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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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

First MicroFinanceBank Pioneers Housing Finance in Afghanistan
08 October 2008 - First MicroFinanceBank–Afghanistan to Pioneer Access to Housing Finance with the Support of IFC

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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 Addresses Berlin Conference on Progress in Afghanistan
31 March 2004 - Urges focus on civil society, the “ultra” poor, enabling frameworks and regional impact

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.

“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

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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'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.

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.

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.

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