Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:39 am Post subject: AKDN / AKF INITIATIVES WORLDWIDE
Working towards holistic community development
Aga Khan Development Network project committed to enhancing quality of life
Addresses basic issues of health, education; provides for civic amenities and livelihood needs
Aims to revitalise culture; educational programmes promote pluralism and tolerance
NEW DELHI: The Aga Khan Development Network project is working with the locals living around the Hazrat Nizamuddin basti- Humayun Tomb-Sundar Nursery area to enhance their quality of life.
The Network is a group of private, non-denominational, international development agencies created by the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. The agencies address problems experienced by all citizens irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender or region.
Aimed at building a broad spectrum of human development -- social, economic and cultural -- into a comprehensive strategy, the Network is addressing the basic issues of health, education and livelihood needs, besides improving civic amenities and facilities such as water, toilets, roads and drains and environmental sanitation in the area.
Initiated in July 2007, the urban renewal initiative has been conducting extensive dialogue with divergent stakeholders from the Hazrat Nizamuddin basti, government, non-government and community-based organisations that have helped shape some of the proposed activities in the project.
Guided by the needs and aspirations voiced by the community of the Hazrat Nizamuddin basti, the project is being implemented in partnership with young groups and other community-based organisations with due consideration to issues raised by them. The project encompasses skill training and linkages to livelihood opportunities, encouraging the younger generation to participate in implementation of project activities and providing them with access to employment opportunities.
Establishing a resource centre to provide career advancement opportunities, life skills education, exposure to new technology and concepts, sports and cultural activities besides initiating dialogue and consultation with women to enhance opportunities for sustainable incomes are also key components of the project.
To create a safe and child-friendly learning environment in schools run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the Network is focusing on physical improvement, soft landscaping and optimising available space for learning use. It is also focusing on curriculum enhancement, material development and improved teaching in the school through capacity-building of school staff and placing additional community teachers.
Inclusion of information and communication technologies in school education and as a part of vocational training for out-of-school children and provision of education and learning opportunities through bridge classes, subject enrichment classes in English, Maths and Science are also part of the Network’s agenda.
As the cultural agency of the Network, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture is revitalising culture and improving the overall quality of life in societies where Muslims have a significant presence.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture works to preserve the cultural heritage of the Muslim world – not as a bulwark against the contemporary world but rather to ensure that the rich heritage of these culture endures.
“At the same time, the Trust’s educational programmes promote pluralism and tolerance as an antidote to what I call the clash of ignorance. …. Done well, these collaborations can have a catalytic effect on the revitalisation of communities – raising incomes, restoring pride, improvising the quality of life and restoring hope,” says the Aga Khan.
For years, development institutions focused on narrowly defined goals – without much coordination with organisations outside their discipline. Many thought that rising incomes would lead to development. In AKDN’s experience, however, income disparity is only one aspect of poverty. Other forms can be just as damaging: a lack of access to quality education, the inability to mitigate the effects of disasters, or an absence of effective civil society organisations. As a result, despite gains in income, the overall quality of life remains largely unchanged.
On a visit in the mid-1980s to the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in Pakistan, His Highness the Aga Khan saw that there was a need to bring a variety of inputs and disciplines to bear in a given area. He saw the rural support program expanding naturally into health and education, but he also saw a need for micro-insurance, environmental projects, seismic-resistant home construction, village planning and the restoration of cultural monuments.
The “multi-input” model that has emerged recognises that achieving long-term positive change is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon. For AKDN, successful development occurs when a continuum of development activities offers people in a given area not only a rise in incomes, but a broad, sustained improvement in the overall quality of life.
