As part of the University Seminar Series, AKFC is pleased to present:
Can Democracy be Built from the Bottom up?
Join us on Wednesday, March 16th at 5:30 p.m. for a special screening of Change in the Making: A Journey in Afghanistan, a film by Canadian journalist Richard Phinney about his experience travelling in the remote mountainous province of Badakhshan where he meets Afghans whose lives have been transformed, thanks to the work of the Aga Khan Foundation in partnership with Canada.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Sujeet Sarkar, Senior Regional Advisor, Governance and Civil Society, with Aga Khan Foundation. Mr. Sarkar will speak to the question, "Can democracy be built from the bottom up?", as a starting point for looking at what it takes to stimulate governance, democracy, and civil society at the grass-roots level.
The Aga Khan and his family.
By Edwin Nuwagaba (email the author)
Posted Sunday, March 13 2011 at 00:00
When one talks about philanthropy, our minds might run straight to Hollywood celebrities, but the spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims has a special niche in that category, writes Edwin Nuwagaba.
The Aga Khan was born Prince Karim in 1936 in Geneva and declared healthy despite being premature. He is the son of Prince Aly Khan and his wife Princess Tajudaulah (Joan Yarde-Buller), daughter of Lord Churston. After spending his early childhood in Nairobi Kenya, where his early education was done by private tutoring, he attended Le Rosey School in Switzerland and graduated from Harvard University with an honours degree in Islamic history in 1959. Aga Khan IV succeeded his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, to the Imamat on July 11, 1957 at the age of 20.
He is the 49th Imam of the Shia Imami Nizari Ismailis, the largest branch of the Ismaili followers of the Shia faith and is the alleged direct descendant of the Islamic prophet Mohammad through his cousin and son-in-law, Ali, the first Imam, and his wife Fatimah, Mohammad’s daughter.
The Aga Khan, (third right) has not only shown clear headed and focused leadership to his followers, but has stretched out a generous hand to people outside his religion. As soon as he was crowned imam, he founded the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), whose work is mostly in Asia and Africa. The network is a group of development agencies whose interest lies in the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development and disaster reduction.
AKDN conducts its programmes without regard to faith, origin or gender and is said to be one of the world’s largest private development agencies. But the Aga Khan has expressed concern about the work of the AKDN being described as philanthropy.
“Reflecting a certain historical tendency of the West to separate the secular from the religious, they often describe the work of the AKDN either as philanthropy or entrepreneurship. What is not understood is that this work is for us part of our institutional responsibility it flows from the mandate of the office of Imam to improve the quality of worldly life for the concerned communities.”
However, this has not stopped him from giving and reaching out to the poorest of communities. But to be able to sustain abilities to give, he conducts his philanthropic work with a business mind.
The Aga Khan married his first wife, the famous model Sarah “Sally” Frances Croker-Poole, who assumed the name HH Begum Salima Aga Khan, on October 22, 1969 (civil) and October 28, 1969 (religious) at his home in Paris. The couple were married for 25 years and have three children: Princess Zahra, born September 18, 1970, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, born October 12, 1971 and Prince Hussain Aga Khan, born April 10, 1974. They divorced in 1995.
The Aga Khan married his second wife, Gabriele Thyssen, (fourth right)who assumed the name Begum Inaara Aga Khan. “Inaara” is derived from Arabic nur, meaning light. They have a son, Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan, born 7 March 2000 and a stepdaughter, Princess Theresa of Leiningen.
While he is a Muslim leader, this suave man passes for a moderate one and for that he has been criticised by extreme Muslims. Instead of traditional robes, he often wears suits, a trait that was influenced by his long stay and studying in the western world. But that, in the first place, is the reason his grandfather chose him as leader. In his own words, the old man said that having seen the changes that were taking place in the world and the numerous discoveries most notably of atomic science, it was in the interest of the Ismaili community for him to be succeeded by a man who had grown up and developed in the new age. In fact, his grandfather skipped the Aga Khan’s father, who was in direct line of succession. It is because of this that the Aga Khan has sometimes been referred to as Imam of the Atomic Age by Ismailis.
He has individually contributed donations to human causes more than any individual and most countries. And he is known by economists to take big risks. While other venture capitalists tend to shy away from third world countries, he has invested largely in countries like Uganda, recently investing in hydro electric production at Bujagali Falls.
His other investments in Uganda include Industrial Promotion Services, Kampala Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd, Leather Industries of Uganda Ltd, Uganda Fishnet Manufacturers Ltd, West Nile rural Electrification Co., Diamond Jubilee Investment Trust, Diamond Trust Bank, The Jubilee Insurance Company, The Monitor Publications Ltd, Aga Han Hospital Kampala, Aga Khan schools, and Tourism Promotion Services (Uganda) Ltd (Serena hotels and resorts) among others. Yes, all this may sound like straight business, but the Aga Khan does it differently from popular tycoons. He makes money, but it is not his topmost priority.
