The rapid developments in information and communication technology are of immense importance for those of us engaged in promoting positive economic, social, and cultural change. Like Jim Wolfensohn, I believe that they are also critical because development in all those dimensions is a prerequisite for world peace.
World Bank infoDev Conference] Washington, D.C
10th November 1999.
-- Aga Khan IV
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2014, March 27: Karachi, Pakistan - AKU to invest $500 million in Education City project - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Wednesday welcomed the keen interest and investment of $500 million by the Aga Khan University management in the Education City project to be established in Karachi in due course of time. He said the project would prove to be one of the best educational facilities in the country and would attract educational organisations of international standard to invest and benefit the students and educational fraternity in Pakistan. [More]
2014, March 10: PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — His Highness the Aga Khan will deliver a Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs at Brown University on Monday, March 10, 2014, at 5 p.m. His lecture will take place in Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium, and will be given as part of Brown's 250th anniversary celebration. . Founded in 1764, Brown was the first among Ivy League colleges to accept students from all religious affiliations. The lecture will also be presented live online.. [More] [Webcast Link] [TEXT OF SPEECH] [PHOTO HERE!] [VIDEO HERE!]
2014, February 27: Ottawa, Canada - Address by His Highness the Aga Khan, to be delivered in the Chamber of the House of Commons at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday February 27, 2014. H.H. The Aga Khan will then travel to Toronto to speak at Massey Hall on Friday. [More] [Itinerary] [Webcast link]
2014, February 21:Under the title " The Aga Khan: the singular appeal of a pluralist", Janice Gross Stein of the Globe and Mail writes: " This week, the Aga Khan will be in Ottawa to address a joint session of Parliament, a signal honour reserved for a handful of extraordinary people who have a special relationship with Canada... But what makes the Aga Khan special to Canada? Over the years, he has maintained relationships with a succession of prime ministers of different political stripes, including the current one, who granted him honorary citizenship in 2009 and will welcome him to the House of Commons on Thursday. He is widely respected for his humanitarianism, for his leadership in education and development and his commitment to architecture and beautiful spaces for quiet contemplation. The Canadian bond, though, springs from his dedication to pluralism, something so associated with this country that many Canadians now take it for granted – at their peril." [ More]
2014, February 7: Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that His Highness the Aga Khan will make an official visit to Canada later this month. During his
visit, the Aga Khan will meet with Prime Minister Harper, who has invited him to deliver an historic address to Parliament. [More]
2014, February 5: Foreign Minister Steinmeier met Prince Karim Aga Khan today (5 February). Their conversation focused on cooperation between the German Government and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to help stabilise fragile states. The AKDN is one of the world’s largest non governmental organisations. In part with support from the Federal Foreign Office, it conducts projects in the fields of healthcare, education and culture, primarily in Asia and East Africa.(Text and photo: Tweet by German Foreign Office) - H.H. The Aga Khan also led a delegation of senior AKDN executives to meet with leaders of Germany's KfW Development Bank and its DEG Development Corporation branch
2014, February 3: His Highness the Aga Khan to receive 2013 North-South Prize of The Council of Europe. The North-South Prize has been awarded every year since 1995 to two candidates who have stood out for their exceptional commitment to promoting North-South solidarity. The candidates, preferably a man and a woman, must have distinguished themselves in the following areas: protection of human rights, defense of pluralist democracy, public awareness raising on issues of global interdependence and solidarity, and strengthening the North-South partnership. The North-South Prize Jury met in Strasbourg in December to select the Prize winners and the Prize ceremony will take place in Lisbon in spring 2014.
2014, February 2: Damascus, (SANA) – The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) honored State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs Ali Haidar and Grand Mufti of the Republic Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun for their efforts in the national reconciliation process. The honoring ceremony took place on Sunday at the AKDN office in Damascus. State Minister Haidar said that this gesture honors values, behavior and course, not individuals, calling for bolstering the value of reconciliation and asserting that Syria’s salvation is at hand. Grand Mufti Hassoun underlined the role of the AKDN in instilling noble values, saying that this gesture honors the values inherent in the Syrian people. Hassoun said that the crisis in Syria is in its final phase, and that the Syrian official delegation which participated in Geneva 2 was a badge of honor for Syria and all Arabs. For his part, resident representative of the AKDN in Syria, Mohammad Seifo, stressed the need to shed light on the figures who are working tirelessly on the ground in order to bring the Syrians together and achieve national reconciliation. Similarly, AKDN executive director for cultural services in Syria, Ali Ismael, said that Haidar and Hassoun both share a mutual love for their country, hard work on the ground, and they both sacrifices sons for the sake of Syria.
