The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat and the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will facilitate the 6th International Conference "Debris Flow: Disasters, Risk, Forecast and Protection." The conference, which will take place in Tajikistan from 21-27 September, will enable national and international scientists and practitioners to share their best expertise and knowledge on ways of studying, assessing and preventing the natural hazards that are causing such a severe impact on the social and economic well-being of people around the globe.
On 8 February, Professor Francis Omaswa presided over the Convocation of the Aga Khan University in Uganda. During the ceremony, he said: "I am aware of the outstanding reputation of the Aga Khan University here in Uganda. The establishment of a new Aga Khan University Hospital in Kampala is a most welcome development. It should help to raise the standard of care, to educate health care leaders, and to generate knowledge that is needed to address some of Uganda’s critical health challenges. I want to thank His Highness the Aga Khan for his commitment to improving the quality of life in East Africa."
The groundwater table at the historic Sunder Nursery in New Dehli has shown a significant rise in the two years since it was opened for the public by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), after a decade of restoration work. Two large underground tanks have been built to store water. "Our water conservation efforts are in keeping with the requirements of the Union ministry of urban and housing affair’s "Jal Shakti Abhiyaan" project," said Ratish Nanda, CEO of AKTC. The project was launched in May 2019 in response to the escalating water crisis in the country.
In Ganj, a village in the Khatlon province of Tajikistan, a community-based savings group supported by AKF through the ESCoMIAD programme boasts 40 members - 35 of them female. Today, they are reportedly in their fourth cycle of activity, having blossomed from a small group of only 17 members. The group has accumulated over $4,000 in savings, with the value of loans increasing significantly over the last year.
University of the People scholarship recipient, Timoteo Ombati, from the Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi shares how this scholarship will help him grow as a teacher and his experience teaching the Middle Years Programme (MYP). He says that he considers this scholarship to be one of the best forms of professional development and that it was the best occasion for him to learn and grow as a teacher.