Islamabad, June 27, 2018: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Emergency Department of Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) previously Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan organised a Knowledge and Experience Sharing seminar today on effective disaster preparedness and response at the Ramada Hotel, Islamabad.
The three organizations will allocate in total up to USD 340’000 to provide shelter assistance to highly vulnerable earthquake-affected households in Chong Alai district of Osh oblast, to train local masons on affordable para-seismic construction norms and techniques, as well as to provide legal assistance to help the affected households claim their housing, land and property rights and access affordable and reliable insurance.
WASHINGTON, DC, DECEMBER 7, 2015. The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) entered a partnership in Côte d’Ivoire to increase sustainable access to safe water and improve quality of life. The three-year project will help communities in three districts tackle the most pressing challenges for safe water, sanitation and food security, and strengthen local capacity to respond to environmental shocks in a region of West Africa where communities are on the front lines of climate change.
Dushanbe, Tajikistan October 31, 2014 – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) under the auspices of its Disaster Preparedness Program (DIPECHO) and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) United Kingdom signed an agreement to implement the eighth DIPECHO Project in Central Asia. Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) in Tajikistan and Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) in Kyrgyzstan will implement the project, titled “Fostering Disaster Resilient Communities in Isolated Mountain Environments”.
Kabul, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, 5 August 2014 – The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the University of Central Asia (UCA), which is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase the capacity of civil servants in Afghanistan through UCA’s Local Economic and Community Development (LECD) certificate programme.
On Sunday, June 1, two staff members of the Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan were killed when their vehicle went over an explosive device while travelling between Wardooj and Baharak in the country’s northern Badakhshan Province.
"We are shocked and saddened by the deaths of our colleagues who were working to improve the quality of life of the people of Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this time of loss," said Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network Afghanistan.
Toronto, 29 May 2014 — His Highness the Aga Khan today praised Canada’s global leadership in efforts to improve maternal, neonatal and child health and stressed the importance of innovative and community-based approaches in meeting the challenge which he described as “one of the highest priorities on the global development agenda.”
Kabul, 5 May 2014 - In the wake of a disastrous mudslide in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) was working closely with the government and other organisations in providing urgent relief supplies, including tents for shelter, food items, and emergency medical care.
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 September, 2013 – The People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) today agreed to intensify cooperation on improving of the quality of life of the people of Bangladesh.
Kabul, Afghanistan -- The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is relieved to announce the release of two staff members of the Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan, who had been abducted by unidentified gunmen in Bamyan, Afghanistan on 20 August. The two individuals are unharmed. The AKDN would like to thank the authorities in Afghanistan and the British government for their support throughout this incident. We do not plan to release further details on the individuals involved and would ask the media to continue to respect their privacy.
Tokyo, 8 March 2012 -- The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement today to deepen and widen their partnership in international development.
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, 19 January 2012 —The Kyrgyz Republic’s Ministry of Education and Science, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Aga Khan Foundation signed an agreement this morning to reprint 90,500 copies of dual-language children’s books aimed at promoting peace, tolerance and respect for diversity among primary school children. The books will be distributed to all 2,204 schools in the country. Three Sad Wizards, a book on the value of pluralism, which was distributed to all schools in the Kyrgyz Republic. Photo: AKF
Darwaz, Ishkashim and Vanj which now connect remote regions of Tajikistan and Afghanistan. A fifth bridge in Shorobod is currently under construction.
On a visit to an AKDN rural support programme in the mid-1980s, His Highness the Aga Khan saw that, contrary to prevailing thinking that suggested rising incomes alone would solve poverty, there was a need to bring a variety of inputs and disciplines to bear in a given area.
Income disparity was only one aspect of poverty. Other forms could be just as damaging: a lack of access to adequate nutrition or to a quality education, the inability to mitigate the effects of disasters, the unsustainable use of natural resources, or an absence of effective civil society organisations.
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Showun, Shurobod District, Tajikistan, 31st October 2011 – His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan, Minister of Public Works of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan His Excellency Abdulkudus Hamidi, and His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), today performed the foundation-stone ceremony for the Shurobod Bridge.
Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 28 October 2011 - On October 20, 2011, over 20,000 people affiliated with AKDN institutions joined millions of other participants in the Great ShakeOut campaign, an annual earthquake drill designed to educate people and organizations on how to prepare and protect themselves at work, school and community centres during an earthquake.
Khumrogi, Vanj District, Tajikistan, 16 August 2011 - The Vanj Bridge, the fourth in a series of bridges funded by the Aga Khan Development Network, was inaugurated today by Tajikistan’s President H.E. Emomali Rahmon. The bridge connects Tajikistan’s Vanj District with Mohi-May Vulusvoli in Afghanistan and is expected to enhance cross-border humanitarian assistance delivery, infrastructure development, socio-economic exchange, tourism and trade between the two countries.
Karachi, Pakistan, 9 August 2011 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network, has mobilised members of its Disaster Assessment and Response Team (DART), to assess the damage resulting from the collapse of the Lyari Building and identify rescue and relief needs. Based on the DART’s recommendations, FOCUS Pakistan immediately deployed a team of 15 volunteer rescuers, who are trained and equipped for urban search and rescue operations. In the initial hours of the incident, 15 injured individuals were rescued.
Afghanistan is a country in transition. International military forces are preparing for a phased handover to Afghan security forces while training the Afghan army and police to maintain security. International donors, following the Kabul Conference of July 2010, have committed themselves to channel more development funds through the Government of Afghanistan. Civil society and the private sector are now searching for new ways to work with the Government to promote development in Afghanistan.
Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan has been actively involved in response and relief efforts following continued rains and massive floods affecting various parts of the country.