Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: The role and impact of Aga Khan Foundation around the world
His Highness the Aga Khan noted, within Islam, I quote, “The role of spirit and the role of the daily life are inseparably intertwined.”
His Highness consistently, thorough the years, has addressed, key principles.
■Quality of Life
■Importance of family and community
■Critical role of civil society in development
■Emphasis on education at all levels
■Imperative of pluralism
— AKF General Manager Michael Kocher
The definition of Early Childhood Education (ECD) is, “from conception to age 8”.
AKDN ECD programmes around the globe ensuring 600,000 children get a good start in life, annually.
— ECD Specialist Sheila Manji
AKF General Manager Michael Kocher and Early Childhood Development Specialist Sheila Manji speak about the Foundation’s work in “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” on 27 November 2015 at the Ismaili Centre, London.
Matt rejoins the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) UK as its new Chief Executive Officer
1 March 2016
Matt rejoins the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) UK as its new Chief Executive Officer, having previously held the position of Director of Programmes. For the last three years, Matt has led the foundation's work in India. In his new role, Matt will expand the foundation's partnerships in the UK and Europe and build greater public awareness about the work of the broader Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
"It is a privilege to lead AKF in the UK after three exciting years in India. Since the UK office was established in 1973, we have raised hundreds of millions of pounds for development initiatives across Central and South Asia, in East and West Africa, and in the Middle East to improve community resilience and the quality of life for millions of people. I am thrilled by the opportunities we have to deepen and diversify support for the range of communities AKDN serves in 30 countries and look forward to raising awareness about this important work."
Matt has a PhD and MA in European History from Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles.
Tinni Sawhney, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) India, in conversation with Matt Reed, CEO AKF UK, discussing how the Foundation is enhancing women’s financial security, improving incomes and promoting access to sanitation that provides both dignity and safety.
The Aga Khan Foundation: An Introduction then a Focus on Central Asia
Monday, November 6, 2017
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Speaker: Dr Matt Reed, CEO, Aga Khan Foundation
We are pleased to welcome Dr Matt Reed, CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK), who will introduce the work of the AKF then focus on their programmes in the Central Asian countries of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.
AKF focusses on four thematic areas: rural development, health, education and civil society. Its activities are intended to improve the quality of life of beneficiary communities by assisting in the struggle against hunger, disease, illiteracy, ignorance and social exclusion. AKF is largely a field-based organisation with programme units located in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Kenya, the Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania and Uganda.
British Expertise International / D Group members: FREE
All others (including CATBIG members): £50+VAT
For more information and to view the event on the British Expertise website, please click here
Aga Khan Foundation & JLF: A conversation with Matt Reed
The Jaipur Bytes podcast, hosted by Lakshya Datta, delivers thought-provoking ideas and meaningful debates from the iconic ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, setting off conversations even when away from the Pink City. Jaipur Bytes is produced by Launchora in association with the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.
The Aga Khan Foundation is once again partnering with the Jaipur Literature Festival @ The British Library this June!
The Jaipur Literature Festival returns to The British Library for its sixth consecutive year from 14-16 June 2019. The Festival presents a unique showcase of South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas, dialogue and debate.
Join us for a vibrant weekend of debate and discussion featuring writers, poets, historians, journalists and more.
Join us at the Jaipur Literature Festival London edition @ the British Library from 14-16 June!
The Jaipur Literature Festival returns to The British Library for its sixth consecutive year from 14 – 16 June 2019. The festival presents a unique showcase of South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas, dialogue and debate.
Join AKF for a vibrant weekend of debate and discussion featuring writers, poets, historians, journalists and more. We’re proud to be participating in and sponsoring four great talks:
The Islamic Enlightenment: Faith and Reason – 11:15am on 15 June in the Piazza Pavillion
Christopher de Bellaigue in conversation with William Dalrymple
A revelatory and game-changing polemic that rewrites everything we thought we knew about the modern history of the Islamic world. Christopher de Bellaigue presents an absorbing account of the political and social reformations that transformed the lands of Islam in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Islamic Enlightenment is an astonishing and revelatory history of Middle Eastern history. Beginning his account in 1798, de Bellaigue demonstrates how Middle Eastern heartlands have long welcomed modern ideals and practices, including the adoption of modern medicine, the emergence of women from seclusion and the development of democracy. With trenchant political and historical insight, de Bellaigue further shows how the violence of an infinitesimally small minority is in fact the tragic blowback from these modernising processes. What makes The Islamic Enlightenment particularly germane is that non-Muslim pundits in the post-9/11 era have repeatedly called for Islam to subject itself to the transformations that the West has achieved since the Enlightenment―the absurd implication being that if Muslims do not stop reading the Qur’an and other holy books, they will never emerge from a benighted state of backwardness. The Islamic Enlightenment, with its revolutionary argument, completely refutes this view and reveals the folly of those demanding modernity from those whose lives are already drenched in it.
The Elephant and the Dragon – 3pm on 15 June in the Piazza Pavilion
Vasuki Shastry, Steve Tsang, Ellen Barry and Lijia Zhang in conversation with Salil Tripathi
While the phenomenal economic rise of India and China is of key interest to economists around the world, the civilisational links between these two ancient cultures are equally fascinating. A session on how the ‘elephant’ and the ‘dragon’ negotiate their relationship with each other and how their growing influence is reshaping the world. Author and expert on Asian economies and public policy Vasuki Shastry, Political scientist and historian Steve Tsang, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ellen Barry and factory worker-turned writer Lijia Zhang discuss the two Asian superpowers and their impact on the world as we know it with author Salil Tripathi.
