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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prospects of further cooperation between Tajikistan and AKDN discussed in Dushanbe

DUSHANBE, February 16, 2012, Asia-Plus – On Wednesday February 15, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Sharif Rahimzoda met with Mr. Munir Merali, Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Tajikistan.

According to the press center of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MoEDT), the sides discussed state and prospects of further expansion of cooperation between Tajikistan and AKDN.

Rahimzoda, in particular, noted that the MoEDT as the public body authorized for coordination of cooperation with international organizations was ready to extend cooperation with AKDN.

For his part, Mr. Munir Merali made specific proposals regarding plans, programs, implementation of projects covering the private sector, finance and banking, energy, agriculture and health, as well as improvement of activities of free economic zones in the country and training of personnel for the fields of economy, tourism, insurance and other social directions, the MoEDT press center said.

During the meeting, Rahimzoda and Merali also exchanged views on a number of other issues being of mutual interest.

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of development agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalization of historic cities. AKDN agencies conduct their programs without regard to faith, origin or gender.

AKDN works towards the vision of an economically dynamic, politically stable, intellectually vibrant, and culturally tolerant Tajikistan. This is achieved by supporting the establishment of programs and institutions that allow the government, private sector and civil society to play complementary roles in increasing prosperity and creativity within a pluralistic society. Operating in Tajikistan since 1992, AKDN draws on a strong base of experience in working with mountain societies. It works in all regions of the country and employs approximately 3,000 people through its operations and investments.

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AKFED in collaboration with the Tajik government and WB

Tajiks benefit from WB aid
Staff Report

2012-04-17
DUSHANBE – World Bank (WB) aid has benefitted Tajik farmers, electricity consumers and patients, the WB said in three April 16 statements.

More than 34,000 farmers have received land use certificates enabling them to “use their land to their advantage,” the WB said, describing the World Bank-funded Land Registration and Cadastre System Project. Farmers receive advice and can more easily form Water User Associations “that organize themselves according to new land use patterns and then receive grants for rehabilitation of their on-farm irrigation systems,” the WB said.

The WB, co-operating with the Tajik government and Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, also helped create the Pamir Energy Company, which operates a renovated power plant. The new utility provides “an almost uninterrupted power supply” to residents of Gorno-Badakhshan. It also exports some power to northern Afghanistan.

Since 2006, the WB has supported the six-month-long Family Medicine training programme, under which 273 family doctors and 702 family nurses in Khatlon and Sughd oblasts have become “certified family practitioners,” the WB said. Eighteen primary healthcare facilities and two family medicine training centres were rehabilitated, and 38 primary healthcare facilities were built in Khatlon and Soghd through the programme, the WB said.

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4-05-2012, 14:18

Ties Expansion between Tajikistan and Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development Discussed in Dushanbe

Avesta.Tj | 04.05.2012 | The experts group of Aga Khan Fund on Economic Development chaired by Lutaf Kasam met with the First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Hamidullohon Fakerov, in Dushanbe.

According to the press service of Economic Development Ministry, in the course of the meeting Fakerov stressed: "the Ministry of Economic Development, as the authorized body on coordination of all international organizations, is ready to develop actively the cooperation with the Aga Khan on Economic Development".

Lutaf Qassam, in his turn, expressed his opinion on the plans and projects implementation by Aga Khan Fund in the spheres of energy, agriculture, tourism, private sector, social sector, as well as the revitalization of the SEZ activities.

He outlined the specific proposals on this issue. At the end of the meeting the sides discussed other issues of mutual interest – says the press center of Ministry of Economic Development.

http://www.avesta.tj/eng/goverment/2223-ties-expansion-between-tajikistan-and-aga-khan-fund-for-economic-development-discussed-in-dushanbe.html
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Aga Khan – My Grandma’s Dream

Boziqala, Tajikistan

Zarifmo Aslamshoyeva
CNN International Assignment Editor

(Dedicated To All Grandmas in Pamir, Tajikistan)

Editor's Note: Pope Benedict XVI is not the only religious leader visiting America. Also touring the country, the Aga Khan. To about 20-million people around the world who practice the Ismaili branch of Islam, he is their imam, or spiritual guide. He has a worldly mission, as well, overseeing a large, nondenominational foundation dedicated to easing global poverty.

The Aga Khan's tour of Ismaili communities in the United States and around the world has unleashed an outpouring of affection among Ismaili Muslims. In the case of CNN journalist Zarifmo Aslamshoyeva, his visit also brings back memories of his impact on her small town, in the Tajik province of Pamir, in a poor corner of the former Soviet Union.

Zarifmo begins her story by saying:

If only my Grandmother could hear this.

When I was growing up, my grandma and her friends in my tiny Boziqala, and villages nearby, knew little about the world. They didn’t have much education and never traveled beyond their province, Pamir.

Their children and grandchildren, though, were well educated. It made them proud, but the pain of longing for their faraway imam never left their hearts. My grandma said, before the Soviet Union, it was easier to get messages from the imam, but now we are disconnected. She used to blame the government, sometimes. But most of the time she blamed people for not remembering God...

