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"For two generations now, those who care about African development have been seeking an important key, searching for the best way to improve the quality of human life by advancing the pace of economic development. One of the most promising outcomes of that search was the creation of a new set of venture capital institutions ready to invest in projects which traditional private investors were less likely to support."

HH the Aga Khan speaking at the Official Opening of the Kampala Serena Hotel (10 November 2006)

Mobilising New Economic Drivers

SPOTLIGHT ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Mobilising New Economic Drivers

In many remote areas, development arrives at a stage when further progress becomes dependant on larger infrastructure issues, such as roads, telecommunications and electric power. In Uganda, for example, only five percent of the population has access to electricity. Rural electrification and the creation of electricity-generating plants then become vital to progress. More

 

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Travel “Oscars” for Serena Hotels in Africa
25 October 2013 - Serena Hotels received six World Travel Awards, including “Africa’s leading Hotel Brand”; “Leading Eco Hotel of the Year 2013” for the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge; “Rwanda’s Leading Hotel 2013” for the Kigali Serena; “Kenya’s Leading Business Hotel 2013” for the Nairobi Serena Hotel; “Uganda’s Leading Hotel 2013” for Kampala Serena Hotel; and “Tanzania’s Leading Hotel 2013” for the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel.

Nyagak I Hydropower Plant Inaugurated
20 September 2012 - His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni today inaugurated the 3.5MW Nyagak I hydropower station in Paidha, Zombo District. The occasion officially marked the onset of 24hour electricity supply for the people of the West Nile sub-region.

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”.

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Introduction

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and its institutional predecessors have been working in Uganda for over 50 years. Over the past decade, AKDN has been expanding its activities in Uganda. AKDN’s activities in the country now extend from infrastructure development that is bringing electricity to the West Nile region to an early childhood education programme that assists poor communities create and maintain pre-schools. Its activities also include an economic development project that manufactures essential pharmaceuticals to an advanced nursing studies programme that provides professional career development and clinical training to nurses. In every endeavour, the aim is to help meet Uganda’s development needs with projects that are efficient, effective and which have a wide impact on the quality of life for citizens of the country.

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