In Pakistan’s Northern Areas, for example, the activities of the Aga Khan Rural Development Programme (AKRSP) are coordinated with those of other AKDN agencies. While AKRSP built thousands of small infrastructure projects, installed hundreds of micro-hydroelectric plants, planted tens of millions of trees, reclaimed hundreds of hectares of degraded land and mobilized 4,000 community organizations, Aga Khan Health Services complemented these activities by setting up health services. Aga Khan Education Services set up schools and literacy programs. Aga Khan University in Karachi provided education to many bright students who eventually returned to serve their communities as doctors, nurses and teachers. Aga Khan Planning and Building Services created seismic-resistant designs for housing and community centres, set up water and sanitation projects and created over 70 low-cost housing improvements. Focus Humanitarian Assistance, an AKDN affiliate, provided disaster response and mitigation training. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development set up three hotels in the region – economic engines that provide jobs, set service standards and stimulate economic activity through local sourcing. The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance administered thousands of new microfinance loans and pioneered micro-insurance for the poor. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture restored dozens of historic houses, monuments, landmark buildings and public spaces.
Please also see speeches by His Highness the Aga Khan:
Global Philanthropy Forum, 23 April 2009
Enabling Environment Conference, Kabul, 4 June 2007
Opening of the Kabul Serena Hotel, Kabul, 8 November 2005
Please also see excerpts in the media from the Global Philanthropy Forum speech:
Toronto Globe & Mail Commentary, "Looking Beyond the Cities"
Maputo — The giant textile factory Texlom, in the southern Mozambican city of Matola, paralysed for the past decade, will resume production in the near future, according to the Minister of Industry and Trade, Antonio Fernando.
Fernando told AIM "preparations for the factory's relaunch are very advanced. Very soon Texlom will be producing".
The investment required comes from the Aga Khan Foundation, and the textiles produced will be sold on the Mozambican and regional markets. The number of jobs created is about 100, and the workers are mostly women. Currently the staff are undergoing training prior to the take-off.
Fernando said the government has interested another business group in a second paralysed textile factory, Riopele, in Marracuene district, about 30 kilometres north of Maputo. "The investors are already in Mozambique to buy Riopele", he said - but the Minister did not name these investors or give any further details.
The government strategy for the textile and clothing sector, he said, was that anyone who invests in these factories "will benefit from tax exemption from ten years, and will enjoy facilities in importing equipment".
Fernando added that such benefits were common practice in countries with highly developed textile industries, such as China, India and Thailand, and were necessary in order to make Mozambican textiles competitive on the international market. He described these measures as part of the government's efforts to create a more favourable environment for business in Mozambique.
"I believe that with the progress we are making, the industries will be more aggressive and will be able to place their products in the United States, for instance, under the AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) regime, which allows Mozambique to sell its produce in the US free of duty", said Fernando.
Among the textile companies that are already functioning is Texmoque, in the northern city of Nampula, which, after a long period of paralysis, was sold to Tanzanian investors. "That factory is already employing a large number of workers", said the Minister.
Mozambique textile giant resumes operations under new name
www.chinaview.cn 2009-07-14 06:02:31 Print
MAPUTO, July 13 (Xinhua) -- One of Mozambique's largest textile factories Texlom in the southern city of Matola has resumed operations after being paralyzed for several years, according to local media AIM on Monday.
After an investment of about 2.5 million U.S. dollars by the new owners, the Aga Khan Foundation, the factory, now renamed Moztex, is currently operating on an experimental basis.
The factory now employs 260 workers, mostly young girls, but plans to employ about 700 people when it starts full operations. All the workers went through a training course before they were admitted.
Mozambican Minister of Industry and Trade Antonio Fernando visited the factory on Friday and was impressed with the type of technologies installed.
"We hope that these young girls who were and are being trained will assimilate the techniques being taught, because this kind of work demands a lot of efficiency", said Fernando during his visit.
The products of the factory, using machinery imported from Singapore and Japan, will be sold on the European, American, and South African markets. Fernando believed that the Mozambican goods will be competitive.
Representative of the Aga Khan Foundation Rahim Bangy said that two production lines have already been installed, and others will follow. "Our machinery is top quality, and thus we believe that our goods will be well accepted", he said.