2014, January 17: Mombasa, Kenya - The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa was honoured by a visit from Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa. They were welcomed by the acting Principal of the Senior School, Mr. Naheed Bardai. Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa were taken on a tour of the school grounds where they visited the Junior and Senior Schools, the residential areas and the sports facilities. They had the opportunity to visit a dual language class and a chemistry class, and to see the Senior School Students Choir perform. They also met with students and spoke with them about their experience at the Aga Khan Academy. [agakhanacademies.org]
2014, January 17 – Prince Rahim, the eldest son of the Aga Khan – the spiritual leader of Shia Ismaili Muslims – attended the opening of the new corporate head office of Diamond Trust Bank (DTB), one of the oldest financial entities of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. The premises were inaugurated by the governor of Kenya’s central bank, Professor Njuguna S. Ndung'u on Thursday, 16 January. The spacious new facility includes a new retail branch – the bank’s 99th branch in East Africa – a state of the art data centre, a 180-person auditorium, and training facilities. Prince Rahim was accompanied by his wife Princess Salwa. On Friday, in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa, Prince Rahim inaugurated the newly restored Jubilee Arcade. The building, which first housed the Jubilee Insurance company over 60 years ago, now includes a vibrant, modern arcade shopping and office complex situated in the heart of the city’s busy Moi Avenue. While in Mombasa, the couple also visited the Aga Khan Academy – the first in a global network of 18 schools that will, eventually span 14 countries on three continents. [akdn.org]
2014, January 15: Nairobi, Kenya - LX-PAK jet is on the tarmac at Nairobi Airport. Prince Rahim and his wife Princess Salwa are expected to attend the official opening ceremony of the new DTB Centre on Mombasa Road tomorrow and Friday another branch of DTB in Mombasa town where they may also visit the AK Academy. Prince Amyn and Princess Zahra are also in town for AKDN work. Prince Amyn will be attending the Serena Board meeting expected in Nairobi Saturday. During this visit, they are also expected in Mombasa and Arusha for more institutional work.
2013, December 21: Prince Karim Aga Khan Ismailis leader arrived to Kabul Saturday morning to discuss development projects funded by the Aga Development Network in Afghanistan. According to the presidential website, Karzai has thanked Aga Khan for the development projects he has funded in the last 12 years in Rehabilitation of historical places, Health and Education sectors. [News and Photos of H.H. The Aga Khan visit to Afghanistan here!]
2013, December 19: Karachi, Pakistan: H.H. the Aga Khan, outlined an ambitious global vision for the University’s expansion into liberal arts and announced the creation of seven new graduate schools across two continents that will work in areas of particular relevance to developing societies. Addressing the University’s 2013 convocation ceremony, which marked 30 years since the school was granted its charter in Pakistan, the Aga Khan praised the AKU’s record of success and excellence in the fields of healthcare and education as well as its geographic expansion to East Africa but he also stressed the growing importance of liberal arts in meeting the challenges of the future. [ [Speech of H.H. The Aga Khan] [Speech of President Firoz Rasul] [Other News and photos]
19 December 2013: The Aga Khan University has announced that Convocation 2013 will be Webcast live on December 19, 2013 at 10:30 am- Pakistan Standard Time - from AKU's Stadium Road Campus in Karachi. To commemorate several significant milestones of the University, the Chancellor, His Highness The Aga Khan, will preside over the Convocation.
2013, December 15: Islamabad, Pakistan - Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, reached Islamabad Sunday evening. He was received at the airport by Ambassador Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs." The Aga Khan is staying in Pakistan till 20th December. During his visit, H.H. will meet with the President of Pakistan, Prime Minister, senior government officials and leaders of the AKDN. He will also preside over the convocation of the Aga Khan University founded in 1985. [Itinerary and news here]
2013, December 9: Karachi, Pakistan - This year’s AKU Convocation in Karachi celebrates the 30th graduating class of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the 25th graduating class of the Medical College, and the 20th anniversary of the start of the Institute for Educational Development. In addition to the Convocation ceremony and the annual Awards Night ceremony, special events are being organized that include an alumni reunion. To mark these milestones AKU Chancellor is expected to preside at the 2013 Convocation in Karachi.