I loved sitting next to my grandma when she was praying because, at the end of her prayers, she used to shake my hand saying shohi didor, a prayer for an audience with the imam. My brothers and I fought over who would sit closer to her to hear the shohi didor. There was a special sacred place in the corner of our house, where my grandma used to sit during her evening prayers.

That’s all I knew about the Aga Khan while growing up. Once, though, in college, I heard one Pamiri professor asked why Pamiris pay so much attention to education. And his answer: “It’s a wish of the imam.

I graduated and went back home to my village Boziqala. I was a teacher for 3 months then got a job in Badakshan Radio station and few years later became a newscaster on Badakshan TV station. Got married and had two small children. I loved my life.

Then, the USSR collapsed. Winter came. So did civil war.

My remote corner of the world first turned chaotic, then the chaos cut us off nearly completely from the outside. I had visions of my two children starving.

Then, one snowy night, I was called to the TV station to broadcast the most important words of my career and, perhaps, my life.

The studio was very cold.

The engineers told me I’d have to wait for two hours for the power to be restored. While I was waiting, I went over the announcement.

Only then did I realize, it was a letter from the Aga Khan Foundation, a letter telling people not to give up hopes, aid is on the way.

I don't know how to describe it. I wish there were words to express the feelings. I moved closer to the window. The snow was falling, but I didn’t feel the winter anymore. I knew Spring was coming.

My children, my neighbors and I wouldn’t starve.

This group, sponsored and inspired by that man, a man I had only known through memories of my grandmother, had saved us.

http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/04/17/aga-khan-my-grandma%e2%80%99s-dream/?hpt=ac_mid
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Imamat collaborates with EU to provide renewable energy in Tajikistan

Wind energy in Tajikistan: wind power use growing
june 21, 2012
Solar energy and wind turbines still costs more than hydro-energy to produce, Tilloyev said. "However, the urgency of this issue is very high," he added.


Tajikistan is researching renewable energy production, Energy Industry Ministry official Vaisiddin Tilloyev told News.tj in an interview published June 18.

The interview was a response to criticism by Tajik MP and Communist Party chief Shodi Shabdolov, who said earlier nobody in Tajikistan was studying wind energy's potential.

Solar energy and wind turbines still costs more than hydro-energy to produce, Tilloyev said. "However, the urgency of this issue is very high," he added. "Our country has districts where, for economic, environmental and social reasons, it makes sense to prioritise the development of renewable energy."

Tajikistan has signed memoranda of co-operation on wind energy and solar power with several European firms, he said.

A project costing about US $60,000 (285,700 TJS) and funded by the EU and Aga Khan has brought renewable energy to some private homes, healthcare facilities and schools in mountain villages in Muminabad, Shuroabad and Khovaling districts, he said.

However, the price of wind power and solar energy equipment and the lack of visible examples hinder the development of renewable energy in Tajikistan, he conceded.

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Ismaili institutions involved in the ceasefire arrangement in the recent violence

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"The ceasefire was arranged by a mediating team consisting of local officials, residents and representatives of the Ismaili branch of Islam that people in Badakhshan follow. These included local clerics and representatives of the Aga Khan Foundation, which has worked to develop the region over the last two decades.

The Aga Khan himself, who wields considerable influence as leader of all Ismailis, played a key role in persuading the rebels to accept a truce, urging his spiritual followers to refrain from violence, to work for peace and to uphold the law."

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22-08-2012, 16:21

Tajik Ambassador to United States Meets with Representative of Aga Khan Foundation

Avesta.Tj | 22.08.2012 | Ambassador of Tajikistan to USA Nuriddin Shamsov met with the Executive director of Aga Khan Foundation in the United States Mirzo Jahoni, - reported the Information Department of MFA RT.

Tajik diplomat called the Aga Khan Foundation an important partner in the implementation of social, economic, and educational projects in the eastern and southern regions of Tajikistan.

Speaking on the activities of the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan Jahoni noted, at present the Foundation Representation in Tajikistan supports to the construction of bridge between Tajikistan and Afghanistan in Shuroabad area.

At the end of the meeting the parties agreed to coordinate their actions, directed the aid increase to Tajikistan for achieving its goals.

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Meeting of Tajik Foreign Minister with the Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network

Dushanbe, September 26. (NIAT “Khovar”).-

On September 25, 2012 in New York on the sidelines of the General Debates of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly the Head of the delegation of Tajikistan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Hamrokhon Zarifi met with His Highness the Aga Khan, the Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network.

At the meeting the sides discussed issues and prospects of the realization of the Aga Khan Development Network programmes and projects in Tajikistan.

NIAT “Khovar” has been reported at the Department of Information, Press, Analysis and Foreign Policy Planning of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan.

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AKDN partnership in telecommunications sector in Tajikistan

Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED)
In its investment in Tajikistan, TeliaSonera has partnered with Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) who is the other shareholder of Tcell. AKFED is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) which is a group of development agencies with mandates including the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, promotion of private-sector enterprise, and revitalization of historic cities. AKDN agencies conduct their programs without regard to faith, origin or gender. AKDN works towards the vision of an economically dynamic, politically stable, intellectually vibrant, and culturally tolerant Tajikistan. The majority of AKDN projects, playing an important role both in the cultural sphere and in further economic development of the country, are familiar to most of the people living in Tajikistan.

