Nation.Africa crossed the 200,000 mark in registered users in just under five months, a boost for Nation Media Group (NMG)’s digital transformation programme. The achievement cements NMG’s position among media houses on the continent that have transformed to digital brands and succeeded. Coming at a time the media business has been disrupted, the subscriptions stamps the Group’s commitment to generating content that informs, educates and entertains while keeping in mind the changing needs and trends of the industry.
The Aga Khan Museum, the only museum dedicated to showcasing the arts of Muslim cultures and the contributions of Muslim civilizations to world heritage, has announced the details of its podcast, This Being Human. Hosted by award-winning journalist and educator Abdul Rehman Malik, this 26-episode bi-weekly series explores the kaleidoscopic, and global experiences of modern Muslim life through the prism of arts and culture. This Being Human, which was launched last month, is one of the first arts and culture podcasts devoted to amplifying the voices of leaders redefining what it means to be Muslim in today’s rapidly changing world.
The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoITT) and its tech innovation arm Ignite (National Technology Fund) launched Pakistan’s first national investment platform called PakImpactInvest, opening up new investment avenues. The platform was launched at a ceremony attended by several stakeholders including Accelerate Prosperity (AP), a joint initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation and Industrial Promotion Services. The MoU, signed between AP and Ignite, says that AP will assist the MoITT and Ignite as the technical advisory partner for co-designing and launching PakImpactInvest
Better Shelter, a Swedish social enterprise working with the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) on emergency and transitional housing solutions, has launched a low-cost emergency shelter which can be upgraded with local materials. During 2020, the Better Shelter team piloted "Structure" together with AKAH in Tajikistan and Afghanistan. This year, the enterprise is expected to scale up to provide "Structure" for 10,000 families.
A new report shows how clean, affordable and reliable electricity can be provided to thousands of people even in the poorest, most remote and difficult terrains. It illustrates how this simultaneously reduces energy poverty and carbon emissions while generating multiple co-benefits. Under a private public partnership established between AKFED and the Government of Tajikistan, Pamir Energy is responsible for developing, maintaining and operating all energy infrastructure and assets within the concession area of Viloyati Mukhtori Kuhistoni Badakhshon (Gorno-Badakhshan). In addition, Pamir Energy improved the availability of clean, affordable and reliable electricity for another 20,000 people in Afghanistan. In total it serves just over 41,000 people in Northern Afghanistan through the cross-border projects which now also extend into Ishkashim, Maimai, and Nusai districts. (Full report available here)