What motivates him is embedded in his famous 1983 quote in India: There are those who enter the world in such poverty that they are deprived of both means and the motivation to improve their circumstances. Unless they can be touched with the spark which ignites the spirit of individual enterprise and determination, they will only sink into apathy, degradation and despair. It is for us, who are more fortunate, to provide that spark.” Spoken like a true leader.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION FRONTIERS
March 14-15, 2011
MaRS Discovery District
101 College Street, Toronto, Ontario
Register Here: http://ccafrica.ca
Innovation and entrepreneurship are the keys to economic development in Africa, and as growth accelerates on the continent there are fresh opportunities for Canadian companies.
Hosted by the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, the “Africa Rising” conference brings together leaders from the worlds of business, science and government to explore several aspects of entrepreneurship in Africa: business development, growth sectors, financing, commercializing research, new development models, information and communications technologies, and innovation in governance.
The discussion will reflect on practical experience, real success and future prospects for growth and opportunity in Africa, and promises to stimulate thought and action with a view to promoting more Canadian trade and investment in Africa’s dynamic economies.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
MaRS Discovery District
International Development Research Centre
Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Government of Ontario
May 23, 2011
Walk aims to reduce global poverty
World Partnership Walk raised $60M since 1985
By JESSICA ROLLI, 24 HOURS
Thousands of Vancouverites will gather for the World Partnership Walk at Stanley Park May 29 to raise both funds and global awareness.
The event includes a five-kilomtre walk, live entertainment, kids activities, food and a “Global Village” showcasing how past donations are helping alleviate poverty in the world’s poorest regions through the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.
“Half of the world is living on under $2 a day, and we living out here cannot even fathom what that would be like,” Shellina Lakhdhir, AKFC regional campaign manager, told 24 hours. But as Canadians we are globally and socially responsible people.”
To date, 10 Canadian cities have raised more than $60 million in total since 1985. The Vancouver walk aims to raise $2.2 million this year through the participation of more than 8,000 walkers and 500 volunteers.
“With such a large event, of course it takes a lot of planning and organizing. But for us volunteers it’s worth it,” said Amyn Jaffer, a volunteer logistics coordinator for the past three years.
“On a personal level I always root for the underdog, and with all of the other volunteers involved it looks like I’m not alone,” he said. “AKFC goes to a lot of areas that other organizations shy away from. While there, instead of just handing out money, they help by setting up programs and educating people.”
“Everyone loves being involved because 100 per cent of donations and work goes towards AKFC projects, that’s the biggest draw.”
With corporate sponsors matching donations from two to ten-fold, on some projects, noted Jaffer, “Your $20 donation could become $200.”
What: World Partnership Walk, includes a five-km walk, live entertainment, educational activities and food.
Where: Lumbermen’s Arch at Stanley Park
When: Sunday, May 29, 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Why: To raise money for the Aga Khan Foundation Canada and spread global awareness.
On May 4, Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) hosted Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, to discuss diplomacy and governance in the 21st century.
Dr. Slaughter’s thesis rests on the premise that not only should we have a new world order, but that we already do. In her remarks, Dr. Slaughter asked the audience to completely rethink how we view the political world – no longer only a collection of nation-states that communicate through presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers – but conversations that also take place at the government-people level, and the people-people level.
These new conversations, she said, are empowering to both government and society. To emphasise this argument, Dr. Slaughter focused on both the importance of development, and the role of social media in facilitating conversation.
Development, she emphasized, must be a driving force in diplomatic relations. “Whether you think about it conceptually as governments and societies, or you think about it from the perspective of specific problems, development has to become an equal pillar of our foreign policy, of our international relations,” she cautioned.
Building on this argument, moderator Arif Lalani, Director General, Policy Planning Bureau at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), focused his questions on the role of social media in redefining diplomacy, particularly in light of the recent upheaval in the Arab world. “Is it really about technology,” he asked, “or is it about a culture change?”
Dr. Slaughter noted that she is a self-proclaimed “Twitter addict,” but to refer to “digital diplomacy” is to miss the point. “Technology has enabled a far more profound social engagement,” she explained. “[The] sense of possibility is deeply empowering. People can be reporters, they can organize, they can take charge and try to solve problems in their communities, in their nations. So, it is a marker, but only a marker – we need to think of it as a tool of empowerment.”
It was on this notion of empowerment that Dr. Slaughter ended her remarks, directing her remarks to the youth of today. “The new generation starts from connection; separation is the odd thing. These young people assume that the starting point is densely interconnected webs, and they think in those terms, which give them a different sense of possibility. This new generation sees [the world] collaboratively – what can we do, instead of what can I do, and I think that is the difference.”
