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World Bank grants AKF USA $16 million to support Afghan women’s enterprises 2024-04-04

Photo: Reuters. File photo.

The World Bank has approved a $16 million grant aimed at bolstering micro and small enterprises in Afghanistan, with an emphasis on women and women-led businesses, the institution announced.

Funded through the Afghanistan Resilience Trust Fund (ARTF), the grant will aid the Empowering Microfinance and Enterprises for Resilience and Growth (EMRGe) initiative, with direct allocation to the Aga Khan Foundation USA.

AKF & Dubai Cares launch Global Education Solutions Accelerator at COP28 with AKF as strategic partner 2023-12-15

AKF’s General Manager, Michael Kocher, meets with H.E. Dr Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares, at COP28.  AKF

Reinforcing its commitment to making education transformation an achievable reality for every country in the world, Dubai Cares unveiled its ‘Global Education Solutions Accelerator’ (GESA) at COP28. AKF will act as a strategic partner for the Accelerator, aiming to fast-track education transformation across the 10 countries that are part of Schools2030 – AKF’s flagship education programme.

AKF initiated Solar powered irrigation units propel sustainable agriculture in Bahraich

AKF initiated Solar power in Bahraich

In Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh, an integrated solar powered irrigation system has brought new hope for sustainable agriculture and improved livelihoods. With climate change, the unpredictability of monsoons and cost of all inputs soaring, till two years ago farmers were finding it increasingly difficult to get the return they expected from cultivation of rice, wheat and traditional crops.

Aga Khan Foundation supports people living with albinism 2023-02-27

The Aga Khan University Hospital, Kampala
NTV Uganda

The Albinism Umbrella, an Organisation working with persons with Albinism around the country, has asked government, the European Union, and the Aga Khan Foundation to extend research on albinism, beyond Kampala. Olive Namutebi, the Chief Executive Officer of Albinism Umbrella Uganda, says the 142 million shillings received from the European Union through the Aga Khan Foundation to support their community during the Covid-19 pandemic, enabled them to provide relief to those affected. The call came as the Aga Khan Foundation-supported people living with Albinism at a medical camp in Wakiso.

Aga Khan Foundation gets UK government funding for programmes in crisis-hit Afghanistan 2022-11-07

Vegetable farmers trading their produce at the Ishkashim Cross Border Market. Photo: Nance Ackerman

The Aga Khan Foundation and the UK government have partnered to deliver a number of agriculture, healthcare and livelihood projects in Afghanistan.

The £11.2 million grant from UK aid will support AKF’s efforts to help Afghans move beyond immediate humanitarian relief and help communities in the struggling country rebuild, the organisation said.

Princess Zahra addresses A CELEBRATION OF AKF (UK) Ball 1995-11-13

Princess Zahra Aga Khan
Canadian Ismaili (December 1995)

1995, November 13: Princess Zahra addressed the charity function held at Grosvenor Hotel, London where the theme was "Water for Life". In her speech, Princess Zahra said; "Investing in women yields high returns, both for themselves and for the generations to come" . Hazar Imam, in a message conveyed through Princess Zahra, said; "Through the voice of My daughter, and at the end of her speech, I want to associate Myself with the gratitude and respect she expressed for all those who have contributed to the mission of the Aga Khan Foundation.


Tajikistan: USAID, Aga Khan Foundation provide access to water and sanitation for Surkhob village 2022-06-28

new drinking water supply system set up by AKF and USAID

DUSHANBE — The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the joint Thrive Tajikistan: Partnership for Socio-Economic Development program, officially opened a new drinking water supply system and school latrine in Farkhor district of Khatlon province. The drinking water system will provide clean, reliable water to almost 450 households (over 3,000 people), and the new school latrine will provide access to improved sanitation to more than 600 schoolchildren and teachers, the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan reported.

Bugando receives gear from Aga Khan, AFD 2022-03-14

Project manager, Dr Harrison Chuwa with AKF and AFD officials at Bugando hospital in Mwanza Region
The Citizen

Mwanza. The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in collaboration with the French Development Agency (AFD) last week handed over a breast cancer screening machine worth Sh800 million to Bugando Medical Centre (BMC).

The machine was procured under a four-year Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer project which is under the two development agencies, according to the project manager, Dr Harrison Chuwa.

The inauguration of the machine was held at Bugando hospital in Mwanza Region where over 20 people would be diagnosed.

Aga Khan Foundation Donates PPEs To Kisii 2021-12-01

Aga Khan Foundation Donates PPEs To Kisii
kenyanews.go.ke Kenya News Agency

Kisii County has received a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from the Aga Khan Foundation as part of the organisation’s effort to fight against COVID-19 pandemic in Western and Nyanza Counties.

Government of Canada and the Aga Khan Foundation launch Women's Health Programme in Kyrgyzstan 2021-11-16

Davlatsulton Dorgabekova, the CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in the Kyrgyz Republic meets Mr. Jalalidin Rakhmatullaev Deputy Min
AKI Press

AKIPRESS.COM - Global Affairs Canada and the Aga Khan Foundation have launched the five-year “Foundations for Health and Empowerment” Programme to strengthen the delivery of quality, gender-responsive, and inclusive health services for women, girls, adolescents, their families and communities.