The first undersea cable to bring high-speed internet access to East Africa has gone live.
The fibre-optic cable, operated by African-owned firm Seacom, connects South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique to Europe and Asia.
The firm says the cable will help to boost the prospects of the region's industry and commerce.
The cable - which is 17,000km long - took two years to lay and cost more than $650m.
Seacom said in a statement the launch of the cable marked the "dawn of a new era for communications" between Africa and the rest of the world.
The services were unveiled in ceremonies in the Kenyan port of Mombasa and the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam.
The cable was due to be launched in June but was delayed by pirate activity off the coast of Somalia.
“ It's not good. It's hanging and keeps wasting time and frustrating me ”
Kenyan internet user
The BBC's Ben Mwangunda in Dar es Salaam says five institutions are already benefiting from the faster speeds - national electricity company Tanesco, communications company, TTCL, Tanzania Railways and the Universities of Dar es Salaam and Dodoma.
The BBC's Will Ross in Nairobi says the internet revolution trumpeted by Seacom largely depends on how well the service is rolled out across the region.
To the disappointment of many consumers, our correspondent says some ISPs (internet service providers) are not planning to lower the cost of the internet, but instead will offer increased bandwidth.
But businesses, which have been paying around $3,000 a month for 1MB through a satellite link, will now pay considerably less - about $600 a month.
The Kenyan government has been laying a network of cables to all of the country's major towns and says the fibre-optic links will also enable schools nationwide to link into high quality educational resources.
But our correspondent says it is not clear whether the internet revolution will reach the villages, many of which still struggle to access reliable electricity.
Are you in Africa? How will the new broadband cable help you, or your business? Have slow internet speeds been holding you back? Have you noticed any difference in speed today? Send us your comments.
Germany and Norway are jointly funding the modernization of Faisabad Provincial Hospital. The hospital, which is responsible for providing medical care to more than 800,000 people, is in urgent need of repair and modernization. The KfW Entwicklungsbank (KfW development bank) and the Aga Khan Foundation are partners in the project.
Under the terms of the financing agreement, the Federal Foreign Office is contributing 6.3 million euro to the project, which will make it possible to renovate existing buildings, build new, much-needed diagnostic and treatment units and enhance the hospital's training capacity. Norway's contribution (1.3 million euro) is targeted at extending the hospital's maternity facilities.
Faisabad hospital is responsible for the entire north-eastern Province of Badakhshan. Some 820,000 people, the large majority of whom are ethnic Tajiks, live in its catchment area. The hospital currently has 85 beds and employs 129 persons. Neither its buildings nor the quality of the medical care provided satisfy the requirements which are normally placed on a provincial hospital. Its maternity facilities, in particular, urgently need to be extended and improved. According to a UNICEF study, the region's neonatal and maternal mortality rates are depressingly high.
The executing agency is KfW Entwicklungsbank. The planned measures are due to be completed within five years.
Another crucial factor in the project's long-term success is the commitment given by the Aga Khan Foundation to take over the running of the hospital for 30 years. The Foundation is already present on the ground, and is involved in nurse training and local basic healthcare projects. KfW Entwicklungsbank has already been cooperating successfully for many years with the Aga Khan Health Services. The US Development Organization USAID has agreed to fund the running of the hospital.
Kenya's IPS says to list E.African agribusinesses
Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:15pm GMT
By Duncan Miriri
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan private equity group, Industrial Promotion Services (IPS), plans to combine its six agrobusinesses and list the new entity to raise $15 million to $20 million for expansion, the group's managing director said on Tuesday.
Lutaf Kassam said that IPS, owned by the Aga Khan, the spiritual head of the Ismailia community, said it was eyeing early next year to list the new group on the Nairobi Stock Exchange.
"Our timeline was to do it this year ... with the economic climate it is not the right time to go to the market," he said.
The firm said that the listing would allow locals to buy a piece of the business as well as raise funds for expansion.