Click on the links below to view video highlights:
Address by Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter
World Partnership Walk garners more than $2 million for world’s poor
Families, corporate teams among those who take stroll through Stanley Park to fight poverty in developing nations
By DENISE RYAN, Vancouver Sun May 29, 2011 8:31 PM Comments (1)
The World Partnership Walk, held under sunny skies in Stanley Park on Sunday, raised more than $2 million to help fight poverty in developing countries, organizers said.
The walk benefits global development projects supported by the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.
What began in Vancouver in 1980 as a fundraiser and celebration of giving for Vancouver’s Ismaili community has become a national event with walks in Toronto and Victoria on the same day, and walks in other Canadian cities later this month.
“What makes the walk unique,” said representative Karim Salemohammed, “is that it is underwritten by the Aga Khan foundation, and 100 per cent of all funds raised goes to projects around the world.”
Walkers, including families and corporate teams, took advantage of the sunny day to walk five kilometres through Stanley Park before joining festivities that included bhangra and other musical performances at Lumbermen’s Arch.
They also had a chance to taste some Ismaili specialties, including sugar cane juice, fresh-cut young coconut, tamarind seeds and traditional barbecue.
The Aga Kahn Foundation Canada is a non-denominational registered charity dedicated to finding solutions to global poverty through grassroots projects focusing on education, sanitation, clean water and rural economic ventures in some of the world’s poorest countries.
“The walk is really all Canadians saying we care about the world. We can do something locally and make a difference globally,” said Salemohammed.
Jameel Dawood, a volunteer at the walk’s global village tent, said what he finds most exciting about working with AKF Canada is the partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency, which meets every dollar raised with a corresponding amount of $8 or $9.
“Just $10 can educate a child in a developing country for a year,” he said.
“Most projects we support start at a grassroots level and use a sandwich approach, bringing research and development and best practices to communities at a grassroots level.”
Funds raised through the annual walk and other Aga Khan Foundation events and partnerships go to communities in countries such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Mozambique and Kenya.
Since 1980, the event has raised more than $60 million.
Tournament raises $400,000 in the battle against world hunger
By Nick Lees, Edmonton Journal
The cry of F-O-U-R was heard at Red Tail Landing Golf Course this week. But it wasn't a golf warning.
It was for the $400,000 Edmontonians had raised when they took a swing against the 25,000 people who die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes.
"Global poverty is one of the most pressing issues of our time," emcee and stockbroker Angus Watt said at the post-game dinner.
One person dies every three-anda-half seconds because of hunger caused by poverty, reports the UN.
"We are ecstatic about the success of our World Partnership Golf Tournament this year," said convener Ali Sachedina. "Our funds will support 44 different projects in primarily Africa and Asia."
For the past five years, Sachedina has spearheaded the World Partnership in Golf games that began in Edmonton 13 years ago.
"Tournaments are now played in eight cities across Canada," he said. "The idea is to introduce more people every year to the work of the Aga Khan Foundation."
Old and new friends
Being introduced more fully to the work of the foundation this week were many tournament newbies, including former Canadian deputy prime minister and guest speaker Anne McLellan; Tony Franceschini, former president and CEO of Stantec; and Don Lowry, Epcor president and CEO.
Returning supporters included Alberta Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky and industrial and commercial realtor Sine Chadi.
Eric Newell, former University of Alberta chancellor and retired chairman and CEO of Syncrude Canada, returned with his wife Kathy for the second year.
But while a keen golfer, he didn't bring his clubs. "I fell over a few weeks ago and broke my wrist," said Newell, whose left wrist is in a splint "We wanted to support the event."
Work to address root causes
The Aga Khan is the spiritual leader of the Ismailis. The Aga Khan Foundation is a non-profit international agency that supports social development programs.
"We work to address the root causes of poverty," Sachedina said. Some 82 per cent of the golfers were from outside the Ismaili community and they helped raise some $100,000. Funds for projects will be on average quadrupled by grants from the Canadian International Development Agency.
The admiral washes ashore
A Cockney who must be one of the heads of state of world cab drivers chauffeured me Thursday in the Capital Ex parade.
"My grandfather drove one of the old-fashioned horse-drawn hackney carriages," said Ian S. Lee, born within the sound of the Bow Bells.
As admiral of the Sourdough Raft Race, I waved to the crowds from our Mills Nissan 370Z convertible as Lee told me his cab pedigree.
"My father drove a London cab for more than 50 years and my brother has now driven one for 50 years," he said.
"I broke the cycle, became a goldsmith and came to Canada in 1980. But the economy wasn't doing well at the end of the '80s and I slipped back in that black hole.
"I became a cab driver again and drove a Yellow Cab for 15 years before becoming fleet manager of the Yellow Cab family."
