In Pakistan, the communities of Gilgit-Baltistan are among those most affected by climate change, said Salmanuddin Shah, Head of the emergency management department at the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH). AKAH has trained 50,000 volunteers, half of them women, in community-based disaster risk management since it was founded as Focus Pakistan in 1998. Reflecting upon the importance of the work of AKAH last year, Prince Rahim, Chair of AKDN’s Environment and Climate Committee said: "For decades the AKDN has been working with vulnerable communities to improve quality of life and reduce disaster risk. Today in the face of the climate crisis, understanding and mitigating these risks is even more urgent. Only by helping these communities adapt and thrive in harmony with their often-precarious habitat can we hope to mitigate the effects of climate change."
In Pakistan, the residents of the disaster-prone villages of Chitral have formulated their own disaster risk management plans to mitigate the destruction caused by natural calamities. Wasif Ahmed, resilience manager of an international organisation based in Chitral, said that the region was highly vulnerable to natural hazards like hydrological, geo-climatic and glacial lake outburst floods. Trained by the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, the vulnerable villagers have formulated their own disaster risk management plans keeping in view the nature of the hazard and its anticipated magnitude.
In London, the Silk Road, an open-air photography exhibition by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) UK's Head of Communications Christopher Wilton-Steer, captures images of trade, of peoples, and of empires long fallen through a series of stunning photographs. Christopher travelled along the historic trade route that was once known as the Silk Road. The exhibition is presented by the AKF and refers to an ancient trade route connecting the Western world with the Middle East and Asia. The free exhibition runs until 16 June.
Patrick Ndegwa, Seacom East Africa Business Sales Lead, writes that the agricultural sector makes up roughly 31.5 percent of Kenya’s GDP and employs 38 percent of Kenya’s total population. For 70 percent of rural Kenyans, agriculture provides their main source of income, which makes it a sector of the economy that shouldn’t be overlooked. Agricultural businesses face many challenges, including short shelf lives, inconsistent product quality, and lack of access to knowledge or financial resources. Emerging digital technologies can provide solutions and might be the answer to improved productivity, profitability, and resilience to climate change. Connectivity is the backbone of digital transformation and as it continues to improve across Africa, so will farmers’ access to innovation.
Pakistan is one of the five countries facing the largest deficit of nurses, with the World Health Organisation also calling on the country to take steps to double its nursing workforce. This target could be achieved by giving a dignified status to the profession in society, making it safe, diversified and financially sound which could attract women to it in large numbers. These points were raised by speakers at a seminar recently organised at the Aga Khan University in connection with the International Day of Nurses and Midwives.