Representatives of the Aga Khan Foundation have taken active part in mediating the peacemaking process in the recent armed conflict in Gorny Badakhshan region in eastern Tajikistan (2012). AKFED has supported the government efforts to negotiate disarmament of the armed gang formations. Thanks to these mediation efforts, certain positive results have been achieved in disarmament and restoring the peaceful daily life in the region.

More information about AKFED is available at www.akdn.org/akfed

http://www.teliasonera.com/en/newsroom/news/2012/background-to-tcell-and-telecommunications-in-tajikistan/
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TAJIKISTAN: SDC and Aga Khan Foundation Tajikistan Partner to Help Improve Water Supply Systems and Access to Basic Health Care in Remote Communities

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, October 9, 2012–As part of their ongoing collaboration which has spanned the last fifteen years, today the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Aga Khan Foundation Tajikistan (AKF Tjk) confirmed two additional projects to help improve the quality of life of all people of Tajikistan.


The signing ceremony was attended by the Country Director of Swiss Cooperation Office in Tajikistan, Mr. Peter Mikula; Deputy Minister of Melioration and Water Resources, Mr. Anvar Zoirov; General Director of State Communal Services, Mr. Alimurod Taghoymurodov; Head of International Relations Department of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Ilhom Bandaev, AKDN Resident Representative in Tajikistan, Mr. Munir Merali; Chief Executive Officer of AKF Tjk, Mr. Yodgor Faizov; and other respective staff and invited guests.

“Switzerland remains committed to supporting the reforms in health and drinking water sectors. And these two projects are fully in line with the new Cooperation Strategy for 2012-2015, where Healthcare reform and Drinking water are among the key domains of intervention, - Peter Mikula said in his speech. - We are fully confident with our long-term partner, Aga Khan Foundation, in terms of efficient implementation of the projects, and believe that families living remote areas of Tajikistan will ultimately get access to adequate basic healthcare services and safe drinking water facilities”.

The first project, Improving Water Supply Systems and Hygiene Practices in Mountain Regions of Tajikistan will be implemented by the Mountain Societies Development Support Program (MSDSP), a project of AKF Tjk. The goal of this project is to increase the access and availability of safe, clean drinking water, in addition to help improve the knowledge of water quality, hygiene and appropriate sanitation practices. The project aims to cover the mountainous regions of Tajikistan including communities in Rasht Valley, Khatlon and Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) benefiting over 40,000 people while training Community Health Promoters, teachers and other related professionals in best-practices for sanitation and hygiene.

The CEO of AKF Tjk, Mr. Yodgor Faizov, highlighted in his speech the effectiveness of collaboration between AKF and SDC and noted that the newly signed projects will make positive changes in the quality of life of targeted communities.

The second project, Improving Access to Basic Care in Mountain Regions of Tajikistan seeks to improve the overall health conditions of beneficiaries by providing better access to health services, rehabilitating existing infrastructure, and providing the necessary medical equipment in areas with limited resources. This project, implemented by Aga Khan Health Service (AKHS) and MSDSP, will impact over 64,000 beneficiaries in various districts of Rasht Valley, Khatlon and GBAO.

Since 1998, Switzerland has provided US $200 million towards the implementation of numerous projects in a number of sectors including: health care reform, strengthening public institutions and services, engaging in private sector development, basic infrastructure (potable water and energy development), irrigation water management and disaster risk reduction. AKF Tjk has collaborated with SDC in several of these areas with its current projects focused on water supply, health infrastructure and community health promotion.

These initiatives were set out to respond to key challenges of the region while building on the results, experiences and capacities of Switzerland and aims to support the transition process in Tajikistan by contributing to the economic development of the country and by helping to build institutions and systems which are responsive to the population’s needs.
Both projects will be implemented taking into account gender and governance aspects by ensuring equal access to health care and other community services as well as inclusion of all community members into the decision-making processes.

Notes:

The Aga Khan Foundation is part of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN); a group of development agencies founded and guided by His Highness the Aga Khan. Established in 1967 in Geneva, Switzerland, AKF is a non-denominational, international development agency with branches, affiliates and representative offices in 20 countries. In Tajikistan, AKF has been active since 1993 when, with the support of the international donor community, a response was mounted in Gorno-Badakhshan to imminent food shortages caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union. In parallel with this emergency programme, AKF initiated a rural development programme with the aim of contributing to poverty alleviation in the programme areas. Programmes for reform in the social sector (Health and Education) were introduced in 1994, with the aim of assisting the government to cope more efficiently with reduced resources while at the same time benefiting from new approaches in education and health.

For more information please go to www.akdn.org

http://www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/kyrgyzstan/en/Home/News/News_Detail?itemID=215384
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Outgoing AKDN resident representative bids farewell to Tajik foreign minister

DUSHANBE, November 1, 2012, Asia-Plus -- Outgoing Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Tajikistan Munir Merali met here Tuesday (October 30) with Tajik Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi at the end of his tenure to Tajikistan.

According to the Tajik MFA information department, Zarifi highly appraised contribution of Munir Merali to expansion of cooperation between Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Development Network.