United Cycle's Paul Harms is supporting triathlete Nancy Taubner's bid to take running shoes to needy Filipino kids. "It's better than the shoes ending up in a landfill," he said. "We have a collection box."
AKF participates in Toronto International Microfinance Summit
TORONTO, July 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Toronto International Microfinance Summit announced today that Philip Smith, successful American entrepreneur and co-author of A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and the Business Solution for Ending Poverty will speak at its Friday Gala and set the tone for the 2-day Toronto event. In its third year, the Summit brings together microfinance practitioners, business, international development agencies, NGOs and students to learn, interact and get involved. This year's theme - From Microcredit to Financial Inclusion: Making a Difference in our World - is the focus of the signature events:
Gala - September 16 (Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street) to raise funds for international and domestic microfinance projects and a scholarship. Reception: 6:00 pm, Dinner & Program: 7:30 pm. Silent & live auctions, entertainment.
Conference -September 17 (Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place,105 Princes' Blvd.) features experts who address the effectiveness of microfinance as a poverty alleviation tool and provide frontline insights from around the world. A NEW MicroMarketplace will showcase products of micro-entrepreneurs. Registration: 7:30 -9:00 am, Program & Lunch: 9:00 am-5:00 pm.
"Microfinance is an effective way to deal with poverty," says Dr. Carol Golench, President of Toronto International Microfinance Summit. "When you consider that, worldwide, in 2009 over 92 million borrowers from nearly 2,000 microfinance institutions had an average loan balance of $527USD, you realize microfinance is addressing poverty in a significant way and transforming people's lives."
"Microcredit enables people to become givers, not takers," adds Philip Smith. "Microcredit should not be seen as charity but rather as the opportunity poor people need to build a decent life. Through microcredit, donors can shed the old hand-out mentality and become true partners in progress with the people of the developing world."
Over 30 event speakers include: Bob Annibale - Citi, Joyce Lehman - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Michael Bowles - Aga Khan Foundation, Kadita (A.T.) Tshibaka - Opportunity International USA, Stéphanie Émond - FINCA Canada, Dr. Tanjina Mirza, PLAN Canada, Jeff Rayman - UEnd: Poverty Foundation, Deborah Lindholm - Foundation for Women and Gordon Crann - Rotarian Action Group for Microcredit.
Once again, The MasterCard Foundation is providing financial assistance for the first 100 students to register for the conference.
Book Launch Invitation: "Cotton, Computers and Citizenship" by John Saxby
Aga Khan Foundation Canada, in partnership with the Committee of Entities in the Struggle Against Hunger and for a Full Life (COEP) is pleased to host the Canadian launch of Cotton,Computers and Citizenship: A story of economic and social change among rural communities in Northeastern Brazil.
Authored by John Saxby, the publication provides an insightful account into the work of COEP, a social mobilization network made up of nearly 1,100 organizations from varying levels of Brazilian society, including the government, private sector and civil society organizations. Cotton, Computers and Citizenship documents the work of COEP in food security, rural livelihoods, and community development in the semi-arid northeast of Brazil.
Accompanying Mr. Saxby will be COEP's President and Executive Secretary, André Spitz and Gleyse Peiter. The speakers will present the work, challenges and successes of this unique entity, including its efforts to expand and ensure its sustainability. Copies of the book will also be available for sale.
We hope you will join us:
Thursday, September 22, 2011
5:30pm - 7:30pm
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa
Please feel free to forward this invitation to any colleagues who may be interested in this event.
Kindly RSVP to Nilufar Mohamed by calling 613-237-2532 ext. 131, or e-mail email@example.com with "COEP Book Launch" in the subject line by Friday, September 16.
Brooks: Golf tournament helps raise funds for developing world
Zahir Karim, left, and Khalil Shariff, CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada
Photograph by: Bill Brooks, Calgary Herald
It has been in existence for more than 25 years and yet for many, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada is not widely known. The foundation supports sustainable improvements in the quality of life of poor, marginalized communities in Asia and Africa, and fosters dialogue on critical global issues to enhance Canada’s unique leadership in world affairs.
One of the initiatives the foundation uses to raise funds and awareness is World Partnership Golf which was launched in 2000. The tournament takes place in eight cities across Canada and the Calgary event, held at Priddis Greens, was a resounding success.
Sponsors, players and VIPs gathered at Hotel Arts the evening before the tournament for a casual, yet informative reception, which featured an address from foundation CEO Khalil Shariff.
Aga Khan International Development Fellowship
International Development Fellowships
The Aga Khan Foundation is recruiting young people for its International Development Fellowship Program. Fellowships feature an eight-month placement in Asia or Africa, preceded by a four week management seminar in Ottawa facilitated by leading development practitioners.
