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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Video Quote: MHI on Long Term Impact of AKDN Initiatives



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Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan on the opening of Alltex EPZ Limited at Athi River, Kenya, 19 December 2003.
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Video Quote: AKDN Involvement in Social and Cultural Activities

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Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Nouvel Economiste Philanthropic Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Award.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Youth Empowerment Project, Kenya 2017-2019



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A look back on the successes our 3 year EC-funded programme that aims to connect youth to job opportunities in Northern Kenya.

This programme ran between 2016 and 2019 in Northern Kenya in the counties of Lamu, Garissa and Mandera. The programme was designed in response to the burgeoning youth unemployment problem that was impacting the quality of life of the younger generation. AKF worked with local governments and CSOs to build the capacity of local institutions making them more equipped to address and respond to the needs of the marginalised. Through YEP, over 5,000 youth were equipped with the skills and tools to access jobs, finance and civic opportunities.
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Amade Ussene: These keys unlock five things we take for granted

These are the keys to a lock box where 12 members of a savings group in Mozambique are investing their earnings. With the return on their investments, they have been able to make basic improvements to their homes, like a freezer, an oven, a table and chairs, bowls and plates, and a roof that does not leak.

Here is how it works:

There are no banks on the isolated island of Ibo, Mozambique. Without basic banking services like savings accounts and loans, it is hard to invest in the future. So, with the help of the Aga Khan Foundation, members of this community have connected through a savings group.

Once a week, they meet to save their earnings in a lockbox. The box is locked with three locks, and the keys are held by three members.

Each member saves about 200 Meticals (about five dollars) per week. Their individual savings are tracked with stamps in a deposit book.

Members have the option to borrow from the accumulated savings, which they pay back with 10% interest.

Once a year, the group does a “cash out” – every member withdraws their savings, plus interest earned.

With their savings and added interest, they are able to make significant purchases to improve their lives. And then the savings cycle begins again.

Amade was able to fix the roof on the home he shares with this mother.

https://www.akdn.org/our-stories/amade-ussene-these-keys-unlock-five-things-we-take-granted

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There are no banks on the isolated island of Ibo, Mozambique. Without basic banking services like savings accounts and loans, it is hard to invest in the future. So, with the help of the Aga Khan Foundation, members of this community have connected through a savings group.
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Economic development that helps people and societies fulfil their potential

The AKDN undertakes a broad spectrum of activities to stimulate economic growth and development in the countries where it works. Whether it is supporting community-based savings groups or accelerating the growth of small enterprises, or engaging in small- and large-scale infrastructure projects or promoting tourism and tourism-based employment, or restoring historic world monuments and other cultural assets that spark local economies, or investing in national media to provide independent voices for civil society, the underlying principle is the same: To create opportunities for economic growth while developing local human resources over time and contributing to the overall improved quality of life.

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https://www.akdn.org/gallery/economic-development-helps-people-and-societies-fulfil-their-potential
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Google translation of the article in Portuguese:
https://the.ismaili/portugal/schools-2030-website-j%C3%A1-online

Schools 2030: Website now online

"Schools 2030" is a new global program from the Aga Khan Foundation, which will constitute a longitudinal study, based on an action-research logic, and which will be developed in 100 learning contexts in 10 countries, in the next 10 years, seeking to identify and supporting "what works" to implement holistic learning for all.

The new website of the project is already online, for now, only in English, but with content in the languages ​​of the participating countries expected soon: https://www.schools2030.org/
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AKDN Portugal partners with Oeiras City Council to support Lusophone Africa in wake of COVID-19 pandemic



The Aga Khan Development Network today partnered with the Oeiras Municipal Council to provide medical and individual protection equipment to Guinea-Bissau, in support to the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The contribution is the first of a series of five in-kind contributions to Lusophone Africa.

In a joint initiative envisaging cooperation with African Portuguese-speaking Countries (PALOP), the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Oeiras Municipal Council, contributed 2 ventilators, 50,000 surgical masks, 50,000 pairs of gloves, 2,000 reusable masks and 12 infrared thermometers to Guinea-Bissau.

The material will be delivered to the Guinean health authorities in an effort to support the Guinean National Health Institute and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in their response towards the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

The contribution was made to the Ambassador of Guinea-Bissau in Lisbon. Mr. Hélder Vaz, by the Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat, Nazim Ahmad, and the Vice-President of the Oeiras Municipal Council, Mr. Francisco Rocha Gonçalves, at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat.

This is the first of a series of in-kind contributions that will be made to several Lusophone countries in Africa, namely Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde and Sao Tomé and Principe, for which AKDN has been joining efforts with other Portuguese stakeholders, including the national and local government, the Portuguese Cooperation Agency and other civil society organisations.