Aga Khan Foundation helps teachers raise children's health literacy in Kyrgyzstan 2021-10-25

Teachers undergo training by AKF in Chui, Naryn, Osh and Batken oblasts from October 7 to 23.
AKI Press

AKIPRESS.COM - The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) conducted a training for more than 100 teachers from about 50 secondary school and kindergartens in Chui, Naryn, Osh and Batken oblasts from October 7 to 23.

The training was organised as part of AKF’s Schools 2030 initiative with support from its Local Impact Project. The aim of this initiative is to form and develop hygiene life skills in general education and preschool educational institutions to create a friendly and safe educational environment and prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

USAID and the Aga Khan Foundation Provide Access to Water and Sanitation 2021-09-08


Panj, Tajikistan, September 7, 2021 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and, through their joint Thrive Tajikistan: Partnership for Socio-Economic Development project, officially commissioned a new drinking water supply system and a latrine at School #20 in Safedoron village in Panj district of Khatlon province.

100 schools to benefit from Aga Khan project 2021-05-26

Pupils of St Peters Primary School, Katwe, Kampala, attend lessons at the school on March 10, 2020. PHOTO/JAMES KABENGWA.
Daily Monitor Uganda

The Schools2030 project is aimed at empowering schools to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), aimed at ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education thereby promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. Ms Janat Namatovu, the AKF Schools2030 project coordinator, explained that the project is aimed at supporting teachers through “human centred design thinking” approach.

Aga Khan Foundation, firm launch new health campaign 2021-05-03

Ms Meralyn Mungereza, the country manager for Aga Khan Foundation Uganda (left), looks on as Dr Dinah Nakiganda (centre) receive
Daily Monitor monitor.co.ug

The Aga Khan Foundation Uganda and Triggerise, a non-profit company that developed the user-centric digital platform, TIKO, have launched a new campaign in Kampala and Arua to increase youth’s access to reproductive health services.

The purpose: empower young people with relevant information to fight unplanned teenage pregnancies.
The new campaign in the two cities is jointly bankrolled by the Aga Khan Foundation UK and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.

Bringing Clean Energy and Co-Benefits to Remote Communities in Tajikistan and Afghanistan with AKFED 2021-02-04

Pamir Mountains
reliefweb, OXFAM


This case study 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, including increased incomes, improved food security and community well-being, reduced deforestation, improved health from removing smoke from biofuels from homes, and improved healthcare and educational outcomes.


SCO, AKF (Pak) sign MoU to improve IT, digital infrastructure in GB 2021-01-26


ISLAMABAD: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Special Communications Organization (SCO) and the Aga Khan Foundation (Pakistan) [AKF (Pak)] to improve IT and digital infrastructure and services in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).

The overall purpose of the MoU is to strengthen cooperation between SCO, AKF (Pak) and other Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) agencies in light of the shared objective of sustainable socio-economic development of GB through reliable internet and telecom infrastructure.

Swiss funded project to support farmers of Osh region in cooperation with Aga-Khan Foundation.


AKIPRESS.COM - Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the risks to the food and agricultural sectors associated with it, the Swiss funded Bai-Alai Program will allocate more than 3.5 million soms (50 thousand Swiss francs) to support farmers in Osh oblast of Kyrgyzstan.

The Bai-Alai Program is funded by the Government of Switzerland through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by Helvetas Kyrgyzstan in cooperation with Aga-Khan Foundation.

US Ambassador unveils refurbished Qutub Shahi Tombs in Hyderabad 2020-03-10

U.S. Ambassador to India, Kenneth I. Juster (centre) with US Consul General from Hyderabad Joel Reifman and Aga Khan Trust for C
Siasat Daily

Hyderabad: The Qutb Shahi Tombs are now sporting a new look after the refurbished tombs of Taramati and Premamati were unveiled on Tuesday by US Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster.

The US Consulate General Hyderabad financially patronized the Aga Khan Foundation for the conservation and preservation of two tombs under the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation.

This Delhi kitchen feeds the hungry and serves a cause-An AKF Initiative

Preparing food at Zaika-e-Nizamuddin, a community kitchen run by local women.

The market at Nizamuddin basti is bustling with energy on a Thursday afternoon. There are some people chattering in front of a butchershop and children fighting while playing carom. The smell of fresh biryani fills the air as I walk through the winding lanes towards my destination, a kitchen called Zaika-e-Nizamuddin which is run entirely by a group of local women.

An initiative by the Aga Khan Foundation that began in 2012, Zaika-e-Nizamuddin was set up as part of a dual campaign to create employment opportunities for women and tackle the problem of malnutrition in this area.

Aga Khan, UK lottery to fund PWDs

launch of the project in Uganda, in Kampala yesterday. PHOTO BY KELVIN ATUHAIRE
Daily Monitor

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and the National Lottery Community UK have launched $1m (Shs3.7b) fund for building the capacity of disabled persons organisations.
Under the arrangement, AKDN will provide $500,000, while the National Lottery Community UK will provide $505,000.

The two-year programme will be implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation Uganda, Civ-Source, Independent Development Fund and the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU).
While launching the programme yesterday at Hotel Africana in Kampala, Ambassador Amin Mawji OBE, the Diplomatic

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