The Dance of Democracy – 11.15am on 16 June in the Durbar Theatre
Navin Chawla, Mukulika Banerjee and Meghnad Desai in conversation with John Elliott
India is the world’s largest democracy. It has faced daunting challenges, sustaining democratic institutions against all odds. India’s vigorous political system remains credible and sound in its fundamentals, and almost a billion citizens, young and old, exercise their constitutionally given freedom to choose in what remains a disciplined and peaceable process. A session that examines the results of the recent national elections as well as the strengths and fault lines in India’s democratic convictions with Mukulika Banerjee, Navin Chawla and Meghnad Desai in conversation with John Elliott.
Islamic Arts: Multiple Histories, Multiple Expressions – 4.15pm on 16 June in the Durbar Theatre
Zulfikar Hirji, Sussan Babaie, Vivek Gupta and Venetia Porter in conversation with William Dalrymple
Muslims have always had complex artistic responses to their faith, and while some elevated the arts (i.e. visual, musical, and literary) to their greatest heights, others have regarded artistic expressions as opposed to Islam’s doctrines and values. This session examines the very varied historical and contemporary responses to the Islamic arts that Muslims have had and considers the plurality of ways in which the arts have played a critical role in expressing Islamic ideas and concepts.
Reconnecting Afghanistan: a new report by Chatham House
Funded by DFID and the Aga Khan Foundation (UK), this new report examines the challenges inherent in, and the benefits of, regional connectivity in Afghanistan and the wider region. The report looks at a range of cross-border programmes, including AKDN's work, covering areas such as energy and infrastructure, medical tourism, border markets and the creation of cross-border ecosystems, and discusses how these initiatives are strengthening ties between Afghanistan and its neighbours.
The first 360 programme was held in June 2019 by the Aga Khan Foundation UK. A small group of travellers set out on a journey of adventure and personal discovery to witness the impactful work of the Aga Khan Development Network and to immerse themselves in a new culture.
Photography: 360 participants
17 explorers and AKF UK representatives travelled to Tajikistan for the inaugural 360 programme. This programme gave participants the opportunity to explore a country, meet like-minded people and learn more about the work of AKDN through witnessing, first hand, the projects on the ground and the life changing impact they are having on communities.
AKF UK are proud to launch #RunforAKF 2020.
We have secured a number of places in runs across the UK and Europe. From 5k to marathons, take part in a race that suits you:
Asics 10k (July 2020)
Birmingham 10k (May 2020)
Royal Parks Half Marathon (October 2020)
Stockholm Full Marathon (May 2020)
Berlin 10k (May 2020)
Tough Mudder (London, May 2020 + Midlands, June 2020)
Nightrider (June 2020)
Jaipur Literature Festival 2020
The greatest literary show on earth is back! The Jaipur Literature Festival took place in India’s Pink City from 23-27 January 2020. The annual festival presents a unique showcase of South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas, dialogue and debate. AKF was delighted to be sponsoring and participating in seven sessions.
In these unprecedented times, we write to assure you that the Aga Khan Foundation and the agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) are pulling together to find creative and effective solutions to maintain our important work to improve the quality of human life. A cross-AKDN task force is planning how best to harness our institutions and activities in order to help address the various effects of this pandemic on public health, economic well-being, and social cohesion.
First and foremost is ensuring the safety of those we serve – our employees, our beneficiaries, and their neighbours. It is now clear that the single most important action that we can collectively take is to vigorously follow the advice of global health authorities to suppress the spread of the virus. This is why everyone in AKDN is focusing in the first instance on the requirements of “physical distancing” to make sure that we are all protecting ourselves, our families, and our communities. We urge you to do the same, and to join us in spreading this message to those you know.
AKDN's operations are being adapted to complement and reinforce actions by national governments to combat COVID-19. Drawing on our connections to over 50,000 civil society organisations, we are mobilising our wider network of partners and volunteers to promote hand-washing and hygiene, physical distancing, and proper segregation of those who are sick. Through this, we are serving community needs, including support for public policies on self-isolation and quarantine, as well as developing and introducing a spectrum of protocols for prevention, containment and care.
Even as we work with others to impede spread of the virus, AKDN is playing its part in strengthening national health systems and preparing for this rapidly unfolding health crisis. Working together, several AKDN agencies are already treating patients, testing suspected cases, and advising national authorities on their responses and preparedness. AKDN is also engaging with national Ministries of Health on country-specific COVID-19 preparedness plans. The priority is to bolster government diagnostic and care capacities and, where possible, help secure much needed supplies and test kits.
Finally and importantly, AKDN has begun work to prepare for the significant economic challenges that will follow this pandemic, and the long-lasting effects that this will have on the health, livelihoods, and development of everyone living in the regions we serve. In the words of His Highness the Aga Khan this week, addressing the Ismaili community:
"The world is facing a challenging time, and in these moments it is important that the Jamat remains united and focussed on those who will need assistance...We must remain strong and prepare to build, and build well, when this crisis passes."
We thank you for your interest in AKDN and your engagement with us to improve the quality of life, promote pluralism, and enhance civil society. Right now, all of us must do our utmost to slow transmission of COVID-19 and assist those whose lives it will disrupt the most. We wish you all safety and good health during this challenging time.
Matt T. Reed
Chief Executive Officer
Aga Khan Foundation UK
Due to COVID-19 and the accompanying lockdown measures, children around the world have been unable to go to school, in some countries for as long as six months. The Aga Khan Foundation and the Aga Khan Education Services have been at the forefront of responding to this educational crisis by co-designing new solutions with communities, educators, and learners worldwide and adapting their education programming to ensure children can continue to learn, develop and grow during these uncertain times.
Join AKF’s Dr Andrew Cunningham and Nafisa Shekhova and AKES’s Margery Evans to learn about some of the innovative new approaches they are taking to respond to COVID-19, the medium and long-term impact on education globally and how the education sector might respond to these evolving challenges.
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