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 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.
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.
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.
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”.
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 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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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 Berlin Conference on Progress in Afghanistan
31 March 2004 - Urges focus on civil society, the “ultra” poor, enabling frameworks and regional impact
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 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.
Aga Khan and Musharraf Discuss Regional Issues
12 March 2002 - New microfinance and tourism initiatives focus on poverty and economic development.
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 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.
Aga Khan University Helps Tackle Health Sector Reform in East Africa
16 February 2002 - First academic presence abroad established in Uganda.
'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.
His Highness the Aga Khan visited Lisbon at the invitation of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, to receive the 2013 North-South Prize.
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