Lecture at Harvard: Aga Khan Foundation and Development Network as example of social conscience in Islamic tradition

LECTURE- Aga Khan Development Network, March 13, 2007

Posted by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Social Conscience in Islam: The Case of the Aga Khan Development Network Tuesday, March 13 – 4:10-6:00 pm – Starr Auditorium (Kennedy School of

Many people believe that development and poverty alleviation are inspired solely by a Western ethic. However, the Islamic faith also offers a similar tradition. The example of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) provides useful insight into the embodiment of this ethic. Working in over 30 countries, primarily in the poorest parts of Asia and Africa, the AKDN focuses on health, education, culture, rural development, institution-building and the promotion of economic development. It is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender.

Join Qahir Dhanani (MPP1/MBA) and Taufiq Rahim (MPP1), who will speak about the social conscience of Islam, from the perspective of their experiences working for AKDN. This event is part of the MPP Seminar Series. For more information please contact Candace Chin (candace_chin@ksg08.harvard.edu).

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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

One thought

  1. No doubt His Highness Aga Khan’s has worked very hard conforming with the Islaminc traditions of human welfare and social work. But unfortunately fact is little know or realized in the Islamic world. How these leading institutions play their roles in Disseminating these success stories across the Islamic world in general and His Highness’s personal and family contribution to the Umah in particular


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