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The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and its institutional predecessors have had a presence in Tanzania and Zanzibar for more than a century, starting with the establishment of the first Aga Khan Girls School in Zanzibar in 1905. In recognition of AKDN's commitment to the country, an Agreement of Co-operation was signed with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania in 1991. The Agreement was subsequently revised and endorsed in 2001, which has enabled the AKDN to contribute significantly to Tanzania's development agenda in the economic, social and cultural spheres. Its work has spanned rural development in Lindi and Mtwara regions, healthcare and nursing education in Dar es Salaam and the restoration of landmark buildings and public spaces in Zanzibar's World Heritage site, Stone Town.

Revitalising Zanzibar’s Stone Town


Revitalising Zanzibar’s Stone Town

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) has been active in Zanzibar since 1989, successfully completing the restoration of 11 landmark buildings (many of them on the point of collapse), upgrading housing and rehabilitating public spaces, notably Kelele Square and Forodhani Park. Inspired by His Highness the Aga Khan’s commitment to the preservation of historic cities in the Muslim world, AKTC has been working to prove cultural heritage can become a catalyst for positive change. More


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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.

Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Aga Khan University Convocation, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
24 February 2015 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Aga Khan University Convocation, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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.

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