10th December, 2011 New Delhi
HUDCO & Aga Khan Foundation (India) Initiative to provide skill training to disadvantaged people
Housing & Urban Development Corporation Ltd. (HUDCO) and Aga Khan Foundation are jointly taking initiative to undertake skill training of 200 disadvantaged people in Nizamuddin Basti, Delhi, through a comprehensive and need based programme focused on vocational training which will contribute to improving the quality of life of these people. In order to help in achieving this objective, HUDCO and Aga Khan Foundation of India have decided to work together by utilizing their respective strengths. To this effect, an MoU was signed in the presence of Kumari Selja, Hon’ble Minister for Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Minister of Culture, today. The salient features of the MoU are as follows:
a) To ensure time bound skill training and capacity building of the under-privileged in which the preferences will be given to participants from below the poverty line.
b) To impart skills which will facilitate regular employment and entrepreneurship.
c) To ensure employment placement for the trained participants and
d) To impart skills for the participants to move from unorganized sector to the organized
sector. HUDCO and Aga Khan Foundation will have definite Roles and Responsibilities to achieve the objectives of this collaboration.
HUDCO’s specific role will be to support and finance skill training activities based on demand which will cover complete skill process by providing venue, training equipments, training materials etc. not exceeding Rs. 10,000/- per participant.
The Aga Khan Foundation, India will identify the participants with requisite aptitude for the training being organized. The training and the curriculum for it, will be designed by the Aga Khan Foundation, the training and course content will be in local language for better absorption by the participants of the training programme.
Minister Oda Announces Canadian Partnerships in International Development
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2011) - Today, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced the government's support to further progress to reduce poverty and help the world's vulnerable peoples effectively. Through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), 53 Canadian organizations will embark in a series of new development projects.
Today's announcement totals up to $111.7 million in projects from the "Over $2 million" category and up to $30.7 million in projects from the "Under $2 million" category. For more information on the calls for proposals process, please visit the CIDA website
Aga Khan Foundation Canada
The project's objective is to transform disadvantaged and marginalized children's lives and learning by improving both access to, and quality of, education opportunities. The proposed investment builds upon significant gains working in poor neighbourhoods of 4 sub-districts of Bihar, where a network of neighbourhood-level Learning Support Centres, launched by the Aga Khan Rural Support Program in 2009, is providing afterschool support to 5,000 pre-school and primary school children. (Up to $1,890,879 over 2 years and 3 months)
Publication: Aga Khan Development Network in India – 2011
Founded and guided by His Highness the Aga Khan, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and its precursors have been working in India since 1905. Its programmes now span the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. These programmes work to address a broad spectrum of development issues ranging from cultural restoration to education quality, health care to rural development, civil society strengthening to economic development.
The AKDN works in 30 countries around the world. It employs over 80,000 people, many of them in the project companies of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). The AKDN’s annual budget for social and cultural development activities in 2010 was US$ 625 million. All AKDN agencies are non-profit except AKFED, which seeks to generate profits as part of its formula for sustainability, but reinvests any profits in further development activities.
AKDN agencies are nondenominational, conducting their programmes without regard to faith, origin or gender. While each agency pursues its own mandate, all of them work together within the over-arching framework of the Network so that their different pursuits interact and reinforce one another.
Our device is currently in use in two different households, undergoing realistic duty cycle testing. We regularly interface with our community partners to integrate feedback into our final design, which is expected to be deployed in 2010 by the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services in an initial set of earthquake-struck rebuilt homes.
- Backward districts and their development
Commentarao: S.L. Rao
In 1964, V.S. Naipaul wrote about India as an area of darkness. Visiting Bahraich district in Uttar Pradesh recently, I found a part of India which remains an area of darkness amidst the growing illumination over most of India. The Aga Khan Foundation has piloted a limited programme to tackle it.
Agakhan Foundation collaborates with Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT), the largest of the Tata trusts
"In 2006, the state administration set up a polyclinic here. A year later, the Foundation started working with the community and roped in a gynaecologist and a paediatrician for the clinic, which also got a pathology laboratory. While the infrastructure was set, it was important to increase awareness among the families and convince them to use the facilities. That got a fillip when Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT), the largest of the Tata trusts, joined hands with the Aga Khan Foundation in February this year."
A waste management programme, Clean Basti, will ensure cleanliness of the sprawl adjoining the archaeological complex in Nizamuddin at Rs.35 lakh for about two years, the ministry said. The project will be supported by the Aga Khan Foundation.
Aga Khan Foundation to Organize a Workshop on Replicating Innovations in Rural Livelihoods on 6 November in New Delhi
Aga Khan Foundation India Organizes Workshop on Sustainable Community-based Approaches to Livelihood Enhancement
NEW DELHI: The Aga Khan SCALE (Sustainable Community-based Approaches to Livelihood Enhancement) program concluded with a workshop at Shangri La’s Hotel in Delhi on 1st November 2012. The program was inaugurated by Rowland Roome, CEO of Agha Khan Foundation who emphasized on Social Return on Investment (SROI) and spoke widely about Water Management initiatives and accomplishments of Development Support Center (DSC).
Abad Ahmad Chairman of Agha Khan Foundation continued with listing the wide range of activities undertaken by the foundation such as Sustainable and empowered community investment, livestock development, income generating opportunity.
The provision of sanitation facilities in household
The following case studies depict the positive impact of the work of the Aga Khan Development Network, on the lives of rural women, as a result of the provision of sanitation facilities within their households. The case studies are written as conversations with or personal stories of a woman, whose life has been impacted by AKDN's work.
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