The restoration work of Shah Burj Gate of the Lahore Fort in Pakistan has been completed. Officials said the restoration work started in June 2019 to complete the missing tile work and the iconic Muqarnas inside the dome that is often called "stalactite vaulting". The restoration work was completed in March 2020 by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) with funding from the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Walled City of Lahore Authority and AKTC.
The Aga Khan Foundation, with the support of the Government of Switzerland, has successfully launched an emergency project aimed at reducing Tajikistan's vulnerability to COVID-19-related food insecurity in 12 districts of Khatlon province, Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region, Sughd province and Rasht Valley of Tajikistan. The project aims to address limited access to agricultural products, low water and land productivity, lack of high quality seeds and fertilizers – all of which can exacerbate food insecurity, malnutrition and vulnerability to the virus.
As Museums and galleries re-open following the period of lock down, how do they adapt to the global population's experience of the pandemic? Social distancing does not just refer to physical distancing but has also manifests in greater feelings of emotional isolation. The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, has re-imagined its programmes for the remainder of the year embarking on 'Rebuild 2020'. The Aga Khan Museum also launched a new exhibition in March 2020, Sanctuary, an exhibition showcasing immigrants' experience using rugs as a medium to share narratives to demonstrate stories, histories, place, and purpose. The exhibition comprises the work of thirty-six artists from twenty-two countries creating rug designs.
Over 4,000 frontline healthcare workers from over 200 public and private sector healthcare institutions across Pakistan have attended Aga Khan University’s COVID-19 webinars. COVINAR, which consisted of a variety of sessions organised into six themes, was rated as excellent by 70% of participants and covered topics ranging from the latest research on the pandemic. Medical students from across Pakistan who were home-bound due to the lockdown also found the courses to be refreshing and useful.
Tajikistan’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Mr. Zavqi Zavqizoda, Director of Pamir Energy Company, Mr. Daler Jumaev and KfW signed a Grant and Project Implementing Agreement for construction of a small hydropower plant Sebzor in Roshtqala district of Mountainous Badakhshan Autonomous Province (GBAO) in Tajikistan. The project will be financed through state-owned German Development bank – KfW. The executing agency for the project is Pamir Energy company, which operates the energy system of GBAO on the basis of a concession agreement with the Government of Tajikistan.