The Aga Khan Development Network has vowed to continue funding and supporting both Social and Economic Sectors in Uganda as well as advocating for a pluralistic Society World Over.
This information was revealed at the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan to mark 60 years since he inherited the title of Imam in 1957.
And just last week, in the presence of the President of the Portuguese Republic, His Highness received double honours from Portugal recognizing the impact of his work across the globe.
In the above video, Amin Mawji, AKDN’s Resident Representative in Uganda, in the presence of Uganda’s Foreign Minister and other government officials, elaborates on how His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan brings to to life the Ismaili Imamat’s ethical vision through the AKDN.
Q: So, how does the Aga Khan Development Network fit into this [Ismaili Imamat] leadership role?
A: I would say that it is appropriate to think of the AKDN as an expression of the Ismaili Imam’s interpretation of the application of Islam in practical life.
It is also a demonstration of the Ismaili Imamat’s broader effort to improve the quality of life of people. This follows from the responsibility, implicit in the institution of the Imamat, to implement social action to realise the social vision of Islam for the benefit of all humanity.
I should add that the AKDN, as it exists today, has its genesis in initiatives of Ismaili Imams going back over a century.
The present Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, has consolidated and expanded these initiatives within a structured network of many different agencies involved in education, healthcare, tourism promotion, industrial development, financial services and so on, all operating under the umbrella of an international development organisation.
Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali