About 150 fourth graders attend class outside near Lilongwe, Malawi, where only a fraction have textbooks. (Image Credit: © Josef S. Trommer/World Bank)

The World Bank | GPSA: Bridging the Gap Between What Citizens Expect and What Governments Do

“We also know that governments who listen to, and work with, citizens can be more efficient and effective. Social accountability is the new normal in development.” – Mario Marcel, Senior Director for the Governance Global Practice STORY HIGHLIGHTS The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) has exceeded expectations since the World Bank established the program in 2012, and works to build more citizen-centric governance in … Continue reading The World Bank | GPSA: Bridging the Gap Between What Citizens Expect and What Governments Do

World Bank’s President Welcomes His Highness the Aga Khan

World Bank President and Aga Khan Discuss Poverty Alleviation

London, 8 May 2014 – His Highness the Aga Khan met on Thursday (May 8) with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the 12th president of the World Bank Group, to discuss global development challenges and efforts to end poverty. The meeting, held at the World Bank’s London offices, was the first between the chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Dr. Kim. Dr. Kim has been … Continue reading World Bank President and Aga Khan Discuss Poverty Alleviation

World Bank's President Welcomes His Highness the Aga Khan

World Bank’s President Welcomes His Highness the Aga Khan

7 May 2014

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Ismaili Center Dushanbe (Tajikistan) hosts World Bank’s Chief Economist

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, April 5, 2013 -The challenge of reducing extreme poverty and building shared prosperity was the major theme of the official visit of Mr. Kaushik Basu, the World Bank Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics, who visited Tajikistan on April 4-5. The role of public policy in achieving the ambitious target of ending extreme poverty by 2030, laid out by the … Continue reading Ismaili Center Dushanbe (Tajikistan) hosts World Bank’s Chief Economist

Aga Khan Trust for Culture and World Bank withdraw from major Pakistani project

LAHORE, April 28: The Walled City Development Project is without a head these days and its two main supporting pillars, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the World Bank, are withdrawing in June and November, respectively, this year. Project Director General Naheed Rizvi has retired from service on April 23 and the seat is vacant ever since. She was given the post on February … Continue reading Aga Khan Trust for Culture and World Bank withdraw from major Pakistani project

Dr. Rafik Hirji, World Bank, presents at World Wildlife Fund Symposium

Senior Water Resources Management Specialist Environment Department and the Africa Water Resources Management Initiative, World Bank Dr. Rafik Hirji is currently leading the preparation of the World Bank’s global sector analysis on groundwater governance. His extensive experience includes leading the Sustainable Development Network’s agenda on water and environment by promoting operational tools for sustainable utilization and management of rivers, lakes and aquifers. He was team … Continue reading Dr. Rafik Hirji, World Bank, presents at World Wildlife Fund Symposium

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 change efforts by projects like the AKRSP community micro-hydroelectric project, … Continue reading Aga Khan Rural Support Program: First community-based Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project – Carbon Expo in Germany

Aleem Walji, Innovation Practice Manager, World Bank

Aleem joined the World Bank Institute as Practice Manager for Innovation in November 2009. Previously, he was Head of Global Development Initiatives at Google.org and Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan Foundation in Syria. Aleem was trained as a social anthropologist and urban planner at Emory University and MIT. For fun, Aleem flies kites with his 3 year old, plays tennis, and finds cool … Continue reading Aleem Walji, Innovation Practice Manager, World Bank

International Finance Corporation signed an agreement with Aga Khan Foundation

Islamabad, Pakistan, January 19, 2010—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today signed an agreement with the Aga Khan Foundation in Pakistan (AKF(P)) to support the growth of smaller businesses in Pakistan by providing training and skills development to businessmen and women in the country. IFC and AKF(P), will partner to offer IFC’s Business Edge management training product to Pakistani entrepreneurs seeking to grow … Continue reading International Finance Corporation signed an agreement with Aga Khan Foundation

World Bank Profile on Amin and Gulzar Shivji

Forced out of Uganda by Idi Amin during the expulsion of Asians in 1972, Amin Shivji and his wife Gulzar found a home away from home in Canada. While there, Shivji took a special interest in organic foods. He eventually set up eight organic food stores across Canada, which still are in operation today. In 1994, the Shivjis decided to return to Uganda to their … Continue reading World Bank Profile on Amin and Gulzar Shivji

Harvard Associate-Professor and former AKF Scholar Alnoor Ebrahim invited to testify before U.S. House of Representatives on reform, accountability efforts at World Bank

Testimony of Alnoor Ebrahim, Associate Professor Harvard University Before the Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives September 10, 2009, Washington, D.C. On The World Bank’s Disclosure Policy Review, and the Role of Democratic Participatory Processes in Achieving Successful Development Outcomes Chairman Frank, Ranking Member Bachus, and members of the Committee: Thank you for inviting me to testify before you. My name is Alnoor … Continue reading Harvard Associate-Professor and former AKF Scholar Alnoor Ebrahim invited to testify before U.S. House of Representatives on reform, accountability efforts at World Bank

World Bank Grant Competition Awards to Grassroots Initiatives to Address Undernutrition in South Asia

Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan and Aga Khan Health Services, India among the winners. Dhaka, August 5, 2009 ─ Twenty-one civil society organizations from across South Asia won grants today from an $840,000 award pool funded by the South Asia Region Development Marketplace (DM). The winners received up to $40,000 each to implement innovative ideas on how to improve nutrition in their respective countries. http://web.worldbank.org Continue reading World Bank Grant Competition Awards to Grassroots Initiatives to Address Undernutrition in South Asia

Prince Amyn Aga Khan speaks at the 10th German World Bank Forum in Frankfurt

Statement by Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the 10th German World Bank Forum “The Asian Century: Challenges in the Economic Crisis” (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 20: Prince Amyn Aga Khan, chairman of the Aga Khan Fund for economic development executive committee, speaks at the 10th German World Bank Forum in Frankfurt on November 20, 2008 in Frankfurt am Main. … Continue reading Prince Amyn Aga Khan speaks at the 10th German World Bank Forum in Frankfurt

IFC to assist the First Microfinance Bank to pioneer access to Housing Finance in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan, October 7, 2008—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today signed an agreement with the First MicroFinanceBank, Afghanistan (FMFB) to strengthen the bank’s capacity to introduce a product line that will address the housing needs of low- and middle-income Afghans. Most microfinance institutions and banks in Afghanistan do not offer housing loans, and traditional housing finance is limited because the existing legal … Continue reading IFC to assist the First Microfinance Bank to pioneer access to Housing Finance in Afghanistan