Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:08 am Post subject: Diplomatic bilateral agreement with Brazil
The Federative Republic of Brazil and the Ismaili Imamat - the office of the Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims today signed a Protocol of Intentions to support development activities as part of their joint efforts to support the fight against poverty, during the official two-day visit of President of Brazil Lula da Silva to Mozambique.
The agreement of international scope, was signed by the Ambassador of Brazil, Mr. Antonio de Souza e Silva, on behalf of the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil; and the Ambassador and Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), Mr. Nazim Ahmad, on behalf of the Ismaili Imamat.
The ceremony took place in the presence of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Mr. Celso Amorim.
The ceremony was attended by senior government officials, diplomats and representatives of the AKDN.
The agreement reaffirms the commitment to jointly contribute to the social and economic upliftment of developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, including the member countries of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries. Under the agreement, both parties agree to share knowledge and development experience in order to promote programmes, projects and technical cooperation for benefit of developing countries.
Both parties also commit to stimulate a joint action plan with a view to carrying out development initiatives in developing countries of mutual interest, namely in Central and South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.
During the signing ceremony of the agreement, the Ambassador of Brazil emphasised the importance of the act “as this Protocol of Intentions is applicable not only for Mozambique, but also for other developing countries where the Aga Khan development Network is active.”
“This is a considerable achievement and will significantly enhance our development capacity in Mozambique and other developing countries” said Nazim Ahmad. (AKDN - Maputo, Mozambique, 10 November 2010)
The Ismaili Imamat The Ismaili Imamat is a hereditary institution of Muslim leadership, linked to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) by direct lineal descent through Hazrat Ali, his cousin and son in law. The line of Ismaili Imams has continued uninterrupted by hereditary succession from Hazrat Ali through to the present, 49th Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan. The Aga Khan is the founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of nine non-denominational development agencies working in over 25 countries around the world, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East, to empower communities and individuals to improve their living conditions and opportunities. The Network’s agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development for all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or faith. The AKDN employs approximately 60,000 people, the majority of whom are based in developing countries, and has an annual budget for non-profit development activities of approximately US$ 450 million.
Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:17 am Post subject: Ismaili Afghanistan Ambassador, speech and award in May 2018
Ismaili Ambassador for Afghanistan Her Excellency Nurjahan Mawani received, an award
Ismaili community Ambassador Nurjehan Mawani, under the Diwan of the Ismaili Imamat was honored by the American University of Afghanistan with an Honorary Doctorate as a Transformational Leader
She advocates ethics, inclusion, humility working together -
“ a steadfast commitment to the ethic of inclusiveness and a sincere interest in capacity-building. It is a deep understanding that to truly ‘excel,’ at something as an individual will require optimal participation of the whole and the humility that allows everyone to perform at their best.”
She adds “human progress is inextricably linked to human cooperation,” and as the proverb says: when you move alone, you move fast; when you move together you move forward.”
She served the community and her mandate comes from the Ismaili constitution and Firmans - Guidances of Imam H H The Agakhan. Firmans & constitution are given by H H the Aga Khan for the collective and inclusive interest of the community. These are to be given to every Member of the community. *** Firmans inclusively, are defined as “ any pronouncement, direction, order or ruling made or given by Mawlana Hazar Imam “ - Aga Khan (Ismaili constitution)
Acceptance Speech by Her Excellency Ambassador Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani - representing the Ismaili community in Afghanistan - 11 May 2018
President, Dr. Kenneth M. Holland Provost, Dr. Belnap University Founder, Dr. Fayez Chair of the AUAF, Dr. Akram Fazel, Excellencies Distinguished Faculty, Guests and Colleagues Proud Parents
And above all, Dear Graduands
Assalam-o Alaikum, Good Morning and Chast Bakhair to you all
I am deeply touched by your warm welcome and generous remarks. Today, I accept this honour with the utmost gratitude and humility, conscious of the great distinction and achievements of past recipients.