In the course of the talks, the sides also considered issues related to further expansion of cooperation between Tajikistan and the Network.
While reviewing the results of implementation of AKDN-supported projects in the country, the sides reportedly exchanged views on using additional opportunities for expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation.
Founded and guided by His Highness the Aga Khan, the Aga Khan Development Network brings together a number of development agencies, institutions, and programs that work to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. The Network’s nine development agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development for all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or religion. AKDN’s underlying ethic is compassion for the vulnerable in society.
AKDN agencies work in Tajikistan in a range of areas—from economic development to education, rural development to cultural revitalization, health care to financial services. Operating in the country since 1992, AKDN draws on a strong base of experience in working with mountain societies. The Network is present in all regions of Tajikistan and employs approximately 3,500 people through its operations and investments, including the PamirEnergy Company, Tcell Telecommunications, and the First MicroFinanceBank.

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AKF gets kids in Tajikistan reading and learning

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DUSHANBE, November 26, 2012, Asia-Plus -- The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) Tajikistan has launched the Reading for Children project in Tajikistan.

This project is a joint initiative of AKF and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a source at AKF Tajikistan said.
Based on the experience of a successful similar project that has been implemented by AKF Tajikistan in Gorno Badakhshan since 2010, the project reportedly targets eight districts in Khatlon province (Jilikul, Qumsangir, Rumi, Yovon, Vakhsh, Sarband, Muminobod and Khovaling) and three districts in Gorno Badakhshan (Rushan, Roshtqala and Ishkashim), AKF Tajikistan said.

Over a two-year period, 246 mini-libraries will be established and some 30 original titles for preschoolers will be published. In all, 15,700 parents and 26,200 children in Khatlon and Gorno Badakhshan are expected to get benefit from the project.

“We will work with two Institutes for Professional Development (these institutes provide full in-service teacher training and education management support for primary and secondary school teachers) in Khatlon province on the “Reading for Children” project,” said the source. “The project aims to promote development of capacities and skills of local authors in preparing reading materials and books for preschoolers. The authors will prepare reading materials based on ever-day-life examples as well as cultural traditions and oral history of the Tajik people meeting children’s age and perception.”

The source stressed that the Ministry of Education and the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Tajikistan would participate in all stages of implementation of the project.

Reading for Children is a project aimed at building children’s interest in reading, raising their aptitudes and strengthening family bonds. The results enhance children’s ability to learn and prepare them for lifelong learning.

The Reading for Children project was reportedly piloted for the first time in Kyrgyzstan in 2006 and to-date, the project has been implemented in nine countries of the world.

According to information posted on the website of PartnershipsInAction, an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, the Reading for Children program began in Kyrgyzstan with an aim to instill in children a love for books and enthusiasm for reading. It does this in three ways, by: increasing access to quality storybooks through mini-libraries; encouraging parents and other caregivers to read with their children; and nurturing Kyrgyz storytellers and engaging them in the publication of those books.

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“Shukr Mawlo, Shukr Mawlo” – When Hope is All You Have Left, a Story for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Salgirah

By Gulnor Saratbekova

http://simerg.com/about/shukr-mawlo-shukr-mawlo-when-hope-is-all-you-have-left-a-story-for-mawlana-hazar-imams-salgirah/
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Newly-appointed AKDN resident representative begins his mission in Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE, January 31, 2013, Asia-Plus -- The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has announced that Mr. Akbar Ali Pesnani presented his credentials as the newly-appointed AKDN Resident Representative for Tajikistan to Tajik Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi, on January 30, 2013.
Mr. Pesnani replaces Mr. Munir Merali who completed his term on January 28, 2013 after seven years of service.

According to press release issued by AKDN Tajikistan, Mr. Pesnani has over 40 years of experience within the Network in various capacities including, his current role as Chairman of the Board for the First Microfinance Bank in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the Aga Khan Cultural Services in Pakistan. He is also the Director on the Boards of the Jubilee Insurance Co., and Industrial Promotion Services for Pakistan. Previously, he has also chaired the Steering Committee for the development of the earthquake affected areas in Kashmir.
Professionally, Mr. Pesnani has worked with various organizations in senior financial and management positions including the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, the Ghulam Faruque Group, a manufacturing and trading group in Pakistan, as well as the Gwadar Port & Gwadar Port Implementation Authority in Pakistan.

Founded and guided by His Highness the Aga Khan, the Aga Khan Development Network brings together a number of development agencies, institutions, and programs that work to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. The Network’s nine development agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development for all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or religion. AKDN’s underlying ethic is compassion for the vulnerable in society.

AKDN agencies work in Tajikistan in a range of areas—from economic development to education, rural development to cultural revitalization, health care to financial services. Operating in the country since 1992, AKDN draws on a strong base of experience in working with mountain societies. The Network is present in all regions of Tajikistan through its operations and investments, including the PamirEnergy Company, Tcell Telecommunications, and the First MicroFinanceBank.

The Aga Khan Development Network serves as Tajikistan’s largest private employer, through a committed staff of 3500 in 8 agencies. It is also the largest taxpayer and remains dedicated towards improving the long-term livelihoods, living conditions, and economic opportunities of all Tajiks.