The month-long management seminar in Ottawa provides fellows with a thorough grounding in the skills required to contribute effectively to their host organizations by emphasizing an analytical approach and strategic thinking and planning. Workshops are taught by some of Canada’s foremost international cooperation professionals.
Participants then carry out an eight-month internship where they gain first-hand, practical experience, while contributing to their host organization’s work.
Fellowships are available in:
international development management
international microfinance and microenterprise
young professionals in media
Click the link above for the Foundation's website and more information.
Please note that the materials for the 2012 - 2013 Fellowships will be posted on the Aga Khan Foundation's website on October 31, 2011.
Updated on Tue, 2011-10-11 11:04
Youth Engagement in Northern Pakistan
In northern Pakistan, young people have very limited access to market-relevant skills training and enterprise development services, leading to a mismatch in the market and higher levels of unemployment and underemployment.
Fortunately, new opportunities are emerging. The Aga Khan Development Network sees youth participation and employment as central to its mandate of supporting the quality of life for communities, particularly in Pakistan.
To support this mission and on-going projects, Aga Khan Foundation Canada has created a Dynamic Reference Guide on Youth Employment that attempts to steer program developers and practitioners through the daunting amount of youth-focused literature by identifying lessons learned from key references and credible sources.
All lessons and case studies were selected based on their relevance to northern Pakistan, where the AKDN has made substantial investments in engaging youth. It is not necessary to apply each lesson from the Guide, but rather a variety of lessons are presented to offer readers options to consider. We hope that as a dynamic document, this Reference Guide will evolve over time and include emerging lessons from youth programming in Pakistan and beyond.
Women Leading Change - Perspectives from Canada and the World
.In celebration of International Women’s Day, The Coady International Institute, in partnership with Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), is pleased to invite you to a public conversation: Women Leading Change - Perspectives from Canada and the World on February 29th, 2012.
Moderated by author, journalist and filmmaker Sally Armstrong, our speakers will discuss how women are leading change in Canada and around the world. Their goal is to achieve women’s equality at the deepest level in societies, resulting in enduring peace and prosperity for all.
Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, will be joined by Coady Global Change Leaders Josephine Ndambuki of Kenya and Shruti Upadhyay of India.
For more information about our speakers, please click here.
Greater than the sum of its parts: Improving quality of life with a holistic approach to development
Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is pleased to invite you to a public lecture with Mr. Apoorva Oza, CEO of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme – India (AKRSP-India).
From clinics to classrooms to village councils, development is multi-dimensional and complex.
The elements of poverty are inextricably linked, often limiting the long-term effectiveness of narrow aid programmes. Recognizing this intersection between economy, society, and politics, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) approaches development as a complex process requiring cooperation on many levels.
This methodology – called Multi-Input Area Development (MIAD) – forms the cornerstone of many AKDN projects in rural areas. MIAD brings together development activities in a variety of programme areas, aiming for a broad, sustained improvement in overall quality of life. This approach has been introduced in Bihar, India, where AKDN programming covers areas as diverse as microfinance, early childhood/primary education, health care, and income generation.
Speaking from 24 years of experience with AKRSP-India, Mr. Oza will discuss the challenges associated with multi-faceted development.
We hope you will join us:
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
2:00pm – 3:30 pm
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1N 1K6
Apoorva Oza is the Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India). He is trained as a mechanical engineer, with a diploma in rural management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). He has also studied at Cranford University in the United Kingdom, and Cornell University in the United States.
Mr. Oza started his career as a Deputy Manager (Projects and Engineering) with Gujarat Dairy Development Corporation. He joined AKRSP (India) as a Programme Coordinator in 1988, advancing to the position of Senior Programme Executive in 1994. He was appointed CEO of AKRSP (India) in 2001.
Mr. Oza sits on the Board of Directors of Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). He is also a trustee of several NGO networks – such as Pravah, Sajjata Sangh, and Charkha – and NGOs like Society for Women's Action and Training Initiative (SWATI), Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel (MAGP) and Arid Communities and Technologies (ACT).
From Combat to Reconstruction: Canada’s development role in Afghanistan
.As Canadian engagement in Afghanistan evolves, the international community re-examines its role in the country’s long-term development.
Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan didn’t end in the summer of 2011 when the flag was lowered at Kandahar Airfield. The Canadian Government and non-government agencies remain deeply involved in rebuilding of the country, as Afghans begin to take the reins of their social and economic development.
Partnering with local development organizations, Canadians are making valuable contributions to the reconstruction of Afghanistan. But the fragile security situation and overwhelming development needs cast an uncertain light on the country’s future.
To discuss the prospects for long-term development in Afghanistan, Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is pleased to invite you to a special event featuring William Crosbie, Canada’s former Ambassador to Afghanistan, and Kevin Moorhead, former CEO of Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan.
