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Princess Zahra outlines the work of Aga Khan Development Network 2008-05-15

Princess Zahra answering questions with Ali Asani AB `77 PhD `84,

Princess Zahra Aga Khan ’94 came home to Harvard this week (May 13) to present a hopeful vision of what education in the developing world can be like.

The forum was in Askwith Hall in Longfellow Hall, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The occasion was the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture, which she was there to give.

At a time when the world is grappling with issues of child-centered education, of women’s rights in Muslim societies, and of the loss of authentic local cultures under a wave of globalization, the princess spoke to all of these.

New Canadian PM praises Aga Khan Foundation's work

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with AKDN Representative Dr Mahmoud Eboo and Ismaili Council President Malik Talib at the Delegati
The Express Tribune with the International New York Times Pakistan

Newly sworn-in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited on Tuesday a delegation of the Ismaili Imamat and expressed his admiration for the global work carried out by Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

The Canadian premier met with the President of the Ismaili Council for Canada Malik Talib and the resident representative of the Aga Khan Development Network Dr Mahmoud Eboo. The three discussed areas of collaboration between the government of Canada and the Ismaili Imamat, according to The Ismaili.

Aga Khan visits UNHCR headquarters to discuss enhanced cooperation 2015-11-06


His Highness the Aga Khan, visited UNHCR headquarters today to meet UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and discuss past and future cooperation in emergency operations around the world.

UNHCR staff greeted the Aga Khan before he held private talks with Guterres followed by a meeting with senior UNHCR officials on the long-standing partnership between the Aga Khan Development Network and the UN refugee agency.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the 50th anniversary of ICOMOS, London 2015-10-22

His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, Patron of ICOMOS-UK receives His Highness the Aga Khan for the 50th anniversary confe


Your Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester
Mr David Thackray, President, ICOMOS-UK
Mr Gregory Hodkinson, Chairman, Arup
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

What a pleasure it is for me to be marking with you the 50th anniversary of ICOMOS – happy birthday!

Yours is an organisation for which I have long had enormous respect. And I have noted with interest the impressive, recent development of your Cultural Heritage Manifesto.

Maki to Make UK Debut with New Building for Aga Khan Development Network 2015-08-03


Maki and Associates has submitted plans for their first UK building. As the Architects' Journal reports, the Japanese firm has designed a nine story, 8,780-square-meter educational space for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) - a group of non-denominational agencies focused on improving the welfare of people in developing areas in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The predominately limestone building pulls cues from its context; its facade is derived from the space within, which in turn responds to the surrounding Kings Cross site.

East Africa: Aga Khan to Continue Supporting EAC Integration 2015-07-24

His Highness Aga Khan IV
allAfrica.com The Monitor

Kampala — His Highness the Aga Khan has promised to continue supporting the East African integration so that it can realise its potential in the face of a globalised economy.

Mr Mahmood Ahmed, the diplomatic representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), said His Highness the Aga Khan recently signed an agreement with the regional block secretary general, Mr Richard Sezibera, to strengthen cooperation in that regard.

Keynote remarks made at the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Summit in Toronto. 2014-05-29


Thank you Ms Brown for that kind introduction.


Prime Minister Harper,
President Kikwete,
Your Majesty,
Your Excellencies,
Honourable Ministers,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen:

Like you, I am here today because of my conviction that improving maternal, neonatal and child health should be one of the highest priorities on the global development agenda. I can think of no other field in which a well-directed effort can make as great or as rapid an impact.

Historic Agreement Establishes Global Seat of Ismaili Imamat in Portugal 2015-06-03


Lisbon, June 3rd 2015 -- Portugal’s Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Rui Machete and His Highness the Aga Khan today signed a landmark Agreement between the Republic of Portugal and the Ismaili Imamat for the establishment of a formal Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in Portugal. The Agreement marks the first such accord in the Imamat’s modern history. It will come into effect once it has been approved by Portugal’s Parliament and ratified by the President of the Portuguese Republic.

