Countdown to Diamond Jubilee – Snapshots of Imamat – 2003 to 2007

In the Muslim ethical tradition, which links spirit and matter, the Imam not only leads in the interpretation of the faith, but also in the effort to improve the quality of life of his community, and of the wider societies within which it lives; for a guiding principle of the Imamat’s institutions is to replace walls which divide with bridges that unite.”
Mawlana Hazar Imam
Foundation Ceremony of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
Ottawa, Canada, June 6, 2005

Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
Mawlana Hazar Imam explains the key features of the building to the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada (1999-2005), while architect Fumihiko Maki looks on. Photo: AKDN/Zahur Ramji

2003 to 2007
Mawlana Hazar Imam

Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM) as a non-profit Swiss foundation to formalise and develop microfinance activities of the AKDN (2005). AKDN

laid the foundation of 

presided over

  • the opening of the Alltex EPZ Limited, an apparel plant, at Athi River, Kenya.
    The company is a joint venture between Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Limited (IPS) and Global Readymade Garments Industry LLC of Qatar (2003).
    Speech, Video
  • Award ceremony of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture at Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi, India (2004).
  • Convocation Ceremony of Aga Khan University in Karachi (2005).


  • the International Colloquium organised to commemorate the 25th anniversary of The Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, UK (2003). Speech
  • Aga Khan Academy Mombasa, the first of an international network of Aga Khan Academies that would offer an IB curriculum (2003). Speech 
  • Al-Azhar Park in Cairo, Egypt, developed by Aga Khan Trust for Culture (2005). Speech
  • the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul, Afghanistan (2006). Speech
  • Kampala Serena Hotel , Uganda (2006). Speech
  • Ishkashim Bridge, Tajikistan (2006). Speech


  • Fresh water Forum in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (2003). Speech
  • the Jacques de Larosiere Lecture at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other international financial institutions at the Annual Meeting’s Business Forum, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (2003). Speech
  • Leadership and Diversity Conference, Gatineau, Canada (2004). Speech
  • Convocation of the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (2004). Speech
  • Fifth annual conference of German Ambassadors in Berlin (2004). Speech 
  • International Press Institute World Congress and 54th General Assembly held in Nairobi, Kenya (2005). Speech
  • Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway (2005). Speech
  • Scully Seminar, in Washington, DC (2005) [Speech] and upon acceptance of the Vincent Scully Prize (2005) Speech
  • guests of the Carnegie organisation upon receiving the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, in Edinburgh, Scotland (2005). Speech
  • Commencement at American University in Cairo, Egypt (2005). Speech
  • Conference on Afghanistan in London, UK (2006). Speech
  • International symposium at the University of Évora, Portugal, titled Cosmopolitan Society, Human Safety and Rights in Plural and Peaceful Societies (2006). Speech
  • School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, USA (2006). Speech
  • gathering to present the winner of the 2006 Die Quadriga Prize in Berlin, Germany. Speech
  • Royal Toledo Foundation upon acceptance of an award from the Foundation (2006). Speech
  • the Evangelical Academy of Tutzing upon receiving the Tolerance Award (2006). Speech
  • Enabling Environment Conference in Kabul, Afghanistan (2007). Speech
  • Masters of Public Affairs Programme at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques
    de Paris (Sciences Po), France (2007). Speech

signed agreements

  • with German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, to deepen cooperation between the BMZ and the Aga Khan Development Network, particularly in crisis prone-countries of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa (2004). AKDN
  • in Oslo, between the Government of Norway and the Aga Khan Development Network to strengthen cooperation in the areas of culture, health and education, rural development, capacity building, human resource development and economic recovery (2005). AKDN
  • with the Government of Portugal to improve the quality of life of vulnerable populations in Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries of Asia and Africa (2005). AKDN
  • witnessed the signing of an agreement by His Eminence Dom José Policarpo, the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, and Prince Amyn, Director of Aga Khan Foundation, for an urban community support programme to address problems of social exclusion and poverty alleviation (2005). AKDN
  • with the Government of Canada for funding for the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa (2006). AKDN

Other events

  • The Professional Development Centre was established in Chitral, northern Pakistan (2003).
  • AKFED and AKF Tajikistan established the First MicroFinance Bank Tajikistan together with International Finance Corporation and KfW as founding shareholders (2003). AKDN
  • AKDN launched Roshan, the GSM mobile phone company, in Afghanistan (2004)
  • First MicroFinance Bank Afghanistan was established with IFC and KfW as founding shareholders (2004). AKDN
  • AKAM established the First Microfinance Foundation Egypt (2006). AKDN
  • AKAM incorporated the First Microcredit Company Kyrgyzstan (2006). AKDN

Golden Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam – July 11, 2007

For titles and honours bestowed upon Mawlana Hazar Imam, visit AKDN or view the matrix.

Selected World Events – 2003 to 2007

Compiled by Nimira Dewji

Countdown to Diamond Jubilee Series

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