AKRSP`s work in water and sanitation includes providing access to safe and pure drinking water for nearly 29,000 households in rural Gujarat and Bihar. Photo: AKDN

AKDN | Aga Khan Rural Support Programme Awarded 2015 Times of India Social Impact Award for Safe Drinking Water and Improved Sanitation

In addition to the drinking water and sanitation programmes cited in the Times of India Social Impact Award, AKRSP has also built or rejuvenated 4,000 drinking water supply sources and schemes, 200 percolation wells and over 10,000 roof rainwater harvesting structures. Other watershed management measures have improved 46,000 hectares of land. AKRSP has also planted…

The TOI Social Impact Awards

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) wins The Times of India Social Impact Awards 2015

In the NGO category, most judges were aware of both AKRSP [Aga Khan Rural Support Programme] and Jal Bhagirathi Foundation’s “extraordinary work”. AKRSP has consistently impressed with its work on forestry and joint forest management. – Sunita Narain, Director General of the Centre for Science and Environment In their effort to pick environment category winners,…

Pakistan Mountain Festival: A hike & cleaning up of Margalla Hills, organized by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme and others

Pakistan Mountain Festival: A hike & cleaning up of Margalla Hills, organized by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme and others

A week-long Pakistan Mountain Festival started here with a hike and cleaning up of Margalla Hills Trail-3 on Sunday. The festival is being organised in connection with the International Mountain Day which is celebrated on December 11 every year. The festival is being organised by Development Communications (Devcom) in collaboration with Climate Change Division of…

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…

Modhva Fishing Village

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…