Our featured guests will share their thoughts on the future implications for Afghan development, followed by a Q&A where attendees will be invited to join the discussion. Refreshments will be served.
We hope you will join us:
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
5:00PM - 6:30PM
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1N 1K6
Please note that there is no parking at the Delegation. Street parking is available nearby, on Boteler Street, Dalhousie Street, Parent Avenue, and Bolton Street. Please take care to respect all posted parking regulations. The Delegation has visitor entrances on Sussex Drive and Boteler Street.
Take steps to help end global poverty at the 28th annual World Partnership Walk on Sunday, May 27th at 10:00 am Lumbermen's Arch, Stanley Park.
An initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, the Walk is organized by volunteers in ten cities across Canada, and attracts thousands of Canadians united in a common effort to bring hope and renewal to some of the poorest communities in the world. The Walk has raised over $60 million and 100% funds raised go directly to international development programs.
It's a family and dog friendly event with a 5 km walk, live entertainment, fun activities, great food and lots more! Registration is FREE.
Media Advisory - World Partnership Walk kicks off this weekendCanadians taking steps to end global poverty
OTTAWA, May 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Over three Sundays this spring, Canadians will come together to participate in the World Partnership Walk, Canada's largest annual event to raise funds and increase awareness to fight global poverty.
The event, which begins Sunday, May 27, 2012, unites tens of thousands of Canadians from all walks of life in a common effort to bring hope and renewal to impoverished communities in Asia and Africa. Every dollar (100%) goes directly to international development programs. Not one cent is spent on administration.
Sunday, May 27th in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria
Sunday, June 3rd in London, Montréal and Regina
Sunday, June 10th in Edmonton, Calgary, Kitchener-Waterloo and Ottawa
TIME: The Walk begins in each city at 11 a.m.
Vancouver—Stanley Park, Lumbermen's Arch
Victoria—Beacon Hill Park, Cameron Bandshell
London—Springbank Gardens (June 3rd)
Montréal—Parc Jean-Drapeau (June 3rd)
Regina - Legislative Grounds, Wascana Park (June 3rd)
Edmonton - Legislature Grounds (June 10th)
Calgary—Prince's Island Park, Enmax Stage (June 10th)
Kitchener-Waterloo — Waterloo Public Square (June 10th)
Ottawa - Major's Hill Park (June 10th)
PRESS KITS: At 10 a.m., press kits will be available at the media desk at each location and representatives of the Walk will be available to answer questions.
The Walk is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), a non-profit international agency that supports social development programs in Asia and Africa. The Walk brings together Canadians from every background to support and learn about programs that help individuals and communities in Asia and Africa rise from poverty. All of the funds raised by the Walk (100%) go to international development initiatives.
Last year nearly 40,000 Canadians came together to raise more than $7 million in Calgary, Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Ottawa, Montreal, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria. Since the Walk's inception, individual and corporate supporters, volunteers and walkers have helped raise more than $70 million in support of international development initiatives.
WHEREAS since its inception in 1985, the World Partnership Walk has grown from modest beginnings to being the largest annual event in Canada that promotes and supports effective international development based on partnership with the people of the developing world.
On May 27, 2012, thousands of people of all ages, from cities across Canada and from different backgrounds and walks of life, will participate in this event as volunteers, walkers and sponsors, to show their support for those less fortunate in communities around the world.
The objective of the Walk is to increase public awareness of the vital role Canada plays in the field of international development and to highlight the significant advancements being made by the people of the developing world.
The Walk also raises funds to help reduce global poverty through cost-effective and innovative undertakings that seek to improve the standards of health and education, enhance gender equality, protect the environment and increase incomes in poor areas of Asia and Africa.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 27, 2012 as "World Partnership Walk Day"in the City of Toronto to recognize the tremendous commitment and contribution of everyone to raise awareness and bring positive change to developing communities around the world.
A World of Experience – Celebrating Young Canadians
Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s (AKFC) International Development Fellowship Program is underway for its 23rd year, sending early-career Canadian professionals to work for eight months in international development placements overseas. The 2012 fellowships cover a variety of fields, such as health, microenterprise, early childhood education, and journalism.
As the country celebrated Canada Day, 20 young Canadians were getting ready to bring a little bit of Canada to parts of the developing world.
“I applied for the fellowship because I feel that in order to effectively understand the intricacies of development, field experience is absolutely essential,” says Gillian Griffin, a 2012 fellow who has been placed with Aga Khan Foundation Tanzania, in Mtwara. “My goal is to learn, have fun, and to step outside of my comfort zone as much as possible.”
AKFC fêted the 2012 fellows on June 6th, hosting a reception at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat to celebrate their achievements and wish them luck.
