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.
Serena Hotels has now become the first company in Pakistan and the second hospitality company globally to obtain the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) Certification. As an EDGE certified company, Serena Hotels are now part of a group of almost 200 companies that are paving the way for gender equality in their workforce across five continents and representing 24 different industries. EDGE is the leading global standard for gender equality, and the certification recognises Serena Hotels’ global commitments to creating a workplace where men and women are respected and have equal opportunities to thrive and grow professionally.
Uganda will soon have a world class hospital. The Aga Khan University Hospital will offer international quality services and also contribute to the training and capacity building of health-care professionals in Uganda. This has been revealed during the convocation ceremony for 142 graduates majoring in nursing and midwifery at Aga Khan University held in Kampala on 8 February.
The Aga Khan University is a leading not for profit entity that reaches over 5 million people from Africa and Asia every year. The institution is a major contributor to the provision of quality health care in the East African region through its training programmes, which have produced thousands of health-care professionals and more directly through the provision of first class medical care in the hospitals.