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Frequent Questions

Brief answers to some of the most common questions asked about His Highness the Aga Khan and the agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) are as follows:

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Hazar Imam arrives at Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario 2015-05-25

Hazar Imam arrives at Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario 2015-05-25

H.H The Aga Khan with Prince Amyn and Prince Hussain at Legislative Buildings, Toronto 2015-05-25


Ontario Signs Agreement of Cooperation with the Ismaili Imamat 2015-05-25

Ontario Newsroom

News Release

Ontario Signs Agreement of Cooperation with the Ismaili Imamat

Joint Initiatives to Promote Education, Diversity and Economic Development

May 25, 2015 12:00 P.M.

Office of the Premier

Premier Kathleen Wynne welcomed His Highness the Aga Khan to Queen's Park today for the signing of a historic Agreement of Cooperation between the province and the Ismaili Imamat. The agreement outlines areas of cooperation and joint initiatives, including leveraging diversity and culture as an economic driver and supporting a pluralistic approach to education.

H.H. The Aga Khan meets with president Atambayev of Kyrgyz Republc 2015-03-30


President Atambayev and His Highness the Aga Khan met in Brussels this evening, as part of an ongoing dialogue and partnership between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Aga Khan Development Network.

Aga Khan Urges Support for Civil Society at Afghanistan Conference 2014-12-05


Aga Khan Urges Support for Civil Society at Afghanistan Conference

Please also see: Statement by His Highness the Aga Khan
For more information, please see: AKDN Activities in Afghanistan

London, United Kingdom, 4 December 2014 – His Highness the Aga Khan on Thursday (December 4th) reaffirmed the Aga Khan Development Network’s commitment to Afghanistan and emphasized the importance of civil society in securing the country’s prosperous future.

Aga Khan Foundation to build at former war museum site 2014-11-19

Ottawa Sun

Aga Khan Foundation to build at former war museum site


First posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 01:44 PM EST | Updated: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 04:40 PM EST

Aga Khan Foundation
The international Aga Khan Foundation plans to build a diversity research centre at the former site of the Canadian War Museum.

The building that once housed the Canadian war museum will be turned into a new international diversity research and educational centre.

His Highness the Aga Khan's address at the Aiglon College Graduation Ceremony (Chesières, Switzerland)


Distinguished guests,

Thanks you Mr. McDonald for your very kind words, and for protecting me from eggs and tomatoes for having studied at Le Rose.

Let me say what an honour and pleasure it is to share this important day with this graduating class, with your faculty, your parents, your alumni. I congratulate you most warmly for all your successes, not only in your academic endeavours but also in the many fields where you have demonstrated exceptional talent. In music and art, in drama and sports, and in so many other areas of endeavour.

Memorial Lecture on International Affairs Featuring His Highness Karim Aga Khan IV 2014-03-10



President Paxson,
Ogden Family representatives,
Brown University Faculty, Students and Alumni,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen:

Thank you very much, Madame President, for your very kind introduction. It is a great honour for me to give the Ogden Lecture, to be included in the distinguished company of past Ogden Lecturers, and to pay tribute to the memory of Stephen Ogden.

Aga Khan Attends Inauguration of Kyrgyz President, Discusses Development Activities 2011-12-02


Bishkek, 2 December 2011 -- His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, arrived in Bishkek yesterday to attend the inauguration of the President-elect of the Kyrgyz Republic, Almazbek Atambaev.

Mawlana Hazar Imam visits Afghanistan 2013-12-21

Mawlana Hazar Imam is presented with a bouquet of flowers by AKDN Resident Representative Nurjehan Mawani upon his arrival in Ka

Kabul, 21 December 2013 — Mawlana Hazar Imam visited Afghanistan today, where he met with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, as well as ministers and other senior government officials. During high-level discussions on development issues with the president, Hazar Imam reiterated the commitment of the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Development Network to Afghanistan, and expressed appreciation to the Government of Afghanistan for their continued support of and partnership.

Mawlana Hazar Imam was accompanied by Princess Zahra.



Linda Young - AHN Editor
London, England (AHN)
February 29, 2008 12:22 p.m. EST

Four Nominees For 2008 Chatham House Prize

Voting is now open for the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Chatham House Prize. The now annual contest began in 2005 when the Royal Institute of International Affairs presented Ukraine's President Victor Yushchenko with the award for his demonstrated "political courage and skill" in "steering a peaceful process of political change in Ukraine."

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