Yo-Yo Ma was fascinated by the wealth of music along what was once the Silk Road. So the cellist conceived a plan to weave together the multifarious threads, as he explains to Michael Church
UN conference in Central Asia to focus on water - AGA KHAN AT THE INTERNATIONAL FRESH WATER FORUM - 2003-08-29Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Delegates from Canada, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, the United States and Malaysia were due to gather for the Dushanbe International Water Forum to discuss problems as diverse as flooding, desertification and water-borne disease.
But it is unclear how much the conference will accomplish, since several of Tajikistan's neighbors who face grave water-related problems are not sending high-level government officials to the event.
Renovation of Mopti Mosque by Aga Khan Trustfor Culture Completes First Phase - AU COEUR DE LA RESTAURATION DE LA GRANDE MOSQUEE DE MOPTI - 2005-05-04Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
During his recent visit to Mali, the Aga Khan reviewed restoration efforts undertaken on Mopti's Grand Mosque by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). The mosque, an earthen structure built in the traditional Sudanese style between 1936 and 1943 on the site of an earlier mosque dating from 1908, was at serious risk of collapse until the Aga Khan Trust for Culture commenced restoration work. It is expected to be fully restored by 2006. 'Mopti's mosque is an outstanding example of the traditional Muslim architecture of the Sahel,' said the Aga Khan.
Une nouvelle compagnie aérienne est née au Mali. Fruit d'un partenariat entre le gouvernement du Mali et le Fonds Aga Khan pour le développement économique, cette compagnie renforcera le secteur du transport aérien commercial en Afrique de l'Ouest.
AGA KHAN CONFERRED HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF BEIRUT - AGA KHAN AWARDED HONORARY DEGREE BY AUB - 2005-06-25Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
(Please see the Aga Khan's Remarks and the American University of Beirut website)His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and founder of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), was today conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, by the American University of Beirut.In its citation, the University praised the Aga Khan as 'an avid philanthropist standing at the head of a network of service institutions focused on the have-nots of the world, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.'In his acceptance remarks, the Aga Khan praised the American University of Beirut for
Speech on the Occasion of the Sod-turning Ceremony for The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Foundation - CEREMONY FOR THE DELEGATION OF THE ISMAILI IMAMAT FOUNDATION - 2005-06-06Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Your Highness, you are aware that John Ralston Saul and I have paid two visits to Kabul, Afghanistan to visit the Canadian troops deployed there. On our first visit, in December of 2003, we found a city that was practically flattened, and a people that seemed to be in disbelief that they were no longer in the midst of total war. One year later, we returned and immediately sensed that there was new hope. There were more people going about their business in the streets, a wider selection of food in the markets, and increased availability of practical goods like bicycle tires and oil cans.
University's postgraduate courses start in November - UNIVERSITY'S POSTGRADUATE COURSES START IN NOVEMBER - 2003-08-27Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
The Aga Khan University will offer postgraduate courses in internal medicine, general surgery and radiology from November 2003.
The curriculum for the courses is the result of a consensus reached by medical experts from the University of Nairobi, Moi University, Aga Khan University, the Aga Khan Hospitals in Nairobi and Karachi as well as curriculum and education experts.
Dr Roger Sutton, the Associate Dean of the Aga Khan University, said the Aga Khan Hospital organised three workshops to discuss the course objectives, content, assessment methods and teaching strategies.
AGA KHAN EXPANDS MICROFINANCE - L'AKDN LANCE UN NOUVEL EFFORT POUR LES PLUS PAUVRES DU MONDE - 2005-02-22Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
His Highness the Aga Khan today announced the expansion of a new generation of financial products and services to help some of the world's most vulnerable populations. The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM), a new institution created specifically for this purpose, will deliver innovative services including micro-insurance, small housing loans, savings, education and health accounts, and support for small entrepreneurs seeking to develop businesses related to restored cultural assets. The Agency will be part of the Aga Khan Development Network.
Dalakhani looked a horse apart as he glided across the soft ground on the way to post for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe here yesterday, and he was better
still on the way back. Christophe Soumillon, his jockey, condensed his performance in Europe's finest race into just five words: 'Il est un champion veritable.' The only dispute is Soumillon's use of the present tense. Dalakhani has almost certainly run his last race, but at least the memory of his curtain call will endure until his first crop of two-year-olds reaches the track in 2007.