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Prospects of cooperation between Tajikistan and AKDN discussed in Dushanbe

DUSHANBE, February 22, 2013, Asia-Plus -- Issues related to state and prospects of further expansion of cooperation between Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) were the focus of a meeting of Tajik Minister of Finance Safarali Najmiddinov with AKDN Resident Representative for Tajikistan Ali Akbar Pesnani that took place here on February 19, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) Secretariat reports.

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MSDSP prints a tourist map of Gorno-Badakhshan

DUSHANBE, April 3, 2013, Asia-Plus - A color and illustrated map of the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) in English has been printed. The map is an essential tool to promote development of ecotourism in this high mountain area.
The map has been compiled and printed by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)’s Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) in cooperation with the State Unitary Enterprise (SUE) Cartographic Factory under the State Committee for Land Management and Geodesy of Tajikistan, AKF Afghanistan, the Pamirs Eco-Cultural Tourism Association (PECTA), the FOCUS Program and the Khoushkor Design Company.
According to MSDSP, this map entitled “The Map of the Pamirs: Tajikistan GBAO and Border Areas” is intended for the use of tourists visiting Tajikistan, in particular Gorno-Badakhshan.
The map reportedly contains geographical and historical background information about Gorno-Badakhshan and border areas of Afghan Badakhshan.
The Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the people of the mountainous areas of Tajikistan. The Programme was initiated by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in 2003 with the goal to improve living conditions in select mountain communities in the country. To achieve its goal, MSDSP operates a multi-sector program which engages in natural resource management, early childhood development (ECD) and community health.

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April 12, 2013 14:19

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.

The bridge will be launched into use since May.

Five bridges link Tajikistan and Afghanistan, four of which are in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region that were built with support of the Aga Khan Foundation. The biggest bridge which links Nizhny Pyanzh and Sherhan Bandar was built with U.S. assistance.

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International micro-finance expert helps ultra poor in Tajikistan

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Tajikistan: Providing Reliable Electricity in the Pamir Mountains


Synopsis
International Development Association (IDA) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) helped to establish a vivid example of how a public-private partnership can effectively work to provide affordable, reliable, and clean energy in a challenging environment. Electricity supply in the poorest region of Tajikistan has increased from three hours to 22–24 hours per day during the winter. An estimated 220,000 people, including more than half of which are women, have benefitted from improved electricity services. As a result of the project, schools, hospitals, and businesses can now stay open during the cold winter months.





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Challenge
Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) was the poorest and most isolated region in Tajikistan. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and a five-year civil war, the power infrastructure in the region was in dismal shape; 60 percent of inhabitants had no energy during the winter and 15 percent had no energy at all. Frequent power outages were common for everyone. Together with GBAO’s mountainous and remote conditions, the population’s low-income levels and political instability created a harsh environment unlikely to attract private investments. Due to the unreliable electricity supply, schools, hospitals, and businesses were frequently forced to close, especially during the winter, thus undermining economic and human development in GBAO. Many of the residents in the region resorted to wood fuel for their heating and cooking needs, resulting in an increase in respiratory disorders and the loss of 70 percent of the area’s tree cover between 1992 and 2002.



Approach
The project was designed as a public-private partnership between the Government of Tajikistan, the World Bank Group, and the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). In order to reconcile the commercial objectives of private investors with the social objectives of the Government, the project was a combination of elements: a 25-year concession agreement with the Government of Tajikistan provided the basis for establishing Pamir Energy Company, a joint stock company owned by AKFED (70%) and the IFC (30%). In accordance with this agreement, the company manages most Government-owned electricity assets in GBAO. The project supported the rehabilitation of the hydropower infrastructure and transmission lines to increase electricity supply capacity. The affordability of electricity for the poorest households was ensured by a lifeline subsidy scheme funded primarily by a grant from the Government of Switzerland. As this subsidy was provided upon delivery of electricity services, the project also integrated the concept of output-based aid.



Results
The Pamir Private Project has helped to enhance development and improve welfare in GBAO by providing reliable, affordable, and clean electricity.

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Tajik Ministry of education approves Early Childhood Education Curriculum

DUSHANBE, June 7, 2013, Asia-Plus -- The Collegium of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Tajikistan, which was held on May 28, 2013, approved the Early Childhood Education (ECE) curriculum for alternative preschool education models, press release issued by UNICEF Country Office in Tajikistan on June 6 says.

The ECE curriculum was developed by Academy of Education in collaboration with UNICEF and Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan.

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Curriculum is based on the “Early Learning Development Standards” (ELDS) developed by the Ministry of Education and UNICEF. It also draws on the work of several early childhood theories, but heavily on the work of the High Scope Educational Research Foundation in the United States. This approach has proven to be adaptable to various settings and responsive to different cultures while still retaining the elements of a quality early childhood curriculum.
The ECE curriculum takes the format of stating learning outcomes and providing practical guidelines on learning experiences that teachers can utilize in their teaching practice. It promotes holistic development of children and allows space for more child initiated activities. The new ECE curriculum will be offered to children age 4-7 in alternative early learning groups for a homogeneous approach to early childhood development.
The Ministry of Education, with support from UNICEF, Aga Khan Foundation, and other partners will develop teacher training packages that will support the roll-out of the new ECE curriculum. It is expected that these packages be approved and adopted by the end of 2013.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF is working in Tajikistan since 1993.