It is a privilege to be associated with a University that strongly supports academic excellence, meritocracy and diversity. I am so pleased to be standing here surrounded by young Afghan graduates who hail from every province in the country and so many young women as well! The graduates here today are from numerous disciplines including: Business, Information Technology and Computer Science, Law, Political Science and Public Administration, preparing you to meet the needs of Afghanistan.
One of the very moving student testimonials I read captures the optimism that this university generates in spite of the tragedy that shook this campus community. The student noted: “I came back to AUAF because I believe in change, I believe in bringing about positive changes for my country and people. AUAF is an institution that can help me to become a change maker and pursue my goals and dreams. The AUAF community overcame its challenges to re-open the university.”
Right here in front of us, we see the hope and bright future of Afghanistan. It is an Afghanistan that embraces equality, an Afghanistan that values human progress and an Afghanistan that cherishes a pluralistic outlook.
Afghanistan is in its ‘Transformation Decade,’ and with that comes a preoccupation with government’s role on reform, good governance and self-reliance. However, we must not overlook the important role of civil institutions in this transformation with the Government creating an ‘enabling’ environment for a thriving civil sector that is essential in renewing the promise of democracy.
Governments alone cannot make democracy work. Private initiative is also essential, including a vital role for those institutions which are collectively described as “civil society.” Citizens too must play their part.
Modern societies require greater focus on education to build democratic competence for leaders and the electorate and universities play a vital role in this.
In addition to shaping tomorrow’s leaders, universities also have the power to transform perceptions within a society. Often, it is perceptions that will shape one’s sense of reality, clouding judgement. In its short history, the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF’s) has demonstrated its commitment to enlighten. This university has created safe spaces for dialogue where one does not demonize another’s point of view. Its faculty and graduates are committed to achieving academic excellence, understanding, meritocracy and the delivery of the highest standard of education that this country needs. Therefore receiving this honour is very meaningful.
Within the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the Aga Khan University and the University of Central Asia (UCA) embody the same ideals of institutional and individual excellence, a cosmopolitan ethic, and prepare their graduates as future leaders to serve the needs of their countries and regions.
In this region, UCA’s mission is to specifically address the economic and social challenges of mountain societies through the power of education and human ingenuity. This institution was established by international treaty between the Governments of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan. Integral to this were partnerships to intellectually bridge the imposing mountain terrain, including in Afghanistan, such as that between UCA and Badakhshan University. Indeed, the power of partnerships is further exemplified upon the discovery that the UCA campus site in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan is partially situated on a rich archaeological site. With no archaeologist of their own, UCA brought on an American University of Central Asia (AUCA) Associate Professor and Archaeologist, Dr. Aida Abdykanova, to lead the successful excavation and preservation efforts. And we look forward to furthering collaborations between our institutions.
Leadership and Pluralism
An important goal of quality education is to prepare each generation to participate effectively in what has been called, ‘the great conversation of our times.’ This means on the one hand, being unafraid of controversy. But it also means being sensitive to the values and outlooks of others. Remember that the spark that bestows individuality also bonds individuals in a common humanity.
At the opening of the Global Centre for Pluralism in Canada, His Highness stated that, “Pluralism does not mean the elimination of differences, but the embrace of differences. Genuine pluralism understands that diversity does not weaken a society, it strengthens it. In an ever-shrinking, ever more diverse world, a genuine sense of pluralism is the indispensable foundation for human peace and progress.”
Acknowledging the increased importance given to respect for diversity, as individuals it will be our responsibility to foster this spirit of connection. You as the new leaders of Afghanistan, have a responsibility to engage with one another and to build a better future together.
This will require a steadfast commitment to the ethic of inclusiveness and a sincere interest in capacity-building. It is a deep understanding that to truly ‘excel,’ at something as an individual will require optimal participation of the whole and the humility that allows everyone to perform at their best.
This is often referred to as the ‘multiplier effect,’ or the ability of one flame to light another.