US$18 million investment to refurbish and expand hotel and conference centre - AFGHAN GIRLS RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER FIVE YEARS - 2002-03-23Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Philanthropist Karim Aga Khan, left, and Afghanistan's Interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai applaud a group of young Afghan girls, who sang and scattered glitter during a ceremony marking the start of the school year, Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Amoni High School in Kabul, Afghanistan. Girls will be allowed to go back to school for the first time in five years, since the fall of the Taliban, who prohibited girls from attending school. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
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President Benjamin Mkapa has expressed deep gratitude to private providers of education in Tanzania for their solid support in building a learned Tanzanian community.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the Aga Khan International Academy in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the president said such institutions, religious and secular, have always been very important partners in the provision of education which was the cornerstone of the country's development and prosperity.
USDA to Donate $5 Mil. in Ag Products to Afghanistan - USDA SUPPORTS AKF PROJECTS IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN - 2003-11-11Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman, in a historic visit to Afghanistan, today announced that USDA intends to donate $5 million of U.S. agricultural commodities under the Food for Progress Program. Veneman also announced the first Cochran Fellowship Program with Afghanistan to provide short-term, U.S.-based training for eight Afghan women to study agricultural finance.
Banking Services expanded for Tajikistan's marginalised populations Prime Minister Okilov and Aga Khan inaugurate First Micro Finance Bank Dushanbe. - TAJIKISTAN: AGA KHAN OPENS BANK, COMISSIONS BRIDGE, LAY FOUNDATION FOR UNIVERSITY - 2004-07-06Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, today joined Prime Minister Okilov of Tajikistan in inaugurating the First MicroFinanceBank in Tajikistan, a bank which will expand access to a wide range of banking services for the people of Tajikistan. In countries such as Tajikistan, villagers in remote areas must travel long distances at great expense to access financial services. In addition, commercial banks often do not find it profitable to offer services to the urban poor or to populations living in remote locations.
Syria's Health Minister Maher al-Husami on Wednesday reviewed with Representative of Agha Khan Network in Syria, Mohammed Mufdi Saifo, joint cooperation and programs between the Ministry and the Network and ways of developing them during the forthcoming period.
Both sides concentrated on the necessity of supporting the nursery schools and to improve the scientific level of the teaching staff at these schools.
Talks also dealt with the hospitals situation, showing interest in improving the English language for the nurses.
USDA to donate agricultural commodities for Tajikistan - USDA TO DONATE AGRICULTURAL COMMODITES FOR TAJIKISTAN - 2001-08-08Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate about 5,500 metric tons of U.S. agricultural commodities to the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) for use in Tajikistan under the Food for Progress program. AKF, a private voluntary organization, will directly distribute the donated commodities to an estimated 206,000 people in the Autonomous Oblast of Gorno-Badakhshan. The donation will include approximately 450 metric tons of whole dry milk, 850 tons of vegetable oil, 700 tons of corn-soy blend, and 3,500 tons of wheat flour. AKF plans to provide rations to about 206,000 people.
Aga Khan Speaks of Tolerance and Shared HeritageEvokes Iraq and Afghanistan at inauguration of Humayun's Tomb Gardens(see also background information and photos) - RENOVATED HUMAYUN'S TOMB - 2003-04-15Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Whether through neglect or wilful destruction, the disappearance of physical traces of the past deprives us of more than memories. Spaces that embody historic realities remind us of the lessons of the past.'His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims was speaking at the inauguration of the restored gardens that surround the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun.
TAJIK PRESIDENT CALLS FOR COMBINING EFFORTS IN SOLVING PROBLEMS OF RATIONAL USE OF WATER RESOURCES - AGA KHAN AT THE INTERNATIONAL FRESH WATER FORUM - 2003-08-29Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Tajik President addressing International Freshwater Forum has urged to focus efforts on appropriate tasks.
DUSHANBE, September 1, Asia-Plus - 'The main task is in focusing efforts of all countries and directing them to an appropriate turn', Tajik President Emomali formulated the task faced by participants at the Forum.
Members of the Aga Khan University (AKU) board of trustees have started arriving in Kenya for the board's second meeting this year, to be held in Mombasa from today until Sunday.
The focus will be a review of the university's medical and education programmes in East Africa, which now has more than 500 students.
The team will also meet top government officials in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
AKU has established a permanent presence in the three countries and has plans to become a major partner with the governments in meeting development goals.
Aga Khan Urges 'Rediscovery' of Timbuktu and DjennePoverty alleviation and cultural revitalisation can be linked through focused investment - H.H. THE AGA KHAN IN MALI - 2003-10-10Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims today retraced the footsteps of scholars and merchants whose journeys across the Sahara once helped establish a major cultural and commercial crossroads in this medieval city. Walking through the sand-swept alleys of this ancient seat of learning to the 14th century Djingereiber Mosque, the Aga Khan, accompanied by Mali's Prime Minster Ahmed Mohamed Ag Hamani, spoke of the need for cultural revitalisation to be linked to focused investment in the social sector and carefully planned economic development.