The Aga Khan Development Network’s involvement in West Africa began some 40 years ago, and has included investments in people, culture and enterprise.
In the wake of severe flooding that has caused widespread destruction in several of the country’s provinces, FOCUS Pakistan launched relief efforts, delivering food, shelters and supplies to hundreds of affected households.
In June 2010, Ismailis from Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur joined the Jamat in Penang, Malaysia for a sports day event. Numerous activities were organised, but badminton and table tennis were the centrepiece competitions.
In March 2010, the the Jamat in Afghanistan observed Volunteer Week, a week-long celebration of volunteerism. It was an opportunity to showcase the impact that volunteers have on the Jamat’s wellbeing, and increase the unity and collaboration among them, as well as within the wider Jamat.
On 11 July 2010, the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe was the venue for an Imamat Day reception hosted by the Aga Khan Development Network in Tajikistan. The event included a cultural show as well as a three-day exhibition of AKDN’s projects in the country during the past 15 years.
The Olympic Torch Relay was a 45 000 kilometre journey that touched over 1 000 communities and places of interest across Canada. Some 12 000 people had the honour of carrying the Olympic flame as torch bearers, including many Ismailis.
On 2 November 2009, Mawlana Hazar Imam traveled to Sacramento where he and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a landmark Agreement of Cooperation between the Ismaili Imamat and the State of California.
At the invitation of Texas State Governor Rick Perry, Mawlana Hazar Imam traveled to Austin to sign an Agreement of Cooperation between the State of Texas and the Ismaili Imamat. During the visit, Hazar Imam and Governor Perry also held talks at the State Capitol on a range of issues of mutual interest.
Photographs from the inauguration of Khorog Park on 10 October 2009 by Tajikistan’s First Deputy Prime Minister Asadullo Gulomov, in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. The Park is a significant new green space that will serve the residents of the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region in Tajikistan.
In Tajikistan, the celebration of Imamat Day — or Roz-e Takht Nishini in Tajik — traditionally includes family and neighbourhood gatherings with shared meals, music and dancing. In July 2009 the Aga Khan Development Network Resident Representative Office contributed to the festivities by hosting an education-themed Imamat Day reception.