From 8 April to 16 June, in London’s Kings Cross, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is presenting a free open-air photography exhibition about the world’s oldest trade route. The Silk Road: A Living History, created by travel photographer Christopher Wilton-Steer, is comprised of over 160 photographs that invite the viewer to take a journey from London to Beijing, encountering many of the people, places and cultures along the ancient trade route.
Ensuring long-term preservation: Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, Hyderabad, India
Restoration of ribs on the dome of Abdullah Qutb Shah's mausoleum....
Since 2013, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, in partnership with the Department of Heritage Telangana, has been undertaking conservation works on all monuments along with holistic landscape development of the 106-acre Qutb Shahi Heritage Park. Eight years of dedicated effort to conserve the historic monuments and step-wells, and restore the landscape including pathways, water bodies and green spaces covered with grass and fruit trees has reinstated the original grandeur envisaged by the Qutb Shahi builders.
Providing vocational training to young Afghans
Courses in carpentry, wood carving and production of architectural...
In Kabul, Jangalak Vocational Training Centre – part of the Aga Khan Cultural Services in Afghanistan – was established in 2015 to improve people's livelihoods through the provision of vocational training opportunities, especially amongst youth. Training of young men and women between the ages of 15 and 25 has focused on those vocations connected to Afghanistan’s rich material and crafts history, such as woodcarving, carpet weaving, tailoring, carpentry, embroidery, wooden model-making, traditional Jali screen-making, tile making and Rubab making.
Accelerate Prosperity: Enabling young entrepreneurs in emerging regions
Supported by a USAID grant of US$ 35,000, Accelerate Prosperity worked with...
Accelerate Prosperity is an initiative of the Aga Khan Development Network aimed at supporting start-ups and small and growing businesses. Based in Pakistan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic, the initiative builds on years of activities and interventions in entrepreneurship, skills development and business investments undertaken by the Aga Khan Foundation and Industrial Promotion Services in this region.
Responding to the COVID-19 crisis
The Aga Khan University’s campuses in Karachi and Nairobi participated in...
The healthcare activities of the Aga Khan Development Network began by tracking the pandemic in early 2020. It then engaged with Ministries of Health to develop country- as well as area-specific COVID-19 preparedness plans. The priority was to bolster government and AKDN’s diagnostic and care capacities and secure much needed supplies and test kits.