Trust in people. Trust in people. It’s an extraordinary phenomenon of development that the most powerful force is people changing their own environment. What they need in many cases is the wherewithal to change.
– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, Aga Khan Agency For Microfinance inauguration – February 22nd, 2005 Geneva, Switzerland
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The AKDN Ethical Framework
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a contemporary endeavour of the Ismaili Imamat to realise the social conscience of Islam through institutional action. It brings together, under one coherent aegis, institutions and programmes whose combined mandate is to help relieve society of ignorance, disease and deprivation without regard to the faiths or national origins of people whom they serve.
“To the Imamat the meaning of “quality of life” extends to the entire ethical and social context in which people live, and not only to their material well-being measured over generation after generation. Consequently, the Imamat’s is a holistic vision of development, as is prescribed by the faith of Islam. It is about investing in people, in their pluralism, in their intellectual pursuit, and search for new and useful knowledge, just as much as in material resources. But it is also about investing with a social conscience inspired by the ethics of Islam. It is work that benefits all, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, nationality or background. Does the Holy Quran not say in one of the most inspiring references to mankind, that Allah has created all mankind from one soul?”
– His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan,
49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili Muslims
Address at inauguration of the Alltex EPZ Limited plant,
Athi River, Kenya – December 19th, 2003
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The Preamble of “The Constitution of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims”
(I) It is the desire and Hidāyat of Mawlana Hazar Imam that the constitutions presently applicable to the Ismaili Muslims in different countries be superseded and that the Ismaili Muslims worldwide be given this constitution in order better to secure their peace and unity, religious and social welfare, to foster fruitful collaboration between different peoples, to optimise the use of resources, and to enable the Ismaili Muslims to make a valid and meaningful contribution to the improvement of the quality of life of the Ummah and the societies in which they live.
Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali
It is this commitment to man’s dignity and relief of humanity that inspires the Ismaili Imamat’s philanthropic institutions. Giving of one’s competence, sharing one’s time, material or intellectual wherewithal with those among whom one lives, for the relief of hardship, pain or ignorance is a deeply ingrained tradition which shapes the social conscience of the Ismaili Muslim community.
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