(Updated) Prince Aga Khan’s continued support for Afghanistan

aga-khan-hails-karzaiPrince Aga Khan reaffirmed support to Afghanistan and the Afghan people during his meeting with the former president, the statement said.

Karzai also hailed the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for supporting Afghanistan during the past 13 years and urged for continued support of the Aga Khan network in Afghanistan.

Prince Karim Aga Khan, leader of the Ismaili Muslims hailed the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai for his efforts in reconstruction of Afghanistan.

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has been actively involved in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, mainly in health and education sectors.

Read more at the source:  Prince Karim Aga Khan hails former president Hamid Karzai

Also at http://www.afghanistantimes.af/news_details.php?id=9124

Related: His Highness the Aga Khan with Dr. Asraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the new elected President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Geographic and Programmatic Background on Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN):

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; resource mobilisation offices in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States; and headquarters based in Geneva, Switzerland.

In Asia, Africa and the Middle East, activities are most often concentrated in rural communities in mountainous, coastal and other remote, resource-poor areas.

In Europe, urban peripheries are targeted to address challenges commonly faced by new and often poor immigrant communities.

In every context in which it works, the Foundation’s efforts are coordinated not only with those of other AKDN agencies, but also with local, national and international partners in order to bring to bear a full package of multiple activities that can spark a long-term process of positive change for these communities and, ultimately, improve their overall quality of life.

The Foundation’s oldest country programme is in Pakistan, where many of its activities are undertaken by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP).

The largest country programme is in Afghanistan.

Within every developing country context, AKF chooses to focus on certain regions. Criteria for undertaking activity include special needs in impoverished environments as well as the presence of capable implementing organisations. It normally engages a volunteer base locally in order to ensure knowledgeable and culturally sensitive management of local affairs.

Read more at the source: http://www.akdn.org/publications/2014_akf_overview.pdf

Also read Government of Canada report: Improving the health of mothers and children – Canada partners with the Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan

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