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President Mamnoon lauds Aga Khan’s development initiatives

His Highness the Aga Khan with President Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistan at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the official residence of the President

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said the constant efforts of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) through its multiple projects in the country were making a visible difference in the lives of the people and Pakistan’s infrastructural development.

The president expressed these views while talking to Aga Khan Council for Pakistan President Hafiz Sherali, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr to handover a letter from Prince Karim Aga Khan in response to the president’s letter of felicitation on the diamond jubilee of the Aga Khan’s Imamat.

Speech by H.H. The Aga Khan at the Foundation stone-laying ceremony of the residential campus, Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa

His Highness the Aga Khan speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the new campus of the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa.

The Honourable Professor George Saitoti,
Honourable Ministers,
Honourable Member of Parliament,
The Provincial Commissioner,
Your Worship the Mayor,
Distinguished Guests:

I am most grateful to all of you for joining in this celebration. It was just one month ago that my Golden Jubilee observances began. It seemed appropriate to mark this Jubilee year by visiting some of the places which have been most important to the story of the past half century.

“It’s our view that the Aga Khan is the greatest trophy in our sport.

The Aga Khan III in 1936

An all-female team has won the Nations Cup Jumping for the first time in its 91-year history.

Piled on pressure

It was Team USA who took the title in the final leg of the FEI Nations Cup Jumping Europe Division 1 League in Dublin, finishing on a zero score.

The Netherlands and France threw down a challenge in the closing stages of the competition, which piled the pressure on American anchor Laura Kraut. However, the double-Olympian was more than up to the task and posted the second US double clear of the competition riding Confu, to secure victory.

Uunbelievable job

Article by Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer's Disease International on her mother Rita Hayworth


We Didn't Know Then
What We Know Now"

By Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer's Disease International, honorary vice chairman of the national board of the Alzheimer's Association and general chair of the Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Galas

My mother, Rita Hayworth, was the most beautiful and glamorous movie star of the 1940s and 1950s. She spent much of her life memorizing complicated dance routines and movie scripts. How ironic that she would later be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Tanzania: AKF Seeks to Develop Sunflower Markets

The Citizen - allafrica.com

Dar es Salaam — The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has launched a 2-year initiative called 'Sustainable and Inclusive Sunflower Market Development Project' or 'Alizeti Maendeleo in Lindi and Mtwara regions.
The initiative is the result of a partnership with the Agricultural Markets Development Trust (AMDT), which is a collaboration with the governments of Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland, and local government authorities.

Princess Zahra Aga Khan Interview "Save the Sea of Sardinia"

Princess Zahra Aga Lkan  2017-08-07


Princess Zahra Aga Khan: "Save the Sea of Sardinia"
The daughter of the founder of Costa Smeralda: "Let's make it a park"

Zahra Aga Khan was born in Geneva in 1970. She studied at Harvard and now heads the Social Development Department of the Aga Khan Development Network

Posted on 07/08/2017

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Sent to porto cervo (olbia)

Speech by His Highness The Aga Khan at the First Anniversary of the Mindanao University

His Highness the Aga Khan speaking at the First Anniversary Celebration of Mindanao State University 1963-11-24

President Isidro, Senator Alonto,
Members of the Faculty,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me begin by saying how very honoured and happy I am to be with you on this great occasion. I appreciated enormously your kind words and wonderful receptions and hope that when I leave you this afternoon you will be sure that you have one more sincere friend and admirer of the University of Mindanao.

Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Arts in Phillipines

Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Arts in Marawi, Phillipines

The University Museum was opened on June 13, 1962 as  a one-room affair by Dr. Mamitua Saber. Known today as the Aga Khan Museum, it has the biggest Philippine Muslim collection in the country.

It is named after His Royal Highness, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, whose donation made the construction of the building possible. The Museum was inaugurated on March 23, 1969.
Aga Khan Museum aims to collect and preserve folk art specimens and artifacts of the thirteen Muslim groups and other indigenous minorities of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan regions;

Netherlands’ FMO Lending $5m to First MicroFinance Bank-Afghanistan to alleviate poverty in Afghanistan


The Netherlands Development Finance Company, a government-backed institution also known by its Dutch acronym FMO, recently announced it will loan the local-currency equivalent of USD 5 million to The First MicroFinance Bank-Afghanistan (FMFB-A), which is owned by the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM), a unit of Switzerland-based Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) that provides microfinance services across ten different countries [1, 6]. Established in 2004, FMFB-A seeks to alleviate poverty and promote economic development “through the provision of sustainable financial services to t

Speech by H.H. The Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the revitalised Forodhani Park

Hazar Imam with Her Excellency Madame Shadya Karume - First Lady of Zanzibar  2009-07-30


His Excellency President Karume and Mrs. Karume
Honourable Deputy Chief Minister of Zanzibar
Honourable Chief Justice
Honourable Minister Mansour Himid, and I thank you for your very kind words
Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a distinct pleasure for me to be part of this great occasion - in this very special setting.