"We see a huge opportunity for expansion," Kassam said.
IPS aims to combine vegetable-exporter Frigoken, meat processer Farmers Choice, a firm that exports finished leather and Premier Foods, makers of tomato sauce and juices as well as a passion fruit exporter and a company that farms Artemisia, which it sells to Novartis for use in anti-malarial drugs.
Kassam also said that another part of the IPS' portfolio that deals in infrastructure investments could be hived off and sold on the Nairobi bourse once the group of agro-based firms was listed.
Kassam also said that IPS would build a 50 to 75 megawatt wind power project in Kenya together with German utility EnBW.
"The wind power project will take close to a $100 million," he said, adding that the project would be commissioned in early 2011.
He said that there had been a marked change in the Kenyan government's attitude to private power producers since IPS started the first private project in the country, Tsavo Power, in the early part of the decade, and this has enabled IPS to start the wind power project
"The private sector is getting good vibes that they (the government) really mean business. The Kenyan government has finally understood the importance of energy and the need to diversify into greener energy," Kassam said.
IPS, which has a 25 to 75 equity-to-debt ratio gearing in its investments, is also the lead investor in Uganda's $860 million Bujagali hydropower project, Kassam said.
IPS has more than 10,000 employees in the region.
IPS also has a stake in the SEACOM undersea fibre-optic cable project and is a major player in power generation projects in the east African region.
Kassam said IPS wanted to invest in Rwanda's methane to electricity project on Lake Kivu and was looking in to how to proceed.
"On paper, conceptually, it (methane to electricity) is very sexy, but the trick now is to find implementation and to move ahead," he said.
Other Aga Khan groups operating in east Africa include Nation Media and hotelier TPS Eastern Africa.
Jubilee Insurance profit grows by Ksh 344m
Written By:Rose Kamau , Posted: Fri, Aug 21, 2009
Jubilee Holdings Ltd has announced an increase in revenue and profit for the first six months of 2009.
The Group's half year gross revenue increased by 15.6% to Ksh 4.9 billion while the profit rose by 8.7% to Ksh 344 million.
The Chairman of Jubilee Holdings Nizar Juma attributed Jubilee's continued good performance to the strengthening of the group's leadership position in the East African region.
"Jubilee has a strong presence in East Africa. We are the number one insurer in Kenya, Uganda and East Africa. We are convinced of the group's strategic growth focus and continue to explore avenues of growth in our line of business and regional expansion into other East African countries," Juma said.
Jubilee, in partnership with the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI), now offers a cover against Political Violence, Terrorism and Sabotage Risks to its clients in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritius, Burundi and Rwanda.
Prior to this, South Africa was the only country in Africa where political risks were covered.
Jubilee has also extended its medical franchise into Tanzania and Uganda and Juma says it will soon launch a retail medical product in Kenya.
He said Jubilee is also developing its long term business through introduction of market driven savings products that target its clients' education and asset building needs.
"Our good revenues, profits and growth levels as a company may also be attributed to the improvement in our internal systems and procedures," he added.
He said Jubilee Kenya has been awarded an ISO 9001: 2008 certification in acknowledgment of its systems competence in service delivery.
The company announced an interim dividend of 20% (Kshs 1) per share for its clients.
Jubilee Insurance is an affiliate of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, the economic arm of the Aga Khan Development Network and is the only ISO certified insurance based financial institution listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, Uganda Securities Exchange and Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange.
AIR UGANDA RESUMES IT’S MORNING FLIGHTS
September 7th, 2009 · No Comments
By Nakiboneka Halimah
Uganda Safaris and Travel Guide News Reporter
Air Uganda will on September 7 resume its morning flight from Entebbe to Nairobi and vise versa, which it had suspended a year ago. The reintroduction of the morning flights is expected to reinforce Air Uganda’s stature on one of the most lucrative routes in the region.
The announcement of the return of the morning flights came over the weekend as the airline introduced another aircraft to its growing fleet.