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Frontlines - Grand Challenges for Development
July/August 2014


Reading Their Way Out of Poverty

By Kathy Sweeney

A school librarian shows off books at a library in Tajikistan established by USAID. A school librarian shows off books at a library in Tajikistan established by USAID. Sayora Khalimova, USAID

The importance of reading to children is taking center stage in Tajikistan, giving rise to more libraries, trained librarians and actively involved parents.

Amida Taqieva lives with her children—4-year-old Elvira and 2-year-old Safarmamad—in the tiny and remote village of Deh, Tajikistan. Until two years ago, only outdated, broken down textbooks in Russian were available in the school library, the only library in the village. In Tajikistan, books in Russian don’t serve much purpose for most children, who learn Tajik before Russian. During the long winter months, there is no electricity to power televisions, radios, computers, or even a light to read by. Without power, in a village without quality books in a language most children can easily understand, winter evenings are dark, cold and dull.
Amida Taqieva reads to her daughter Elvira, far left, and a friend in Deh, Tajikistan.
Amida Taqieva reads to her daughter Elvira, far left, and a friend in Deh, Tajikistan.
Reading for Children Project in Tajikistan

Tajikistan’s educational system has been in decline since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and made worse by the country’s subsequent 1992-1997 civil war. With 50 percent of its population under age 23, and 60 percent of schools already running two or three shifts per day, the country is unprepared for a projected 40 percent increase of school-age children by 2015.

To make matters worse, Tajikistan’s literacy levels—already low—are declining precipitously. Books are not widely available and poverty rates are high, so many families would be unlikely to purchase them even if they were readily available. In addition, most books available on the market are written in Russian, not Tajik. Within the education system, inadequate budgets, outdated materials and curricula, limited professional education and training opportunities for teachers, and high teacher turnover all impede literacy and the cultivation of a reading culture.
If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12 percent cut in world poverty.

In 2012, USAID established the Reading for Children project in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation to support pre-primary literacy in Tajikistan. Pre-primary literacy is considered a critical building block for success during subsequent stages of schooling, and a critical step to ending extreme poverty.

The project, aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 7, encourages families to read together, expands access to age-relevant reading materials, and increases awareness among government officials, families and communities about the importance of reading to children.
A boy reads a book provided by USAID with his teacher.
A boy reads a book provided by USAID with his teacher.
John Harris, USAID

“Delays in pre-primary literacy negatively impact the cognitive development of a child in school and in life,” said project manager Zuloby Mamadfozilov of the Aga Khan Foundation. “Access to reading materials increases a child’s interest in learning and enthusiasm for reading and prepares children for success in grade one and higher.”

The project trained local Tajik authors and illustrators to develop and write age-appropriate, culturally relevant stories for children, addressing a critical lack of Tajik-language children’s books available in local markets and schools. USAID published 25 books developed by these authors, and helped open nearly 246 mini-libraries, each containing more than 430 Tajik- and Russian-language books. Most newly established mini-libraries are located within existing village schools. However, some schools do not have suitable space and the project received permission to establish reading corners in private homes where residents could go to borrow books.
A boy reads from a USAID story book.
A boy reads from a USAID story book.
Sayora Khalimova, USAID

The project emphasizes the importance of reading to pre-primary children for teachers, librarians and parents, and teaches readers how to actively engage children while reading stories aloud. Readers are taught to stimulate children’s imagination and assess comprehension by asking questions while reading: What do you think will happen next? How do you think the little girl feels about that? What would you do in that situation? Readers also learn to encourage listeners to act out the stories they hear.

USAID has helped train dozens of librarians, who over the course of 2.5 years will reach nearly 15,000 parents and caregivers with active reading techniques through training events that help them understand the importance of reading to children. Taken together, these librarians, parents and caregivers will reach more than 25,000 children across 246 villages in Tajikistan.
A teacher and student read together at a USAID event in Sarband, Tajikistan.
A teacher and student read together at a USAID event in Sarband, Tajikistan.
Sayora Khalimova, USAID

Amida Taqieva’s village is home to one of the mini libraries. Taqieva attended a Reading for Children event where volunteers organized a program of reading, singing, acting and dancing for children and their caregivers. Since then, her children have become the most active readers in the village.

Elvira easily retells stories from library books and knows by heart the rhymes of Ali-fabayi Khudomuz—ABC for self-learners—a book developed by the project. “I have no words to express how happy our kids are with this opportunity,” recalled Taqieva. “I was speechless when I saw my daughter acting and reciting chastushka [traditional humorous songs]. I am so happy that my children have access to good books.”

At home, Taqieva created a reading corner where she reads library books every evening with her children and sometimes her neighbor’s children too. This new passion for reading gives her family a fun way to pass long winter evenings, and lays a foundation of literacy for when Elvira and Safarmamad begin primary school.

To amplify the project’s impact, Bahoriston, the national TV channel for children, agreed to incorporate, at no cost, the USAID-developed stories into a popular children’s program that airs nightly. During this family TV program, one girl narrates excerpts from a story, while two other girls act as characters to bring it alive, creating intrigue and enthusiasm for the books among viewers.
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Aga Khan assists opening of medical and diagnostic center in Dushanbe

Bishkek (AKIpress) - hospital-doc A medical and diagnostic center was opened in the capital of Tajikistan with the assistance of the Aga Khan Health Services in Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

AKDN Resident Representative to Tajikistan Akbar Ali Pesnani said the new center is a contribution of the organization to the healthcare sector reform in Tajikistan.