2013, November 27: Ottawa, Canada - The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) honoured His Highness the Aga Khan as the 2013 recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal—its highest honour. The selection of His Highness marks the first time in more than 30 years that a non-architect has been chosen to receive the Gold Medal. The ceremony was held at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat on Sussex Drive in Ottawa. (Photo AKDN)
2013, November 25: Toronto, Canada. The University of Toronto’s Trinity College held a special convocation this evening, to bestow upon Mawlana Hazar Imam the degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters, Honoris Causa. IThe Right Honorable Adrienne Clarkson, presented Hazar Imam before the Chancellor of Trinity College. [Video on Youtube]
2013, November 22: Karachi, Pakistan - Using biomedical and mobile technologies, researchers at Aga Khan University (AKU) will develop a simple, glove-like device that will allow people to check their blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol, and record an ECG without blood tests. The researchers hope that by monitoring these vitals, people will be able to reduce high blood pressure, prevent diabetes, and decrease high cholesterol levels that, in turn, can prevent chances of stroke by 80 per cent. This research project to prepare the device is part of the Grand Challenges Canada grants competition, which is funded by the government of Canada and supports bold ideas with big impact on global health.
2013, November 19: Washington, D.C. (USA) 9:30 a.m. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with His Highness The Aga Khan at the Department of State.
2013, November 18: BEIRUT: Since the beginning of the uprising in Syria in March 2011, the central city of Salamiya, home to the majority of the small Ismaili sect, has bucked the narrative of a Sunni-led revolt against President Bashar Assad, an Alawite. Now, the spiritual leader of the world’s Ismailis, multimillionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist the Imam Aga Khan, has issued a rare statement on the Syrian crisis, urging Ismailis to seek a peaceful solution to the crisis.
2013, November 4: Enigmatic Aga Khan turns to the Melbourne Cup with Verema [Sydney Morning Herald] - An extremely powerful if enigmatic man, HH Aga Khan has been one of racing's most dominant figures for more than half a century. If Verema fares well enough to prompt further Australian adventures, the sport will be the winner. [More]
2013, October 9: Prince Amyn Aga Khan opened the SweetWaters Serena in Kenya. [ Photos click here!]
2013, October 6: Paris, France. One of The Aga Khan's horse again won at the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. [Photos]
2013, October 5: NDTV publishes a New Interview of Mowlana Hazar Imam taken in Hyderabad few days back at the Aga Khan Academy. [ Video of the Interview here!]
2013, September 28 - India Didar - Testimonies and news in Forum section. [Click here!]
2013, September 20: Hyderabad, India - The Aga Khan Academy, one of the educational centres of excellence planned around the world by Aga Khan Development Network, was formally inaugurated here Friday. The not-for profit academy which has come up on 100 acres of land donated by Andhra Pradesh government near the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, was formally launched by Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in the presence of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and union Human Resource Development Minister M.M. Pallam Raju. [More here
2013, September 17-29: H.H. The Aga Khan arrived in New Delhi and will also be visiting Mumbay and Hyderabad, India for Government and Community work.During the visit, he will hold talks with Vice-President M Hamid Ansari and call on President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch, ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley are slated to call on him.The Aga Khan will preside over the inauguration ceremony to mark the completion of the restoration of Humayun's Tomb heritage site. [Detailled News, Photos and videos updated daily during this visit!]
2013, September 16: Dhaka, Bangladesh: H.H. The Aga Khan visit to Dhaka: The government has signed a protocol with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to expand cooperation with one of the world’s largest private development groups. The visiting Chairperson of the network Prince Karim Aga Khan, also the spiritual leader of the 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims, and Foreign Minister Dipu Moni singed the protocol at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the protocol would enable the Network to operate in Bangladesh with its 10 wings, nine of which are not-for-profit. [News, photos and Didar news- Updated!]