Khalil Z. Shariff, CEO of AKFC, spoke to the assembled guests, congratulating the fellows and highlighting the importance of investing in leadership among young Canadians working overseas.
Current and past fellows also took to the stage, to participate in a panel discussion on the impacts of the fellowship on their personal and professional paths.
Among the panelists was Tracey Clark, managing director of Bridgehead – a café chain and coffee roastery in Ottawa committed to fair trade, organic products. She pinpointed her participation in the fellowship 20 years ago as an important chapter in her life, cementing her commitment to working on issues of global development.
On June 7th, the outgoing fellows joined AKFC staff and other members of the development community to hear from the 2011 fellows returning from the field.
The returning fellows highlighted their diverse experiences overseas: one detailed her work designing educational materials for home gardening techniques in Mozambique; another spoke of drafting a code of rights and responsibilities for microfinance clients in Tajikistan; a third outlined his experiences promoting beekeeping as a method of income generation for farmers in Kenya.
The reception and presentations were part of a broader program to prepare the 2012 fellows for their overseas placement. Each year, the new cohort of fellows gathers in the nation’s capital for a month-long seminar, participating in sessions that cover the gamut of international development, from grant management to intercultural effectiveness to gender theory.
“I want to learn about the practical side of working in international development,” says Ada Sonnenfeld, a 2012 fellow who has been placed with Aga Khan Foundation Bangladesh, in Dhaka. “I applied for the Fellowship because I thought the seminar would provide a crucial practical instruction in international development, [which is] missing from academic studies.”
At the end of the seminar, fellows briefly return to their hometowns before departing for their placement at the beginning of July.
Check back to akfc.ca, to keep up to date with the 2012 fellows’ dispatches from the field as they each begin their journey in one of eight countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mozambique, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
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Global Challenges: Multilateral Solutions – Launch of the 2011 Canadian Development Report
.On February 9th, the North-South Institute (NSI), in partnership with Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), was pleased to unveil the 2011 Canadian Development Report (CDR). The event was part of International Development Week, which encourages Canadians to engage with Canada’s development community.
More than 200 people attended the launch of the report, Global Challenges: Multilateral Solutions. The report focuses attention on the multilateral aid system’s ability to address global challenges, as the landscape of world economic power shifts.
Margaret Biggs, President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), delivered the opening keynote address, highlighting the changing face of the development community.
“This new ecosystem… will be an interaction among many different development actors,” said Ms. Biggs. “In my view, the future probably lies in… working for a common cause, on common objectives and shared principles.”
The 2011 CDR draws on NSI’s conference in June 2011, Multilateral Development Cooperation in a Changing Global Order, which broached the future of development cooperation. The report analyses the evolving aid landscape, proposes alternative models for development cooperation, and recommends reforms to the current system.
In his remarks, Joseph K. Ingram, President and CEO of the NSI, highlighted the importance of engaging emerging actors.
“It means taking into account the collective concerns of the key global stakeholders – the emerging economies, the low-income countries many of which are fragile, and potential threats to regional and global stability – as well as the so-called developed economies,” Mr. Ingram said.
The CDR – now in its fifteenth year – is the NSI’s flagship annual publication. It includes analysis and topical essays on international development, as well as a comprehensive statistical annex which provides important insights into Canada's relations with developing countries. AKFC has supported the national and international distribution of this year’s CDR.
Attendees also got a sneak peek of the Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP) – an online data platform hosted by the NSI. The CIDP gathers open-source data on Canada’s engagement with the developing world, not only in terms of development aid, but also on issues such as trade, investment, and migration. The CIDP aggregates and analyses the data, making it available to the public on an interactive web platform, which is due for official launch later this year.
Agakhan Foundation Canada co-funds regional cooperation conference in Central Asia
29/08/2012 - Regional cooperation conference strengthens ties between Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
Category: Politics, Analyses & Opinions
Published on Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Written by Victor Winner BISHKEK, August 29 (TCA) — The project "Regional cooperation and confidence-building in Afghanistan and Central Asia", funded by the Government of Canada and the Aga Khan Foundation in Canada (AKFC), implemented by the University of Central Asia (UCA) together with the Centre for Trade Policy and Law under Carleton University, is hosting a seminar for 60 government officials from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan at lake Issyk-Kul from August 25 to September 2.
Building Regional Cooperation in Afghanistan and Central Asia: A Visit from Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko
A new project at the University of Central Asia (UCA) seeks to strengthen economic relations between Afghanistan and the countries of the wider region of Central Asia, by undertaking a program of policy research, dissemination and professional development for public servants.
In partnership with Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the UCA has recently launched the Regional Cooperation and Confidence Building in Afghanistan and Central Asia (RCCB) project.