The medical center is expected to improve access, quality, efficiency of diagnostic services for the population of Dushanbe and its suburbs.

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Mountain communities could help rebuild diverse, climate-resilient crops

World leaders left New York having agreed a framework for the world’s sustainable development, but for mountain communities around the world this action can’t come quickly enough. Climate change is already here, threatening their food security, nutrition and livelihoods.

Indigenous groups and traditional farmers from 21 mountain communities in 10 countries gathered recently in Tajikistan to assess climate change impacts and develop responses to this crisis. The meeting was organised by Asociacion ANDES (Peru), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Aga Khan Foundation’s Mountain Development Support Programme.1

Ahead of the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) biennial International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resource for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) meeting on 5-9 October, 2 the meeting developed solutions that will aid the implementation of the Treaty’s objectives on in-situ conservation and enhance the resilience of indigenous famers in the face of global warming threats.

The implementation of Farmers’ Rights is a key issue on the agenda for the FAO Treaty3 Governing Body meeting in Rome next week.

Farmers’ Rights are increasingly being eroded by the introduction or strengthening of intellectual property rights (IPRs) for plant breeders, since farmers often have no equivalent protection in many countries. 4 As a result, traditional farmers are facing serious challenges and a lack of incentives for sustaining their diverse genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Tajikistan meeting found that mountain communities are already facing drastic changes in their food and farming systems due to extreme and unusual weather patterns, and that these impacts have worsened in the last 18 months. Many are suffering from reduced water availability and increased pests linked to decreasing rainfall and increasing temperatures, however the meeting has already been able to provide some steps towards tackling this.

Local crop varieties are often resistant to droughts and pests, unlike the modern, introduced varieties sold by agricultural institutes and multinational companies. In Tajikistan’s Jafr community, only local fruit trees can survive the worsening drought conditions and heat. In Thailand, wild bees are more resilient to increased heat than introduced varieties.

Traditional knowledge and practices are also becoming increasingly critical to survival.

Diversification is another important response to reduce the risk of crop failure, in terms of the plants themselves, the landscape they are farmed in and mixed production systems. Traditional farming landscapes provide living gene banks where crops can continue to evolve and shift across ecological niches to adapt to climate change.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:25 am    Post subject: Asia Plus - Prince Hussain visits Tajikistan 16 nov 2015 Reply with quote

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Prince Hussain Aga Khan visits Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE, November 16, 2015, Asia-Plus -- Prince Hussain Aga Khan, son of His Highness the Aga Khan, arrived in Dushanbe on November 15 for a three-day working visit, according to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Tajikistan.

During his visit, Prince Hussain will be attending the Workshop on the establishment of the new agency for Habitat - Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) in Dushanbe.

Prince Hussain Aga Khan is the third child and second son of His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims and the Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). Prince Hussain graduated from Williams College (USA) with a Bachelor of Arts degree and has a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where his main area of study was Economic and Political Development with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa.

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH)’s main functions are to ensure that communities live in physical settings that are as safe as possible from the effects of natural disasters, that these settings are conducive for developing livelihood opportunities, providing access to social and financial services and to ensure that communities are able to cope with disasters in terms of preparedness and response. The initial geographical focus of AKAH is on Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Aga Khan Development Network brings together individual agencies that operate in a range of areas – from economic development, education and rural development to cultural revitalization, health care and financial services. Together these agencies collaborate towards a common goal – to build institutions and programs that can respond to the contemporary challenges and opportunities of social, economic and cultural growth in Tajikistan.

Operating in Tajikistan since 1992, AKDN draws on a strong base of experience in working with mountain societies. It works in all regions of the country and employs over 3,500 people through its operations and investments.
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More on Prince Hussain and his previous visits to Tajikistan at:

PRINCE HUSSAIN AGAKHAN

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Prince Amyn Aga Khan visits Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE, November 30, 2015, Asia-Plus -- Prince Amyn Aga Khan, brother of His Highness the Aga Khan, arrived in Dushanbe on November 29, 2015 for a one day working visit, according to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Tajikistan.

Prince Amyn, known worldwide for his prowess in the arts and culture, has for many decades worked with his elder brother, His Highness the Aga Khan on economic, cultural and building initiatives.

Prince Amyn Aga Khan is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Aga Khan Museum. He is also the Chairman of the Executive Committee (and Member of the Board) of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, which initiates and supports economic development activities in Africa and Asia. In addition to these, Prince Amyn also holds several other posts.

Aga Khan Development Network brings together individual agencies that operate in a range of areas – from economic development, education and rural development to cultural revitalization, health care and financial services. Together these agencies collaborate towards a common goal – to build institutions and programs that can respond to the contemporary challenges and opportunities of social, economic and cultural growth in Tajikistan. Operating in Tajikistan since 1992, AKDN draws on a strong base of experience in working with mountain societies. It works in all regions of the country and employs over 3,500 people through its operations and investments.
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Tajik parliament speaker, AKDN resident representative discuss cooperation

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DUSHANBE, May 17, 2016, Asia-Plus – On Wednesday May 17, Mr. Shukurjon Zuhurov, Chairman of the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan’s lower house of parliament), met here with Mr. Akbar Ali Pesnani, Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Tajikistan.