This initiative responds to the health crisis caused by COVID-19, by addressing concerns about the access to medical treatment and Personal Protection Equipment, which are scarce in these developing countries.

https://www.akdn.org/press-release/akdn-portugal-partners-oeiras-city-council-support-lusophone-africa-wake-covid-19
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https://www.nation.co.ke/counties/kisii/Aga-Khan-Foundation-hands-over-water-projects/1183286-5565518-clxahez/index.html

Aga Khan Foundation hands over water projects in Kisii

Wednesday May 27 2020


In Summary

Kisii County Health Executive Sarah Omache thanked the Aga Khan family for the multimillion-shilling projects, saying they had helped improve the health of the residents.

"We are indebted to our great partners. We have partnered in this health journey since the advent of devolution,” said Ms Omache.

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By RUTH MBULA


The Aga Khan Development Network, through the Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan Health Services, this week handed over a Sh3.8 billion water project at Kenyenya Hospital to the Kisii County government. It comprises a borehole and a water purifier.

“This will provide quality water for the hospital. We realise that, although this region receives a lot of rain, accessing clean water is a big challenge,” said Aga Khan Hospital Kisumu Chief Executive Officer Jane Wanyama.

She said the project was implemented by Aga Khan Hospital Kisumu and would go a long way in helping the neighbouring community .

“As we come to the end of our projects here, we leave head high. This is because we have made tangible change in the rural community of Bomachoge Borabu Constituency,” she said.

Kisii County Health Executive Sarah Omache thanked the Aga Khan family for the multimillion-shilling projects, saying they had helped improve the health of the residents.

"We are indebted to our great partners. We have partnered in this health journey since the advent of devolution,” said Ms Omache as she encouraged them to widen their services in the county.
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Translating coronavirus information for migrant communities in Lisbon

Because many migrants in Lisbon do not speak Portuguese, they cannot gain access to key COVID-19 health messages. The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in Portugal has been working with the government and volunteer translators to ensure that they do. AKF’s Sandra Almeida discusses the work being done by AKF and volunteers.

Briefly, what is the current situation in Lisbon as it relates to COVID-19? Who benefits from this work? Are they vulnerable? How?

Portugal has not been as badly hit by COVID-19 as its neighbour Spain but it is vulnerable. It has more citizens aged over 80 than anywhere in the EU except Italy and Greece, and a health service that is poorly equipped and underfunded. It also has the lowest number of critical care beds per 100,000 people in the EU.

Lisbon is home to a large number of migrant Asian communities from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and other countries, who often live in cramped conditions in the multicultural centre of the city. It is not unusual for eight people to share a room in an apartment with only one bathroom. As such, these groups are particularly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19, and this vulnerability is exacerbated by the fact that there are very few COVID-19 related health messages in languages other than Portuguese.

Tell us about this project: Who is involved and what are they doing? What is AKF’s role?


To support these vulnerable migrant communities, many of whom cannot read Portuguese, the Lisbon Central Cluster of Health Centres (ACES Lisboa Central) requested AKF Portugal to help translate the official “evaluation checklist of habitability and feasibility criteria for home isolation” in order to assess the need for quarantine internment.

AKF in Portugal does not have a health portfolio but works in collaboration with the public health system and migrant communities to ensure that migrants can contribute to, participate in, and benefit from the healthcare system.

We immediately started by translating these documents into English and, after having them validated by health professionals, engaged our network of migrant representatives to translate them into other languages. Soon we had several volunteers to support this endeavour, and literally overnight, the leaflet was translated into Bengali, Hindi, Nepali and Urdu. It was amazing to see this response. The following day these resources started to circulate among health centres and are now being used by health professionals.

Next AKF Portugal were requested by ACES Lisboa Central to translate three additional documents: “10 tips to follow for isolation at home”, “Isolation measures recommended for people sharing the same household with a suspected or infected Covid-19 person”, and “Procedures to avoid spreading the virus”.

English versions were produced by AKF. The Bengali, Nepali and Hindi versions soon followed, after being translated by AKF’s volunteer network. Audio files of the “10 tips to follow” were then produced by the volunteers with support from AKF and uploaded to YouTube to make sure the information could reach as many people as possible.

What does the project seek to achieve?

Overall, this project aims to identify the gaps in messages on COVID-19 and then to work with public health services and migrant communities to adapt materials to address those gaps. Disseminating key messages to and with vulnerable communities is one part of AKF’s response to slow and stop transmission of COVID-19 and minimise its impact on communities in Portugal.

https://www.akdn.org/our-stories/translating-coronavirus-information-migrant-communities-lisbon
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The West Nile Rural Electrification Company in Uganda: Generating hope for a brighter future



In north western Uganda, the AKDN has invested in off-grid energy so that this remote border region can benefit from affordable, reliable and sustainable electricity.