2013, September 6: Lisbon, Portugal, 06/09/2013 - As part of his visit to Portugal for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Aga Khan also held several meetings with a number of senior Portuguese officials. Together with His Eminence Manuel Clemente, the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, the Aga Khan presided over the signing ceremony of a renewed Memorandum of Understanding between the Catholic University of Portugal and the Aga Khan University. His Excellency President Anibal Cavaco Silva of Portugal hosted a lunch in honour of the Aga Khan at the Presidential Palace, before presenting the 2013 Aga Khan Awards for Architecture in the beautiful setting of Lisbon’s São Jorge Castle. [Photos with President of Portugal] [Photos with Prime Minister] [ Speech at the AKAA 2013]
2013, September 6: His Excellency Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic, and His Highness the Aga Khan today presented the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture at the Castle of São Jorge in Lisbon. [More]
2013, September 4: H.H. The Aga Khan and Prince Amyn have arrived in Lisbon for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture ceremonies. The Ceremony will be live webcast on akdn.org around 19:30 GMT on 6 September.[News and Photos]
2013, August 31: Prince Rahim Aga Khan wedding to Ms. Kendra [Salwa] Spears in Geneva, Switzerland at Chateau de Bellerive.[More]
2013, August 23: Two Aga Khan Foundation staff abducted on 20 August in Bamyan , Afghanistan by unidentified gunmen have been released.
2013, August 13: KARACHI, Pakistan: Hand grenade attacks at two Ismaili community Jamat Khanas (Prayer Houses)this Tuesday. The affected Jamatkhanas are Karimabad and Metroville in Karachi [More]
2013, August 6: [Fred Ojambo - Blomberg] The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development SA said it has joined with Blackstone Group LP (BX) to bid for construction of a 147-megawatt hydro power plant to be shared by Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Industrial Promotion Services Kenya Ltd., an affiliate of the Aga Khan Fund, and Blackstone through its Sithe Global Power LLP unit are in talks with the three governments, Kevin Kariuki, head of infrastructure at IPS, said yesterday near Jinja, 50 miles east of the Ugandan capital, Kampala. The $600 million project is planned to be situated on the Ruzizi River at the intersection of the borders of the three countries. Sithe and IPS jointly own Uganda’s $900 million, 250-megawatt Bujagali hydropower plant, which reached full capacity last year. [Full news and updates]
2013, August 5 - Nairobi, Kenya. Medical Breakthrough: Pioneering Operation To Treat High Blood Pressure - Coastweek (Mombasa) -- Heart specialists at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi have performed first key-hole operation to treat hypertension in the region.The new operation which may have the potential to cure hypertension, or high blood pressure, was introduced by doctors at the Heart and Cancer Centre (HCC) of the Aga Khan University Hospital. [More
2013, July 19: OPIC Provides Financing for Expansion of Aga Khan University: KARACHI, Pakistan -- The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, today signed a Loan Agreement with the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College Foundation for the expansion of the Aga Khan University Hospital. The agreement was signed by OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield and President and CEO Firoz Rasul of the Aga Khan University, on behalf of the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College Foundation, at the Aga Khan University Hospital. The agreement is for USD $30 million of OPIC financing to be invested alongside $7.5 million from the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. for the expansion of medical health care facilities in Karachi, Pakistan. This investment will fund the construction of a new ambulatory care building, neonatal, medical and pediatric intensive care units, a center for innovation in medical education, a child-care center, a new private wing, and additional critical care beds. The project will also help increase access to high-quality healthcare by some of Pakistan’s poorest citizens, while improving the country’s capacity for developing needed training for health and research jobs through its contribution to the Aga Khan University’s Medical College and School of Nursing and Midwifery.[fortmilltimes]
2013, July 2: H.H. The Aga Khan arrived in Ottawa Monday 1st July around noon. His Highness attended the conclusion of the AKU Board of Trustees meeting in Ottawa at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building on Sussex Drive.He left from Ottawa to Washington this Tuesday 2nd July at 5pm.
2013, June 14: - Aga Khan's grand $3M restoration of opulent 'live horse museum' - From Francesca Cumani and Sheena McKenzie, CNN. "It will be one of the few museums in the world totally dedicated to the horse, in all aspects of life," His Highness Prince Karim told CNN of his grand project. Five years ago Islamic spiritual leader Aga Khan invested in building makeover - This weekend the revamped $3.3 million horse museum will open to public[More] [Video]
2013, May 25: H.H. The Aga Khan left Ottawa this afternoon. He may return to Ottawa end of June.
2013, May 22: Ottawa. Canada - H.H. The Aga Khan arrived in Ottawa this evening and will host tomorrow the Pluralism lecture of this year by Kofi Annan.