Muhammadato Sultonov, a spokesman for the Majlisi Namoyandagon, says that in the course of the talks Zuhurov appreciated AKDN’s support for enhancement of education, social, health and cultural sectors.

He also expressed gratitude to AKDN for support provided by it to Tajikistan’s professional parliament and the country’s population, Sultonov said.

The Aga Khan Development Network brings together individual agencies that operate in a range of areas – from economic development, education and rural development to cultural revitalization, health care and financial services. Together these agencies collaborate towards a common goal – to build institutions and programs that can respond to the contemporary challenges and opportunities of social, economic and cultural growth in Tajikistan.

Operating in Tajikistan since 1992, AKDN draws on a strong base of experience in working with mountain societies. It works in all regions of the country and employs over 3,500 people through its operations and investments.

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Aga Khan Health Services to open new Medical Center in Khorog

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Translated via Google: Aga Khan Foundation/Health Services in Tajikistan is planning to open a new $24 Million Medical Center in the capital of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province Khorog.

The new medical facility will be operational by December 2018. At first, the medical institution will serve 48 patients a day, then this figure will increase to 254. The center will also cater for the border regions of Afghanistan’s Badakhshan Province.

The Aga Khan Health Service explained that, although the center is a private organization, financial difficulties do not create obstacles to the provision of medical services to the needy.

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Tajikistan, Afghanistan Pamiri Villages Joined by Power Line

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Villages in the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan and Afghanistan have been joined by an electricity transmission line that will bring power to 3,000 Afghans for the first time in their history.

A ceremony to commemorate the event was observed by representatives from the US Embassy and the Aga Khan Foundation, who jointly funded the project, and Tajik and Afghan government officials, a US Embassy said in a statement issued on May 31.

The tortuous road that snakes along the Panj River, which marks the boundary between Tajikistan’s Pamir region and Afghanistan, presents a scene of stark contrasts. Villages on the Tajik side receive steady supplies of electricity from Pamir Energy, an energy company founded in 2002 as a public-private partnership between the government of Tajikistan, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development and the International Finance Cooperation. When night falls, Afghan villages are largely plunged into darkness, while countless electric lights almost a literal stone’s throw away twinkle in the Tajik villages.

The US Embassy statement said that joining the Afghan villages to the electricity grid in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast
was completed with $1 million grant from USAID and a complementary $464,000 contribution from the Aga Khan Foundation.

“In addition to the newly connected villages, the project helped Pamir Energy upgrade its existing systems and infrastructure, laying the groundwork for further expansion and service improvement to customers on both sides of the Tajik-Afghan border,” the statement said.

Similar stories of cross-border cooperation are all too rare, but this precedent is a heartening change from the stories of violence and drug-trafficking more typically associated with the Afghan border.

The US Embassy hailed this development as a boon to local economies and the prospects for children in the Afghan villages.

“Educational outcomes improve as children have light to study by in the evening and during the dark winter months; and a reduction in indoor air pollution means sharp declines in the rate of lung and eye diseases,” it said.

The Afghan side of the Badakhshan region is home to around 950,000 people whose primary source of income is generated from trading crops and livestock.

Trade between the Tajik and Afghan sides of Badakhshan has been greatly enhanced by the creation of a handful of cross-border markets around bridges across the Panj river near the towns of Tem, Darvaz, Langar and Ishkashim.

The economic potential of those markets has been constrained, however, by their only once-weekly operations and regular security scares, which prompt authorities to suspend trading.

Although progress in such matters is slow and halting, initiatives to increase cross-border flows of either goods and now electricity are typically embraced with enthusiasm by local communities. Long may it continue.
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The first journal article on Early Detection and Treatment of Breast Cancer in Khorog, Tajikistan by the Ismaili Physicians with the Aga Khan Health Board for the USA

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The first journal article on Early Detection and Treatment of breast cancer in Khorog, Tajikistan has been published by a team of Ismaili physicians with the Aga Khan Health Board for the USA, entitled:

A Community-Oriented Approach to Breast Cancer in a Low-Resource Setting: Improving Awareness, Early Detection and Treatment of Breast Cancer in Tajikistan
•Zohray Talib MD,
•Irina Shukurbekova,
•Guldarbogh Sadonshoeva MD,
•Alibek Alibekov MD,
•Nekruz Jamshedov BSc,
•Zahir Moloo MD,
•Almas Welji MD,
•Farin Amersi MD,
•liya Amin Muhammad BSc,
•Aliya Jiwani MPH,
•Sheliza Rais MHS,
•Akoyat Nazrishoeva BSN,
•Surayo Ilnazarova BSN,
•Shifo Nuridinova BSN,
•Hafiza Ukani FNP,
•Shireen Alwani MBA,
•Mansoor Saleh MD

The Breast Journal: Volume 22, Issue 3, pages 330–334, May/June 2016 – onlinelibrary.wiley.com
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