The Aga Khan Development Network is a group of private, international, non-denominational agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in specific regions of the developing world. The Network’s organisations have individual mandates that range from the fi elds of health and education to architecture, rural development and the promotion of private-sector enterprise. Together they collaborate in working towards a common goal – to build institutions and programmes that can respond to the challenges of social, economic and cultural change on an ongoing basis. This brochure introduces the Network’s principal agencies and provides an overview of their activities and goals. This publication is also available in French, Arabic and Portuguese.
Alim Qasimov and his daughter Fargana exemplify the explosive artistic energy that results when a powerful musical model ignites the spark of young talent. Fargana Qasimova’s talent gravitated toward the music she heard from her father: Azerbaijani classical music, known as mugham, and the repertoire of bardic songs sung by ashiqs, modern-day troubadours and singer-songwriters.
The Qasimovs are accompanied by a quartet of young musicians whose talent was shaped both by formal music education and immersion in Azerbaijani oral tradition.
Alim Qasimov vocal, daf | Fargana Qasimova vocal, daf | Rauf Islamov kamanche | Zaki Valiyev tar | Rafael Asgarov balaban, clarinette | Javidan Nabiyev naghara
Nearly 4 million work-days and over 12,000 jobs were created by the parks. The parks leverage the transformative ability of parks to improve the quality of life in the area.
32 million visitors have come to the ticketed parks, bringing in local citizens and tourists alike.
Local beneficiaries in catchment areas of the parks -- many of them ultra-poor -- benefit from the job-creation and restoration training programmes of the Aga Khan Trust for culture.
The National Park of Mali in Bamako, created by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, is a large, semi-circular 103-ha canyon of protected forest.
The Aga Khan garden in Edmonton, Alberta, contains more than 25,000 trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and wetland plants.
The Aga Khan Museum is home to over 1,000 masterpieces showcasing the arts of Muslim civilisations from the Iberian Peninsula to China.
In support of the Government's Clean India Mission, the AKDN is facilitating access to improved sanitation and hygiene for 700,000 people in 6 states.
Over a 20-year period, the AKDN Water and Sanitation Extension Programme has provided WHO-quality water installations for more than 100,000 households in the northern Pakistan.