“Central Asia is a region geographically and it has a common past. It has common problems [but] there is no common vision of today, let alone tomorrow,” says Prof. Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General of the UCA. “If you live in Ukraine, despite the political difficulties there, you know the European Union awaits you 10 years down the road. If you live in Central Asia, in that very difficult neighbourhood, what is your future?”
He made the remarks during a visit to Canada on June 18th and 19th, where he met with senior officials to discuss the new project.
Prof. Krawchenko has strong links to Canada. He taught at the University of Alberta and worked for many years with lawmakers in the federal and Alberta governments. He is now translating that governmental experience overseas, by overseeing the Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) – a new institution formed under UCA’s Graduate School of Development as part of the RCCB project.
“This is a very difficult topic, when you talk about Afghanistan in Central Asia everybody talks about it at the geopolitical level. It’s talked about as a problem of security, as a problem of the narcotics trade,” said Prof. Krawchenko during his visit. “But economic relations, and the possibility of economic growth underpinning a more stable political environment remains less explored.”
By engaging the governments of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan, the IPPA will help public servants improve their policy analysis and recommendations on regional cooperation, as well as offer networking and professional development opportunities.
Prof. Krawchenko says public servants from all four participating countries are keen to participate in the program.
“These are countries that frequently go into trade negotiations… with very little background in the economics of trade, trade policy, and trade negotiation,” he says. “Because this is training at a professional level that is geared very much to what they do at work, they are quite enthusiastic about this.”
The 15-month, $2.4-million RCCB project will train 60 public servants drawn from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and the Kyrgyz Republic. The IPPA will also undertake a comprehensive research program on cooperation in Central Asia, and Prof. Krawchenko says this research will be important in mapping the economic future of Central Asia.
Because of the project, he says UCA will have the largest and most systematic body of knowledge on economic relations between Central Asian countries in the world, adding, “What we are fundamentally concerned about is economic development, and the creation of conditions that will facilitate that development. Our tool is education.”
Nutrition on the Table: Micronutrients and Global Child Survival
.A conversation with Dr. Robert E. Black and special guests
Reducing hidden hunger – a chronic lack of essential vitamins and minerals – is vital not only to individual child development, but to building strong, healthy societies for the future. That was the message of esteemed child health researcher Dr. Robert E. Black, at the Nutrition on the Table: Micronutrients and Global Child Survival panel discussion on September 7.
Sep 22-28: AKFC Univ. Series in Toronto, Montreal, London, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa
Courtesy of BC Ed Board.
Summary: The 2012 Aga Khan Foundation Canada University Series is going to be held at 6 Canadian Universities between September by 22-28. Apologies for the short notice.
The theme is: Against All Odds: Gender and Education in the Developing World.
The 2 speakers are:
Jane Rarieya, Associate Professor and Head of Teaching Programmes at Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development in Tanzania
Ms. Jennifer Blinkhorn, Director of Education with Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan.
Details below. Registration needed. If anyone has or plans to attend, can you please let me know to get some requested feedback? Thanks.
Against All Odds: Gender and Education in the Developing World
September 22nd – 28th, 2012
AKFC is pleased to announce the 2012 University Seminar Series—an opportunity for students to interact with development practitioners from the South and to learn more about key issues and challenges in the field of international development. The series will be held at universities across Canada between September 22nd and 28th, 2012.
Drawing on Experiences from Afghanistan and East Africa
The 2012 University Seminar Series will focus on the challenges and successes of education in the developing world – particularly for girls and women. This year’s distinguished speakers are Dr. Jane Rarieya, Associate Professor and Head of Teaching Programmes at Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development in Tanzania, and Ms. Jennifer Blinkhorn, Director of Education with Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan. Drawing on examples from Afghanistan and East Africa, the speakers will provide a window into the educational context of their respective regions, particularly the barriers overcome by girls who succeed in school and continue on to higher learning.
Dr. Rarieya and Ms. Blinkhorn will be presenting together in the following cities across Canada:
University of Ottawa, Ottawa
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University of Toronto, Toronto
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McGill University, Montreal
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Western University, London
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University of Alberta, Edmonton
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University of British Columbia, Vancouver
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For more information please contact Melisa Yoon: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-800-267-2532, ext. 131.
AKFC thanks the Canadian International Development Agency for its support.
Disclosure of Grant and Contribution Awards Over $25,000 Reports | 2012 - 2013 - 1st quarter
Recipient Name: Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Purpose: Partnership for Advancing Human Development in Africa and Asia 2012-2017
Comments: 1. Multi-year award for fiscal years 2012-13 to 2017-18
Against All Odds: Gender and Education in the Developing World
.AKFC is pleased to announce the 2012 University Seminar Series—an opportunity for students to interact with development practitioners from the South and to learn more about key issues and challenges in the field of international development. The series will be held at universities across Canada between September 22nd and 28th, 2012.
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