Jennifer Musime Bamuturaki, Air Uganda Head of sales and marketing said with the re-introduction of our morning flight, Air Uganda is now in a better position to serve their clients and provide them with great value for money fares and a more attractive convenient schedule that enables them to do a day’s business in Nairobi and make more flights to other airlines at Jomo Kenyatta Airport.
The morning flight had been suspended after a rise in oil prices and a dip in passenger numbers hurt the company’s revenue. That suspension, announced in July 2008, left Air Uganda with only the evening flight.
The new morning flight will leave Entebbe at 6:45 am and arrive in Nairobi at 7:45am. In Nairobi, Air Uganda will leave at 8:15 am and arrive at Entebbe one hour later.
Air Uganda also flies to Juba, Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar. The company has three aircraft at the moment, with two more expected by the end of the year.
Uganda makes blood pressure drugs
Wednesday, 16th September, 2009
By Ronald Kalyango
UGANDA has started manufacturing Amlodipine, the drug which reduces high blood pressure to normal. The drug is being manufactured under the brand name, Cardipac, by Kampala Pharmaceutical Industries (KPI), a drug manufacturing company which is part of the Aga Khan Development Network.
Launching the drug at Pearl Afrique Hotel in Gulu district on Saturday, KPI’s business development manager Antony Kuria said the drug helps patients with high blood pressure live long.
Kuria said hypertension is a silent killer because it does not get as much attention as other diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS.
Kuria said the drug was launched at a cost 50% lower than many imported brands. The chairman of the Uganda Diabetes Association (UDA), Prof. Marcel Otim, who is also the head of the endocrine unit at the department of medicine at Mulago, said high blood pressure is a serious problem to patients suffering from diabetes.
Studies carried out by Otim at the Kadiac Diabetes Centre, showed that up to 63% of patients with diabetes suffered from high blood pressure, a condition he referred to as the metabolic syndrome.
This is because diabetes tends to weaken the walls of the heart and arteries. Kuria gave 36,000 Cardipac and 5,000 formin tablets to Otim to be used for treating patients at Gulu University Teaching Hospital.
Alice Lamwaka, a practitioner at the hospital, said there were over 2,000 diabetic and 15,000 high blood pressure patients in the district. The Gulu district chairperson, Nobert Mao, asked the Government to give priority to non-communicable diseases as it does with malaria, tuberclosis and HIV/AIDS
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a major sponsor of the Governors’ Global Climate Summit, being held 30 September 30 – 2 October 2009 in Los Angeles.
The objectives of the conference are to “deepen and broaden cooperative efforts by sub-national governments to implement strategies that can immediately grow a green economy, increase the use of sustainable clean energy, reduce dependence on oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in advance of, and in support of, the next global agreement on climate change.”
AKDN works in areas of the developing world where poor people are already suffering the impact of environmental degradation. In AKDN's experience, the challenge of improving environmental conditions lies not in an inherent conflict between humans and the natural world, but in the penury of natural resources that often forces people to consume the few environmental assets available to them. These conditions often create a downward spiral that results in deeper poverty, depleted soils, deforested hills, polluted water and disease.
Within the AKDN, the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Fund for the Environment is a centre for environmental activities.
The Fund’s activities include natural resource management and security against natural risks such as landslides, rural development in fragile natural environments and related programmers in the fields of health, housing and the built environment, education and the strengthening of civil society. The Fund’s activities highlight the linkages between poverty and the penury of natural resources. It promotes the management and development of sustainable natural resources through education, area development and related research that addresses existing issues in the developing world. The intention is to assist populations that are most threatened by their natural surroundings, while working to protect fragile ecosystems that are vulnerable to the effects of poorly planned human activity. Another goal of the Fund will be to enhance natural environments that can be made more productive.
The Fund strives to maintain the values, philosophy and expertise of the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan and the Bellerive Foundation, the international environmental NGO he founded in 1977 and chaired along with his wife, Princess Catherine.