Afghan History and Cultural Heritage
In our increasingly globalized world, you will find that many of your strongest values – respect, partnership, justice, harmony – are rooted in Afghanistan’s rich history and your country’s cultural heritage. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, (AKTC) the cultural agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, focuses on historic and cultural restoration, preservation and urban regeneration projects.
AKTC has demonstrated here, as it has in other parts of the world, that culture can be a catalyst for development. The safeguarding of historic landmarks such as Bagh-e Babur gardens in Kabul, serve as spaces for recreation, contemplation, education and inspiration and opportunities for cultural connection and dialogue. Our identities may define who we are, but our history help us to understand where we come from. Afghanistan at the crossroads of civilization on the silk route, provided enlightened interaction amongst peoples that transcended faith, ethnicity and languages, providing a gateway for illuminated ideas, art and culture.
This is why I was so pleased to learn about the American University’s new initiative – the Afghan Cultural Heritage Preservation Project. In alignment with AKTC’s work, the AUAF recognises and embraces how conservation and revitalization of cultural heritage can provide a springboard for social development. How such projects can have a positive impact well beyond conservation; promoting good governance, the growth of civil society, a rise in incomes and economic opportunities, greater respect for human rights and better stewardship of the environment.
In addition to historic sites, Afghanistan has an astonishing intangible culture. AUAF’s Cultural Heritage Preservation Project will greatly contribute to the much-needed transmission of the country’s inherited traditions including oral traditions, crafts, rituals and practices and living expressions. Intangible culture is much more than a ‘cultural good,’ it is an underlying factor of sustaining cultural diversity against the backdrop of globalization.
Personal Journey, Education, Globalization
Little did I know, growing up in Mombasa, Kenya how globalization would impact my life and that one day I would be standing here in front of you delivering the commencement address! At the time, Afghanistan was a distant country that existed only on the map in my geography, conjuring images of Alexander the Great, fallen empires and ancient ruins.
It was in colonial Africa at the time, that I witnessed firsthand the damage that a divisive society can cause. The political, social and economic environment was exclusionary and presented huge inequities. An institution that played a formative role in my life was my Aga Khan School from kindergarten to Grade 12. Although operating in a segregated context, the school embraced a ‘cosmopolitan ethic,’ where difference was seen as an opportunity and not a threat.
As I became increasingly politically aware in my teens of the differences of treatment based on racial, economic and social parameters, this deeply impacted me to pursue a career focused on restoring human dignity and empowering those less fortunate. I chose law and completed my legal training in the UK. Post-studies, it was through mobilizing that training and volunteer energies that I, together with colleagues, began a community-based legal advice centre, assisting refugees and immigrants to regularize their status and to reunite with their families.
My first encounter with people from Afghanistan came soon after my appointment as Chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada in 1992. It was a time of opportunity in my career to make a difference but also one of trepidation as my colleagues and I grappled with the notion that the fate of countless refugee claimants, many of whom were from Afghanistan, was in our hands. The situation called for innovative ways to fast-track these cases within the law. Sometimes we have to step outside of our comfort zone, be imaginative and take risks to find appropriate responses.
Another area where it was necessary to lead change pertained to the recognition of gender-related persecution within the Geneva Convention. The authority vested in me by the law as the Chair, enabled me to issue the first set of international guidelines on Women Refugee Claimants Fearing Gender-Related Persecution which took into account the unique ways in which women experience violence and conflict. This groundbreaking work in Canada relied on evidence-based study and analysis, supported by international legal frameworks to bridge gaps between law and policy, working across multiple levels and sectors simultaneously. However, not everyone was convinced. There was resistance based on fear and at the same time support based on an understanding of the need to protect the most vulnerable and at-risk claimants. What I learnt from this experience was how to mobilize this support to outweigh the resistance. This tested everything that I had learned from kindergarten. To confront the challenges that you will face, you will need to use your knowledge, your critical-thinking skills, draw on values of patience and persuasion and moral courage for you will need all of these attributes and more to guide you to stay the course.
To the Graduands:
A graduation is a time of celebration but it is also a time of reflection.
