capital of US$ 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
30 August 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.
“Roshan” promises a bright future for GSM digital services in Afghanistan
26 June 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
Culture as a Catalyst for Development in Syria
26 June 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.
Aga Khan Challenges International Financial Institutions to Support Civil Society in Central Asia
05 May 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
02 May 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
01 May 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.
Aga Khan Speaks of Tolerance and Shared Heritage
15 April 2003 - Evokes Iraq and Afghanistan at inauguration of Humayun's Tomb Gardens.
Microcredit Programme for Low-Income Areas in Syria
17 March 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
14 March 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
24 February 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
21 February 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
17 February 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
17 December 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
20 November 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
05 November 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
03 November 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
01 November 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.
Aga Khan Creates New Resources in Southern Kyrgyz Republic
30 October 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)
29 October 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
17 October 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
08 October 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
07 October 2002 - $26 million investment will help revive electricity grid on the verge of collapse.
AKFED-Led Consortium Wins Afghan Telecom Licence
07 October 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
27 September 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
09 September 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."
Aga Khan and Zanzibar Government Agree on Seafront Initiative
19 July 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
25 June 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
23 June 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
Minister of Culture Roseta and First Lady Maria Jose Ritta Join Begum Aga Khan at Concert and Exhibition
05 June 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.
Begum Aga Khan Meets Foreign Minister Martins Da Cruz
05 June 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.
Aga Khan Concludes Kenya Visit
29 May 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
27 May 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
02 May 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
30 April 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
29 March 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
23 March 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
12 March 2002 - New microfinance and tourism initiatives focus on poverty and economic development.
Aga Khan Joins President Musharraf for Inauguration of Islamabad Serena Hotel
11 March 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
11 March 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
27 February 2002 - Aga Khan Development Network widens its commitment to economic development in Mozambique.
Aga Khan University Helps Tackle Health Sector Reform in East Africa
16 February 2002 - First academic presence abroad established in Uganda.
European Commission Awards Rs. 110 Crore Grant to Benefit Rural Poor in India
01 February 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
30 January 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
21 January 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.
Portugal Gives Aga Khan Foundation Euro 1 Million to Alleviate Rural Poverty in Mozambique
14 December 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
11 December 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)
06 December 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
10 November 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
09 November 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.
'Prepare Children for a Multi-cultural World' urges World Bank President
07 November 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.
Aga Khan Calls for Freedom in the Civilisation Debate
06 November 2001 - Model proposed for analysing challenges facing Islam.
Nine Projects Receive the 2001 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
06 November 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.
Yo-Yo Ma Performs on the Silk Road for Aga Khan Award
06 November 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
03 November 2001 - New Initiatives in Education and Health Announced.
Portugal Provides Assistance for Displaced Persons in Afghanistan
31 October 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
05 October 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
25 September 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
29 August 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
25 August 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
17 August 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.
Aga Khan receives Archon Award for Promoting Global Health and Welfare
07 June 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.
Aga Khan Speaks on Role of Faiths and Minorities in Africa
26 September 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
31 August 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
28 August 2000 - University of Central Asia: unique in its focus on development of mountain regions and societies.
Faith in the Future: An Architecture of Pluralism
31 July 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
28 March 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.
FOCUS to Rehabilitate Schools in Madagascar Following Tropical Cyclone
23 15 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network, is to support the rehabilitation of schools damaged by Tropical Cyclone Chezda.
Aga Khan Welcomes The Sorbonne's New Series on Islam
03 December 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
26 November 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
10 November 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.
New Humanitarian Crisis Looms in Northeastern Afghanistan: 100,000 People Displaced in Panjshir Valley
20 August 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
04 May 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
27 April 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
09 October 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
28 September 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
25 August 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
11 August 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
11 July 1998 - New Ismaili Centre in Lisbon Creates Innovative Multipurpose Space.
Restoration of the 14th century Amir Aqsunqur “Blue Mosque” in Cairo's Al-Darb al-Ahmar district
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