The new Global Centre for Pluralism’s international headquarters officially opens on May 16th in a ceremony hosted by His Highness the Aga Khan and His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. The Global Centre for Pluralism is an independent, charitable organization inspired by Canada’s experience as a diverse and inclusive country. Founded in Ottawa, the Centre was created to promote living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies.
Between the 4th and the 21st of May, 2017, four leading musicians on the artist roster of the Aga Khan Music Initiative are participating in a 12-city debut concert tour of China. The tour, titled “Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route”, showcases the long history of cultural interaction and exchange among musicians from China and Central Asia. Wu Man, artistic director of the “Borderlands” tour and a long-time AKMI collaborator, is the world’s leading performer on the pipa, a Chinese lute whose origins have been traced to Central Asia.
A group of 16 year old students, from the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa, is now running their own business: a Tuck Shop that is donating its profits to environmental conservation. The idea was launched after the students’ Year 10 Entrepreneurship Class and began when students realized there was no shop in the school to cater to student needs and wrote a proposal to the school describing everything they needed for it to be set up. The success of the business is evidence that entrepreneurship training within schools can transform students’ capabilities to deliver financial success and a positive social impact.
Three international development agencies have come together to mobilise more than $1 billion for power generation across Africa, including the 147MW Ruzizi III project that will supply electricity to Burundi, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), its industrial and infrastructure development arm Industrial Promotion Services (IPS) and CDC Group, the UK development finance arm, launched the joint power initiative with a promise to boost power generation, accelerate economic growth and benefit millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. The Ruzizi III project, for instance, is expected to double Burundi’s current capacity, increase Rwanda’s capacity by 26 per cent and provide much needed base-load power in eastern DRC.
On April 24th, the Second Vice President of Afghanistan, Sarwar Danesh, and Princess Zahra Aga Khan inaugurated a US $22.8 million hospital that will serve the people of Bamiyan. The Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) began operating the Bamiyan Hospital in 2004. At that time, the hospital had only 35 beds – 15 of which were housed in a tent. As part of a public-private partnership with the Government of Afghanistan, AKHS undertook the challenge of upgrading the hospital as part of the AKDN’s broad contribution to the improvement of health services in Afghanistan.