What is it that will set you apart as an individual in a highly competitive, globalized world?
Authenticity: Your actions have to be guided by your values. It is not only your academic achievements but your moral imperatives that will define you. 2) Knowledge: Seek new knowledge at every opportunity and use your critical-thinking along with your ethical sensibilities to embrace that knowledge and share it with others. 3) Equip Yourself: You may find yourself more often than not confronted by situations of resistance and adversary when attempting to stay the course. Equip yourself and work on building and sustaining a supportive community of individuals around you that will mentor, empower and enable you to perform as your best-self.
This is a world where the ideals we grew up with, aspirations for a kinder, gentler, fairer and more compassionate world are needed now more than ever. Retain those ideals and stand firm to them. No matter what you do from here on – your families, communities, colleagues and country will look to you for expertise, knowledge and compassion.
I would like to leave you with this sentiment: “human progress is inextricably linked to human cooperation,” (1) and as the proverb says: when you move alone, you move fast; when you move together you move forward.
Thank you very much for allowing me to participate in and sharing this very special day with all of you.
Tashakhur and Kudafiz.
Ismaili Ambassadors and AKDN country representative
Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:30 am Post subject: President of Afghanistan meets Ismaili Ambassador H E Mawani
The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the meeting was organized in ARG Presidential Palace on Saturday morning.
The statement further added that two sides discussed the implementation of projects by Aga Khan Development Network in various countries in energy, communications, and agriculture.
According to ARG Palace, President Ghani and Ambassador Mawani also discussed facilitation for the implementation of similar projects in Afghanistan.
President Ghani said the relevant authorities will provide the required facilities for the Aga Khan Foundation and other private investors to invest in Afghanistan.
The Aga Khan Development Network has played a key role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan during the past several years.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed for the implementation of a project for social, economic, and environmental development in the areas located along Kabul River by acting Finance Minister Dr. Humayoun Qayoumi, acting Urban Develoment Minister Roshan Wolasmal, Charrge d’Affairs of the Embassy of Germany Christophe Pilix, and the head of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Ajmal Maiwandi.
The project would be funded by the government of Germany with an aim to develop the social and economic infrastructures of Kabul, having an estimated value of 18.058 million Euros.
According to ARG Palace, the project include renovation and construction of Industrial Machinery Enterprise, social, economic, and environmental development in the areas along Kabul River, including Deh Afghanan, Andarabi, Joi Sher, the first and second districts of Chendawol, preservation of cultural heritages including local development councils, reconstruction of the general and green areas and establishment of a perspective for economic development through professional training in handicraft and other industries in Jangalak training center.
Aga Khan Development Network representative Doctor Azim Lakhan paid a courtesy call on CAS @AbabuNamwamba in his office yesterday. The two discussed President Kenyatta's Big Four Agenda especially on food security and the expansion of Aga Khan Hospital.
“We need a robust coordination mechanism as a precondition to achieve objectives of both the national priority programs of the government. So here you have the alignment with the government and the national priority. Social accountability is a must on service delivery and the communities’ voice plays a very important role for better service delivery,” NurJahan Mawani, Ambassador and Special Representative of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
AKDN Diplomatic Representative Calls On Deputy Foreign Minister
KABUL— Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met with the Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Ms. Nurjehan Mawani this morning.
Ambassador Mawani paid this courtesy call to brief Deputy Minister Zaman on AKDN’s areas of engagement and exchange views on new role’s the mission could play in Afghanistan.
At the outset, the Deputy Foreign Minister recalled with appreciation the projects carried out by the development network highlighting the restoration works on historical heritages.
The meeting also focused on Kabul Process 3rd meeting, presidential elections and the ongoing peace process and related regional activities.
On the status of progress in the peace process, the Deputy Minister, recalling the second meeting of the Kabul Process, briefed the AKDN representative on the Afghan government’s stance with regard to the negotiations in the context, as well as the next Kabul Process meeting.
