Girls’ Education in Afghanistan

There are a number of contributing factors implicated in the poor state of girls’ education and gender inequality in Afghanistan. According to the UNDP’s human development report (2017), Afghanistan ranked 168 out of 189 countries on the gender equality index, with only 11.4% of the female population over 25 with some secondary education. Latest estimates…

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Fostering Peace and Stability in Khorog, Tajikistan

A presentation to mark the launch of a new project “Critical Infrastructure to Contribute to Stability and Peace in Khorog, Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast” was recently held in the hall of the executive body of the state authority of GBAO with the participation of Mr. Yodgor Fayzov, the Governor of GBAO. The EUR 1,800,000 (TJS 19,342,273)…

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International Day of the Girl – animation

Since 2013, AKF has been implementing a large-scale girls’ education programme in Afghanistan called STAGES (Steps Towards Afghan Girls’ Education Success). With funding from UKAid through the Girls’ Education Challenge, AKF and a consortium of partners* have been supporting over 210,000 girls get to school and stay in school longer. Building on AKDN’s education programming…

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Explore, Exchange, Engage: 360 Tajikistan

A small group of travellers set out on a journey of adventure and personal discovery to witness the impactful work of the Aga Khan Development Network and to immerse themselves in a new culture. In June 2019, seventeen explorers travelled to Tajikistan for AKF (UK)’s inaugural 360 programme. This programme gives participants the opportunity to…

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Community focus, pluralism and civil society essential in fragile states, says Aga Khan

His Highness the Aga Khan today emphasised three essential ingredients for stability and effective development in fragile contexts: a focus on local communities, a commitment to pluralism and the importance of a strong civil society. The Aga Khan was speaking at an event entitled, “Fragile States ‘Weiterdenken’(‘Thinking Ahead’) – Utilising Experiences from Stabilisation Measures for…

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Reconnecting Afghan & Tajik Badakhshan: economic development in the cross-border region

Our cross-border work fosters socio-economic development through the building of energy infrastructure, bridges & establishing markets CHALLENGE: Separated by a river, connected by history Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province has some of the lowest human development indicators in the world. Infrastructure is almost non-existent severely limiting access to critical services and economic development opportunity. In Gorno-Badakhshan on…

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On working in fragile contexts

By Michael Kocher, General Manager, Aga Khan Foundation The Aga Khan Development Network is a collection of 10 development agencies. Collectively, our agencies seek to achieve three things: First, to improve the quality of life in almost every respect – education, health, livelihoods and other key opportunities for the future. Second, to promote pluralism. We…

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Investing in the futures of 210,000 girls in Afghanistan

The Aga Khan Foundation is proud to continue its partnership with UKAID to deliver one of the largest girls’ education programmes in the world in Afghanistan. Emma Symonds & Mkaya Carrigan tell us about the programme. Following Prime Minister Teresa May’s announcement last week that the UK is committing to helping over 1.5 million girls across the…

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Installation of new metallic towers improves reliability of electricity in eastern Tajikistan

We are delighted to announce that a new AKF-supported energy line was inaugurated this week in Barsem, eastern Tajikistan. The new 13.8km, 110kV power line complete with metallic towers will improve the supply of sustainable electricity to 174,000 people in eastern Tajikistan and 32,000 people in Northern Afghanistan, including businesses, schools and healthcare centres. The…

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