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Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Development Planning Process in Afghanistan
13 April 2016 - With the aim of promoting disaster resilience in the development and rehabilitation of Afghanistan, Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) in Afghanistan and the Afghan government organised a conference on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into the Development Planning Process.

Reducing Risk and Preparing Communities for Disasters in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan Republics of Central Asia
12 February 2016 - Hazard Vulnerability and Risk Assessments (HVRAs) have been completed in 339 villages in GBAO and Naryn town, reaching approximately 400,000 individuals and 139 organizations, through the DIPECHO project “Fostering Disaster Resilient Communities in Isolated Mountain Environments”.

Aga Khan Visits UNHCR Headquarters to Discuss Enhanced Cooperation
06 November 2015 - His Highness the Aga Khan, visited UNHCR headquarters today to meet UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and discuss past and future cooperation in emergency operations around the world.

FOCUS Pakistan responds to flooding in Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan
04 August 2015 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) has been providing relief to villages in the Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan, which have been affected by devastating floods resulting from monsoon rains and glacial outbursts.

Regional Conference on Climate Change-Induced Hazards and Coping Mechanisms in Tajikistan
21 July 2015 - Intense heat in Tajikistan has led to an unusually rapid snowmelt this summer, causing floods that have destroyed schools, shops, crops, roads and power lines. To examine the effect of climactic changes on vulnerable Tajik populations, Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), in collaboration with the Government of Tajikistan, will host a regional conference on Climate Change-Induced Hazards and Coping Mechanisms on 26 August 2015, at The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Aga Khan University and Partners Launch Landmark Study to Help Kenya Meet Maternal/Child Health Goals
29 April 2016 - Aga Khan University, Kenya’s Ministry of Health and a group of partners launched the Kenya Countdown to 2015 Country Case Study. one of the most detailed analyses to date of Kenya’s progress in reducing maternal and child deaths.

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.

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