For more information about AKDN Environment activities, please see the Environment page.
For more information about the Governors’ Global Climate Summit, please see their website.
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) - Mozambique a recepient of USAID grant to fight Malaria...
U.S. Announces Community Grant Awards to Fight Malaria
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October 6, 2009
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced over $10.5 million in grants to seven organizations working in six countries in Africa to extend malaria prevention and control activities in communities most affected by the disease, particularly children under age 5 and pregnant women. The grants were provided through the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), an interagency initiative led by USAID with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as key partners.
The Malaria Communities Program (MCP), a $30 million initiative created under PMI, is providing these grants to support the efforts of communities and indigenous organizations to combat malaria in Africa. The program specifically aims to identify organizations that are new to partnering with the U.S. government and are uniquely positioned to work at the community level. The program also seeks to increase local and indigenous capacities to undertake community-based malaria prevention and treatment activities and to build local ownership of malaria control for the long term. MCP grant recipients will operate within respective PMI country strategies, which have been developed in collaboration with each country's Ministry of Health and National Malaria Control Program, with in-country partners, and with other donor organizations working in-country.
"I am committed to expanding the work of nongovernmental and faith-based organizations, and other community based entities to reach people with the tools and knowledge to control malaria," said R. Tim Ziemer, U.S. Malaria Coordinator. "The key to saving lives, especially children, is to expand proven approaches and interventions until they reach each and every child who needs them."
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) - Mozambique
AKF, in partnership with Progresso and the country's Ministry of Health (MoH), will implement a three-year, $1.48 million malaria prevention and treatment project targeting nine districts in the Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique. The program will directly reach 400,000 people, including an estimated 110,000 pregnant women and children under 5 by delivering malaria prevention and education programs increasing access to ACTs, and promoting household ownership and proper use of ITNs. The program aims to promote sustainable malaria control in the target areas by strengthening community capacities for health promotion activities and treatment services, and by establishing strong linkages between communities and government health care services.
AKDN signs agreement with Italian Civil Aviation Authority
October 18, 2009
Posted by ismailimail in Aga Khan IV, Fund for Economic Development.
October 18, 2009 – President of ENAC (Italian Civil Aviation Authority) Vito Riggio and His Highness the Aga Khan (Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development) signed Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation for development projects in civil aviation in Central Asia (Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan) and Western and Southern Africa (Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania).
Air Mali (3rd) (formerly Compagnie Aerienne du Mali) (Group Celestair) (Bamako) added ex-AVIANCA McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) TZ-RMK (msn 53463, ex N160BS). The new type is now painted in the Air Mali version of the Group Celestair color scheme. The flag carrier was formed by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) through its subsidiary IPS and the government of Mali in April 2005. The inaugural flight was June 7, 2005 from Bamako to Mopti and Gao with a DHC-8. The company rebranded as Air Mali on May 15, 2009.
CHITRAL: A rupees one billion, Norwegian funded, Chitral Integrated Area Development Programme was launched in the district on Tuesday.
Launching the project at a function, Norwegian ambassador Robert Clay said his country had old relation with this remote but beautiful region. “We have a long relationship with you. Expeditions from Norway visited Chitral way back in 1929, 1949, and 1969 in a bid to conquer Terichmir,” the envoy said.
Some of the members of the expedition teams also wrote books about the peculiar culture of this beautiful region, he said. “Chitral Integrated Area Development Programme is our fourth bid to interact with the peaceful people of this area,” he added.
The ambassador hoped that the people of Chitral would take full advantage of the project. “We want the people of Chitral developed economically and have no other ambition,” he added. Commandant of Chitral Scouts, district coordination officer and representatives of civil society organisations were present on the occasion.
It was astonishing that none of the elected representatives including MNA and MPAs were present during the launching ceremony of the vital project. The representatives of the implementing partners AKDN, IUCN and SRSP were also found questioning the modus operandi of the project
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