Deccan Park turns an instant hit among locals - MoU signed between Aga Khan Foundation of India

Forgotten facilities: Many facilities in Deccan Park are not functioning due to years of disuse in Hyderabad.   | Photo Credit:

Connecting park with Qutb Shahi tombs proposed

Days after its inauguration, the Deccan Park is a roaring hit among the locals with hundreds of people thronging the 32-acre park. On Sunday, about 6,000 people visited the park which is a non-ticketed facility as of now.

Aga Khan III's Rolls-Royce - Collector Classics: History of Rolls-Royce gathered under one roof

The Aga Khan Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah's Phantom IV

The Aga Khan’s Phantom IV that is part of the exhibit was ordered by the leader of the Nizari Ismaili Muslim community. He was among 18 heads of state to commission a Rolls-Royce Phantom IV. The Sedanca de Ville-styled luxury car that took two years to build features a sumptuous red Connolly leather interior, an adjustable mirror, concealed silver brush, comb and compact – all engraved with the Aga Khan’s royal crest, which was also to be seen on the doors – as well as a built-in dictaphone and a picnic set.

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Aga Khan in deal with Harvard to train executives


Ivy League university Harvard has partnered with Aga Khan University to offer a series of courses for senior executives.

The courses aimed at sharpening the leadership and communication skills of the managers will be offered at the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC). The programme targets senior leaders in business, government, civil society and media.

His Highness the Aga Khan honoured in Portugal with the Gra-cruz da ordem de Liberdade

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of Portugal presented the Aga Khan with the Gra-cruz da ordem de Liberdade  2017-07-20

20 July 2017

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa today presented the Aga Khan with the Gra-cruz da ordem de Liberdade in recognition of his service to uplifting lives around the world. Earlier in the day, the Aga Khan received an Honorary Doctorate from the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa bestowed the Aga Khan with this honour during a ceremony held at Lisbon’s Belem Palace.

PC hands over Habib Bank to Aga Khan Fund

Prime Karm Aga Khan IV with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz  2006-01-01

ISLAMABAD, Feb 26: Pakistan on Thursday handed over its second largest bank - Habib Bank Limited (HBL) - to Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) against a two-phased Rs22.409 billion highest bid for 51 per cent shares along with management control received in December last year.

Secretary Privatization Ahmed Waqar and Sultan Allana signed the transfer of management agreement on behalf of the Privatization Commission and AKFED respectively. Finance Minister, Shaukat Aziz and Privatization Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh witnessed the signing ceremony.

Original grandeur returning to Quli Qutb Shah’s tomb by AKTC

Grand spectacle: Work going on at brisk pace on the parapet wall of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah’s tomb inside the Qutb Shahi tombs

Work on restoration of original parapet wall in progress under aegis of Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Visible for miles around, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah’s tomb is one the grandest monuments in the tombs complex at the foothill of Golconda. Built during his lifetime in the early part of seventeenth century, the tomb being restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, now radiates grandeur in its off-white colour amidst the dark and dappled grey monuments in the area.

Acceptance Speech by His Highness The Aga Khan for the Honorary Doctorate from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

His Highness the Aga Khan delivers his acceptance remarks upon receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa


Your Excellency President Professor Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
Your Excellency Vice-President of the Parliament Jorge Lacão   
Honorable Rector of the NOVA University, Professor António Rendas
President of the NOVA University’s General Council, Professor Arantes e Oliveira 
Patron of the Doctorate, Francisco Pinto Balsemão
Members of the Diplomatic Corps 
Distinguished Guests

Aga Khan receives presidential honour in recognition of his service to humanity

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa presents His Highness the Aga Khan with one of Portugal’s highest honours

Lisbon, Portugal, 20 July 2017 - His Highness the Aga Khan today received one of Portugal’s highest honours – the Gra-cruz da ordem de Liberdade, or Grand Cross of the Order of Liberty – in recognition of his service to uplifting lives around the world. Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa bestowed the Aga Khan with this honour during a ceremony held at Lisbon’s Belem Palace.

Aga Khan receives honoris causa PhD from New University of Lisbon

Hazar Imam arrives in Portugal to receive the doctorate honoris causa from the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa   2017-07-20

The leader of the Ismaili community, Prince Aga Khan, is to receive the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the New University of Lisbon today, with the Portuguese president and the former prime minister Pinto Balsemão in attendance.
The distinction will be bestowed by New University António Rendas as part of the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee of his 60 years as a hereditary imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community.

The Paigah Tombs: The lime and mortar wonders revived byThe Aga Khan Foundation

The Paigah Tombs are an interesting place to revisit history of Hyderabad  

The Paigah Tombs are just 4 km southeast of Charminar and yet, it is hard to find them, lost as they are in a maze of alleys. Blink and you could miss the entrance, hidden behind a tree in a quiet street, not far from Owaisi Hospital. The lime and mortar tombs are 200 years old and house the final resting place of several members of the Paigah family, who distinguished themselves in every field, while being loyal to the Nizams. Rahmatullah, the caretaker, is all praise for the Archaeology Department that took up the protection of this place in 1989.

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