The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has worked in some of the most difficult, hard-to-reach parts of Africa and Asia for over 50 years. Prioritising the well-being and psychosocial support was crucial to our COVID-19 response framework for these fragile contexts.
A new way of learning
Student at Diamond Jubilee High School, Harp, Gilgit-Baltistan....
It is a bit unusual for parents to proudly tell the teacher that their kids are glued to the television first thing in the morning. But when classrooms move to the TV screen, it is a great thing for a teacher to hear. But this is the kind of feedback Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan (AKES,P) teachers are getting from across Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral since AKES,P launched its Digital Learning Programme on 11 May, in the wake of school shutdowns due to the Coronavirus.
UCA to help develop environmental country strategy for Kyrgyzstan
The Graduate School of Development's Mountain Societies Research Institute...
The University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Institute will work with the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) to develop a GEF SGP Country Strategy for Kyrgyzstan. The programme will focus on funding local community-led environmental projects within a given priority area. SGP plans to also review, analyse, and codify results to allow replication and scale up of best practices within the country, and in other parts of the world.
Research into how medicinal and aromatic plants contribute to food security
A woman prepares collected camomile for drying in Tajikistan....
In mountainous regions with limited agricultural lands, rugged topography, and large gradients, the preservation of agrobiodiversity and an appreciation of traditional knowledge about food systems are essential ingredients of a sustainable future. Therefore, the University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Institute has begun to engage in food systems research in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.