Microsoft and Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) launch YUVA Junction Helpline

Microsoft and Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) launch YUVA Junction Helpline

Ahmedabad, 12th August 2014: Microsoft India and Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) today announced the launch of the YUVA Junction Helpline in Ahmedabad to offer career guidance to the youth. The Helpline is aimed at empowering the youth, especially from rural areas, with a wealth of information on education and employment-related opportunities. It is…

Awareness workshop by Aga Khan Planning and Building Service Pakistan: 'Rise of water in Indus River may displace communities'

Awareness workshop by Aga Khan Planning & Building Service Pakistan: ‘Rise of water in Indus River may displace communities’

Leading development professionals, policy makers and community representatives gathered in Thatta district of Sindh to attend the inception workshop on “Climate Resilient Communities in Coastal Lying Areas of Sindh project” organised by Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS,P), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network. The interventions planned as part of the…

Honour for India’s Green Heroes: Aga Khan Rural Support Programme Gujarat Wins an Award

Honour for India’s Green Heroes: Aga Khan Rural Support Programme Gujarat Wins an Award

By decentralizing water management in villages, the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, India (AKRSP) hit on an environmentally-friendly way of dissolving caste barriers. They won an award for ‘Community-based Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change.’ “A typical drinking water system in a village involves an underground bore-well, from which water is pumped to overhead tanks…

Flood-resilient streams protect mountain farms, villagers in north Pakistan - financially backed by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme

Improvement in Flood-prone Streams of Northern Pakistan – with technical and financial backing by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme

Author: Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio for trust.org: HUNZA-NAGAR VALLEY, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Flood-prone streams that until recently threatened the lives, incomes and properties of mountain communities in Pakistan’s Hunza-Nagar valley are now much less dangerous, and are even helping boost harvests, after work enabling them to better withstand weather extremes. The natural…

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Tata Power Mundra in association with Aga Khan Rural Support Program adds value to the fishermen community in Gujarat

In order to instill a sense of responsibility amongst villagers towards their environment and generate awareness on proper usage of natural resources, Tata Power installed Roof Rain Water Harvesting Structures (RRWHS) at Modhva village in association with Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) under Project Sagarbandhu. Literally meaning “Friends of the Sea,” the objective of…

Aga Khan Rural Support Program in association with Tata Power installs Roof Rain Water Harvesting Structures in Gujarat

Aga Khan Rural Support Program in association with Tata Power installs Roof Rain Water Harvesting Structures in Gujarat

The objective of installing the RRWHS in the village was to generate awareness on proper usage of natural resources by providing an independent water supply. Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility has always been a frontrunner in driving initiatives towards environment conservation. In line with this, Tata Power through its wholly-owned subsidiary Coastal Gujarat…

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SEEDs being sown to manage ‘park between earth and sky’ – The Hindu

The Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP), the largest protected area in Pakistan spread over 10,000 sq. km covering four districts in Gilgit Baltistan province, could well be the country’s most charming and sustainable tourist destination if a community-driven programme of conservation gets its way. According to Raffaele Del Cima, Country Operation Manager and Project Director…

Filmmaker Niccolo Piazza Focuses on Water and Warming in Northern Pakistan

This year, an Italian-born filmmaker, Niccolo Piazza, is preparing to release The Karakoram Anomaly, a documentary examining life, culture and heritage in Baltistan and the Hunza Valley, locations in Pakistan’s mountainous northern regions, against a broader backdrop of climate change. Below is an interview with the director with Asia Society, highlighting the coordination of Nazir…

Celebrating 30 years of rural support | DAWN.COM

This year the Rural Support Programmes (RSPs), which are working with 32 million people across the country by organising communities and supporting them in development activities that the people themselves identify and undertake, are celebrating their 30th anniversary. “We feel that 30 years of our movement is an important milestone,” says Shandana Humayoun Khan, currently…

Small-scale tech can transform women’s lives in a big way – The East African

The electrification of remote villages in the north of Pakistan, introduced by another NGO, the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), shows how three simple ingredients — running water, community organisation and some technical know-how — can help women. The district of Chitral and the northern areas of Pakistan lie where the Karakoram, the Himalaya…

Acumen Fund to invest Rs86m in energy sector – Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) to support the creation of four community-managed micro hydel units in Chitral

KARACHI: Acumen, a pioneering non-profit global venture firm addressing poverty across Africa and South Asia, has announced its first investment in the growing rural energy sector of Pakistan, a statement said. Acumen is giving a loan of Rs86 million to Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) to support the creation of four community-managed micro hydel…

Aga Khan Foundation Canada – Improving Maternal and Child Health in Afghanistan: A Conversation With Dr. Ahmad Fawad Akbari

High maternal and child mortality and morbidity rates make maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) a pressing public health issue in the country. In the province of Badakhshan, the maternal mortality ratio is 2,200 deaths per 100,000 live births, one of the highest rates in the world. But by tackling poverty from multiple angles, the…

Escaping Pakistan’s poverty trap – Millions are working their way out of poverty in Pakistan thanks to one man’s vision – Telegraph

My travelling companion, 79-year-old Shoaib Sultan Khan, was taking me back to where the final stage of his awesome life story had begun. Exactly 30 years ago, when General Zia-ul-Haq was in power in Pakistan, Khan was commissioned by the Aga Khan to combat the endemic poverty and backwardness of Pakistan’s northern areas. Khan, who…

Building communities: how poor people are unlocking their own potential | guardian.co.uk

Introduced to Pakistan in 1982 through an Aga Khan programme, the methodology entails RSP representatives holding public consultations with villages to determine their needs and establish a collective commitment to organisation. The model comprises three tiers of community organising. The lowest tier operates at household level, consisting of networks of 15 households. This supports a…