German Technical Cooperation, in collaboration with Aga Khan Rural Support Program, introduces Solar Water Heating Systems in Chitral Pakistan

CHITRAL: To overcome energy crises at Chitral and to save forest from mercilessly (ruthless) cutting solar water heaters(SWH) were introduced first time in Chitral. German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) in collaboration with Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) started dissemination of solar water heating systems in Chitral Region. Firstly entrepreneurs were developed and then they have…

Rehabilitation of historic homes in the Walled City of Lahore | German Missions in Pakistan

The Federal Republic of Germany provided 9.3 million Pakistani rupees in 2010 and 13.5 million Pakistani rupees in 2011 for the conservation and rehabilitation of multi-storeyed residential buildings in the Walled City of Lahore which date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These houses constitute part of Lahore’s historic legacy of architecture and…

KfW (German Development Bank) funded Drinking Water Project inaugurated in Chitral

Chitral: A long-felt desire of the people of village Lone Markha in Chitral became a reality today with the inauguration of a safe drinking water supply and sanitation scheme in their community. The scheme was inaugurated by Dr. Ann-Christine Janke, Director KfW in Pakistan and Mr. Ferdinand Jenrich, 3rd Secretary German Embassy. Speaking on the…

Germany to help electrify Chitral | Dawn Pakistan

CHITRAL, March 14: The German government has planned to electrify the entire Chitral district by constructing hydropower stations and exploiting water potential in the area. A delegation of a German donor organisation, KFW, visited different areas of the district, including Kalash and Bumburate valleys, to select suitable sites for construction of power stations. –snip– According…

Good Afghan News » 3 New School Buildings To Be Built In The North and Teachers Get Pay Raise In Kandahar

Yesterday, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education announced that 2 new school buildings will be built in Afghanistan’s northern province of Takhar and another school building will be built in neighboring Kunduz province. In Takhar province, the new school buildings will be built for the Haji Pahlawan and Haji Abdul Satar Middle Schools, located in Barak district.…

Tajikistan: Business in the poor house – market-based approaches in the Tajik Pamirs

Excerpt translated via Google: The remote region of Gorno-Badakhshan in Tajikistan is considered poor house in a poor country that has limited economic interest. The residents benefit most from the commitment of the Aga Khan Development Network, who is also spiritual leader of the majority of the inhabitants. In fact, there are many obstacles for…

German Foreign Minister visits Humayun’s tomb with senior leaders of Aga Khan Foundation India

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (C); chairman of the Indian Aga Khan foundation India, Abad Ahmad (L) and Projects Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture India, Ratish Nanda visit the Mughal Emperor Humayun’s tomb in New Delhi, India, 17 October 2010. Westerwelle is on three-day visit to India during which he is expected…

Article in German: German-Syrian initiatives to preserve historical city of Aleppo

Excerpt translated via Google: The Stuttgart “Friends of Aleppo” supports the second largest city in Syria in the preservation of the historic old town and the preservation of their cultural heritage. After the restoration of traditional houses, the initiative now promotes the development of the city archives for more cultural life in the old city…

ZDF German TV’s special 90 minutes program for Pakistan flood disaster (via Paderborner ‘SJ’ Web Blog)

In the light of the immense damages caused by the floods in Pakistan the Federal Republic of Germany has decided to further increase its help to people affected by this natural disaster up to the amount of 25 million Euro, bringing total German immediate relief aid to 2.75 billion Rupees. Germany’s help will be channelled…

The 2010 Gerda Henkel Prize goes to the expert on Islamic studies, Gudrun Krämer

The 2010 Gerda Henkel Prize, worth € 100,000, goes to the Berlin-based expert on Islamic studies Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gudrun Krämer. The biennial award was established in 2006 to honour academic researchers who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the disciplines and funding areas supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. –snip– She also belongs to…

Intercultural communication: Dr. Badrudin Amershi

Dr Badrudin Amershi Badrudin Amershi has more than 25 years of experience of cultural, economic and social issues in the international context. He is an experienced trainer and consultant on issues of intercultural communication and organisation development, negotiations and management of joint ventures, with in-depth knowledge and experience of European as well as Asian and…

Germany provides Rs 9.3 mln for rehabilitation of historic houses in walled city of Lahore

ISLAMABAD: An agreement has been signed between the German Embassy Islamabad and the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP) regarding the rehabilitation of historic homes in the Walled City of Lahore. According to press release issued here on Tuesday, the Federal Republic of Germany is providing 9.3 million Pakistani rupees for the conservation and rehabilitation…

The oldest known manuscript of “The One Hundred and One Nights” identified at Aga Khan Museum Exhibition in Germany

Interview with Claudia Ott – A New Chapter in the History of Arab Literature An almost 800-year-old manuscript is shedding new light on one of the hidden jewels of Arabic literature. Orientalist and translator Claudia Ott recently identified the oldest known manuscript of “The One Hundred and One Nights”. She talked to Loay Mudhoon about…

Germany provides Rs 4.2 million humanitarian aid to aggrieved persons of Hunza landslide disaster

Islamabad: An agreement has been signed between the German Embassy Islamabad, represented by Ambassador Dr. Michael Koch, and the Aga Khan Foundation Pakistan (AKF – P), represented by CEO Dr. Karim Alibhai, regarding humanitarian aid to the aggrieved households of the landslide and lake disaster around Attaabad, in the Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan. The Federal Republic…

Aga Khan Rural Support Program: First community-based Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project – Carbon Expo in Germany

Least developed countries & community access to CDM/climate finance/adaptation funds: Pakistan case study This side event session is co-sponsored by the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) & World Bank This session will highlight the community engagement aspect in climate finance and CDM. Not only will it highlight the potential of community contribution/benefits to climate…

17 March to 6 June 2010 – Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum. Masterpieces of Islamic Art

-Excerpt- The exhibition is arranged under two main headings: “The Word of God”, concerning Koran manuscripts, illustrated sheets and objects that deal with the pilgrimage to Mecca or Islamic mysticism and have served many artists and architects as a source of inspiration. “The Route of the Travellers” takes the visitor on a journey through the…

tehran times : Berlin displaying masterpieces of Islamic art

Tehran Times Art Desk TEHRAN — Berlin’s Martin-Gropius Building is playing host to an exhibition displaying masterpieces of Islamic art including rare copies of the Holy Quran. The Berlin exhibition shows some of the most important works of art from the Islamic world, including pages from the Persian heroic epic “Shahnameh”. The miniatures are among…

Message from President Horst Köhler at the opening of the exhibition Masterpieces from the collection of the Aga Khan

Excerpt translated from German: The Berliner Festspiele and the Aga Khan Foundation have taken something very special to Berlin. In this city, which certainly is not lacking in cultural attractions. The collection of the Aga Khan is considered as a unique and important private collection of Islamic art in the world. We are pleased with…