Over the last 10 years, the West Nile region in Uganda has been dramatically transformed. There are clear signs of socio-economic change, as well as improvements in security and regional stability. Its largest town, Arua, has thriving industries, better social services and a cleaner environment.

This transformation is testament to the role that access to reliable and affordable electricity plays in improving the quality of life in Arua district. The West Nile Rural Electrification Company (WENRECo), a project company of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, invested in a hydropower station that now provides electricity 24 hours a day.

Prior to the presence of WENRECo, there were only four primary schools, six secondary schools and four technical institutes receiving electricity in Arua municipality. Today, 18 primary schools, 16 secondary schools and 16 technical institutes are connected to the grid. Additionally, six new universities have been built.

Also, prior to the presence of WENRECo, the service industry – including restaurants and hospitality services – was rather stagnant, largely due to the absence of reliable and affordable electricity; and services, where available, were expensive. Since the commissioning of the hydropower project, there have been noticeable improvements in the service sector in Arua, including the opening of Internet cafés, car repair shops and hair salons. These businesses save significantly on costs now that they run on hydropower, as opposed to diesel power. The savings, in turn, are passed on to the customers, making products and services more affordable.

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Our Educational Response to Uncertainty

How AKF is supporting the continuity of quality learning for all during COVID-19


The Aga Khan Foundation is at the forefront of responding to the educational crisis brought on by COVID-19 through co-designing new solutions and adapting its current education programming with local communities, educators, families and learners worldwide.

Due to COVID-19, many of the world’s children have been out of school and in some developing countries for more than six months. In response, educators and families throughout the world have stepped up to the challenge with an unwavering level of commitment to ensure children continue to learn and grow, often without access to technology.

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)’s educational response work forms part of the Aga Khan Development Network’s three-pronged global COVID-19 response framework that has been developed to ensure the network can leverage its variety of agencies and partnerships to confront the COVID-19 pandemic in a coordinated way. In education, AKF has partnered with local and global stakeholders to generate new – and adapt existing – resources and support materials around three key areas:

- Supporting families to help children learn while at home
- Supporting educators to adapt to new COVID-19 compliant teaching and learning methodologies
- Supporting schools to prepare to reopen and build back better to address key learning gaps and promote safe and healthy learning environments.

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https://www.akf.org.uk/our-educational-response-to-uncertainty/?mc_cid=9ecb46841f&mc_eid=25c8c5fc8d
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Google translate of the original article in Portuguese:
https://the.ismaili/portugal/akf-talks-tend%C3%AAncias-globais-que-ir%C3%A3o-moldar-o-futuro-da-sociedade
AKF Talks - Global trends that will shape the future of society

The Aga Khan Portugal Foundation launched the AKF TALKS initiative in 2018, within the framework of the Diamond Jubilee of His Highness Prince Aga Khan, with the purpose of provoking debate and stimulating collaboration between different stakeholders on the major global trends that are change our future.

From the outset, three gatherings were developed, centered on the dimensions of diversity, pluralism and quality of life for all. In 2019, already in partnership with the OECD, an AKF Talk on Foresight was launched (on 4 December), initiating the cycle “Global Trends that will shape the Future of Society”. In 2020, this cycle is back, now in the digital space, offering reflections and future clues, on social cohesion, on the future of the social economy and, still, on new competences for economic inclusion. On the 25th, an internal AKF Talk was held, dedicated to the theme + Cohesion. On the 30th, there was a new AKF Talk, seeking to answer the questions «Will the social economy sector be the key actor to guarantee a more cohesive society, in social, economic and environmental terms? And how does the sector live with the need to innovate? »

It is intended to promote a Platform / Action Tank (online and in person), to know, analyze and discuss trends and forces of change, with the purpose (call to action) to support organizations to adapt to a set of urgent global challenges, with a view to building an + innovative, + solidary and connected, + social, + green and + participatory society . For more information, visit the AKF Talks page, available at the following address: https://talks.akfportugal.org/
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VIDEO: Martha


AKF has been working with women and youth focussed Disabled Persons Organisation's (DPOs) in Uganda and in particular those that operate as network organisations. These network organisations have allowed us to be able to reach more people, and this is particularly important during COVID-19, when face to face communication is restricted.

Women DPOs have formed networks at community level and have been able to reach some vulnerable women with disabilities through these already-established support systems. Martha was able to locate a community member who recorded this video using their smart phone. Here she tells us how the money she had received from the National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda (an AKF partner) has been extremely helpful during these difficult circumstances.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfZKG-qtrLY
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