Ambassador Mawani described the Afghan government’s recent activities in the security area including strategy shift as “a note of hope”. She also welcomed the Kabul Process meeting agenda expressing the mission’s support.
The two sides also exchanged views on the role of culture in securing sustainable peace.
Ambassador Mawani reiterated the AKDN’s commitment to the stability of Afghanistan through contribution to the improvement of life.
AKDN Representative recognised for contribution to development of Naryn
AKIPRESS.COM - In recognition of the contribution of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to the social and economic development of Naryn, and his leadership of this effort, Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Diplomatic Representative of AKDN was conferred Honorary Citizenship of Naryn Oblast as well as Naryn Town on 30 April in Bishkek.
Mr. Amanbay Kayipov, the Governor of Naryn Oblast and Mr. Emilbek Alymkulov, Mayor of Naryn Town along with Mr. Jyrgalbek Botokanov, Chairman of Naryn Town Council presented the honours to Dr. Kassim-Lakha during the Tenir-Too (Naryn) Investment Forum, in the presence of some 400 guests including Members of Parliament, Government officials, social activists, business leaders and artists from Naryn Oblast.
“We are delighted to formally acknowledge the personal attention and contribution of Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha to the development of our Oblast. This honour reflects his vigorous efforts in leading the AKDN towards improving the quality of life of the people and encouraging other development partners from across the country and beyond to support Naryn,” noted Mr. Amanbay Kayipov.
Minister Zaman Receives Credentials of New AKDN Envoy for Afghanistan
Saturday, November 02, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Idrees Zaman, had a courtesy meeting with the newly assigned diplomatic Representative of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to Kabul Sheherazada Hijri on Thursday, a MoFA statement said yesterday.
Hijri presented her credentials to the Acting Foreign Minister and stated, “I am pleased to be working as the representative of this Institution in Afghanistan.” Also, she briefed minister Zaman on the future plans of AKDN, the statement added.
Minister Zaman, correspondingly, appreciated the efforts and cooperation of this Institution in Afghanistan, according to the statement.
President Ghani appointed Idrees Zaman as acting minister of foreign affairs after former minister Salahuddin Rabbani resigned from his position.
“Acting Foreign Minister met with newly appointed Diplomatic Representative of Aga Khan Development Network Ms. Sheherazada Hijri KABUL – Acting Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mr. Idrees Zaman, had an introductory meeting with the newly assigned Diplomatic Representative of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to Kabul, Afghanistan past President of the Council for Ontario Ms. Sheherazada Hijri. Ms. Hijri presented her credential to the Acting Foreign Minister and stated, “I am pleased to be working as the representative of this Institution in Afghanistan.” Also, she briefed Mr. Zaman on the future plans of AKDN. Mr. Zaman, correspondingly, appreciated the efforts and cooperation of this Institution in Afghanistan.
Courtesy: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:23 am Post subject: Ismaili Ambassadors - Constitutional structure
The Ismaili Ambassadors (AKDN country representatives) are governed under the constitutional Department of Diplomatic Affairs (DDA)which is in turn under the Department of Jamati (Community), Institutions (DJI). DDA has been based at Aiglemont in France and is moving permanently to Lisbon.
The delegation of the Ismaili Imamat (constitutional entity) , in ottawa Canada is the de facto embassy for Canada. The Ismaili ambassador for Canada is M Eboo, who has multiple positions under DJI and DDA.
Members of the executive committee and Boards of DJI and DDA include Shafik Sachedina, Arif Lalani, Mohammed Eboo, Amyn Kasim Lakha, M Keshavjee, Amyn Kassim Lakha, E Rupani. A list of the members of these Ismaili constitutional Boards are not listed, or provided to members of the community on request. Nor the full constitution and constitutional documents of these bodies of the community. This is contrary to the Ismaili constitution, directions and Farmans of His Highness the Aga Khan, also on ethics, best practice, accountability, transparency and governance.
If anyone has a full list of all the members and executive of DDA and DJI, can you upload them on this forum, or send them to editors at firstname.lastname@example.org
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