2013, may 23: OTTAWA: /CNW/ - Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize winner will deliver the Global Centre for Pluralism's Annual Lecture in Ottawa, ON, on Thursday, May 23, 2013. The title of this year's lecture is "Pluralism: Key Challenge of the 21st Century?" Mr. Annan is a member of the Global Centre for Pluralism's Board of Directors, a body of eminent Canadian and international figures, chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan. [More
2013, May 15: Hangzhou, China - H.H. The aga Khan delivered the keynote address today at the Hangzhou International Congress "Culture: Key to Sustainable Development" organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the People’s Republic of China and the Hangzhou Municipal Government. The Congress provided the very first global forum to discuss the role of culture in sustainable development, with participation of the global community and major international stakeholders representing 82 countries. [Speech and news]
2013, April 3: Princess Zahra Aga Khan attends the 'Cravaches D'Or' Awards 2013 At Theatre des Champs Elysees In Paris, France. [Photo1]
2013, April 26: H.H. the Aga Khan announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince Rahim, to Ms Kendra Spears of Seattle, Washington, USA.. [More]
2013, April 16 : H.H. The Aga Khan arrived for a 3 days visit in Canada. He attended the first meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan Museum. His brother Prince Amyn meanwhile did a visit of the construction site.
2013, April 12: Sixth bridge linking Tajikistan and Afghanistan due in May - The Ministry of Transport on Friday announced about completion of construction of the bridge across the Pyanzh river, which will link the country with Afghanistan. The bridge will connect Nihol village, Shurobod district (250 km to the south-east of Dushanbe) and Hohon village in Afghanistan. The length of the bridge is 182 meters. Bridge construction cost $3.57 million. It carrying capacity will be 30 tons. Construction of the bridge started in late October 2011. The project was implemented by Aga Khan Foundation with financial support of the German Government. Article from Asia Net]
2013, February 24: According to the Times of India, this March 2013, a three-day event in Jodhpur will see international names like Prince Hussain Aga Khan in attendance. The event titled A Beautiful Mind is planned from March 8-10 and will have more than 200 guests from around the world. Among others, Sting is going to perform on the last day, and it's the singer who has invited Jemima and Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker as his personal guests. [More]
2013, February 16: Announcement was made in British Columbia, Canada that H.H. The Aga Khan has approved the building of a new purpose-built Jamat Khana in Vancouver - in Richmond.
2013, February 1: OTTAWA, ONTARIO, - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented the Governor General's Medals in Architecture during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat designed by Architect Maki was amongst the projects that received the Award. The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat: Architecture of Peace and Plurality - Maki and Associates, Moriyama & Teshima Architects. The Governor General's Medals in Architecture recognize outstanding achievement in recently built projects by Canadian architects. This program, created by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), contributes to the development of the discipline and practice of architecture, and increases public awareness of architecture as a vital cultural force in Canadian society. These awards are administered jointly by Architecture Canada - RAIC and the Canada Council for the Arts, which is responsible for the adjudication process and contributes to the publication highlighting the medal winners. The winners were announced by the RAIC and the Canada Council for the Arts in May 2012.
2013, January 22: Paris, France: H.H. The Aga Khan met Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete at the legendary Meurice hotel. [ More]
Vanity Fair - February 2013 features an article and interview of H.H. The Aga Khan: The Aga Khan’s Earthly Kingdom - Multi-billionaire prince, spiritual leader of 15 million Ismaili Muslims, and one-man state, the fourth Aga Khan defies all boundaries. Photographs by Jonathan Becker. [Vanity Fair] [Forum]
2013, January 10: Hyderabad, India - A memorandum of understanding on this was signed Wednesday among Department of Archaeology and Museums, Quli Qutb Shah Urban Development Authority and Aga Khan Trust in the presence of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy. Reddy said conservation and renovation of the tombs would help protect cultural tradition of the historic city of Hyderabad. The Quli Qutb Shah Archaeological Park, comprising of the Qutb Shahi Tombs Complex and Deccan Park, is one of the most significant medieval necropolises with 70 structures. They include 40 mausoleums, 23 mosques, five step-wells/water structures, a `hamam`, pavilions, garden structures and enclosure walls built during the reign of Qutb Shahi dynasty that ruled the Hyderabad region for 170 years during 16th and 17th centuries. [more]
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