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April 24, 2017 — The doors have opened at the new Bamyan hospital, a major step forward in strengthening the health system for vulnerable Afghans, particularly women and children.

March 15, 2017-- We all experience the world a bit differently, depending on where we’re raised and what the circumstances are in our environment. But one almost-universal constant is that one inspiring teacher can make a world of difference.

January 18, 2017-- Check out our World Partnership Walk Impact Report for 2016, celebrating Canadians across the country who raised an amazing $7 million dollars to fight global poverty. Inside, you’ll find inspiring stories of our dedicated volunteers and supporters, and learn how the funds are making a real impact in the developing world.

January 18, 2017-- Crumpled balls of paper and a garbage bin – in some classrooms, that’s all it takes to spark a lively discussion about global development.  These props are part of a class activity in a new curriculum resource, Inspiring Global Citizens, developed by Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC).  Katherine Stauch, Department Head of Canada & World Studies at Brookfield High School in Ottawa, has been using the guide in the classroom – so AKFC sat down with her to discuss global citizenship education, student-centered learning, and this new resource for teachers.

January 18, 2017-- With more than a century of experience working to ensure that people of all ages have access to quality learning opportunities, our partners in the Aga Khan Development Network are a valuable source of knowledge and expertise on global education.

January 17, 2017 - For 28 years, Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s International Youth Fellowship Program has brought the best of Canada to the world to change people’s lives for the better. The Fellowship offers an international development training program and an eight-month overseas placement to recent university graduates and young professionals who are 30 years of age or younger.

Find out how you can join us in making a difference in the world. We hosted two online information sessions for our 2017 International Youth Fellowship Program.

January 12, 2017-- AKFC’s newest Development Champions are ready to engage audiences from coast to coast. The Development Champions are a group of dedicated volunteers from across Canada who share personal stories about their experiences in international development to promote discussion and learning on global issues. Presentations are free and can be tailored to a variety of audiences and venues, including Canada 150 events in your community.

January 11, 2017 - As we begin 2017, Canadians are coming together to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation – reflecting on the history that has shaped our country today, and sharing a vision for Canada's future.

December 7, 2016 - Let the rich artistic traditions of Syria inspire you this holiday season. From now until February 26, 2017, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto brings together artifacts and artworks that reveal another side of a country seen today through stories of conflict, destruction and human suffering.

December 8, 2016 - Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) are thrilled to announce two new recipients of the Fellowship for International Development Reporting. Journalists Frédérick Lavoie and Jennifer Yang will each receive $25,000 to report on critical global issues.

December 8, 2016 - Holidays are a time of giving, to be shared with family and friends. But in Ghiramara, a rural village in Bangladesh, strong family ties bond the community together throughout the year. In this village, parents and grandparents go above and beyond to craft a brighter future for their children – literally!

Aga Khan Foundation Canada supports programs designed to educate families on parenting skills, nutrition, and hygiene, and to encourage parents – both fathers and mothers – to play an active role in their child’s development. Sometimes, that means putting local crafting skills to good use.

November 6, 2016-- AKFC Reporting Fellow Kayla Hounsell went to Liberia earlier this year to see how the country is rebuilding after the Ebola outbreak that hit west Africa.

November 8, 2016-- Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro had long been a dream of Girish Agrawal. “I always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro, but I never got to it,” said the Calgary-area businessman. When he started to plan to make that dream a reality, a new dream emerged. If he was going to make all this effort to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, he decided to expand his goal, by raising funds for an important cause. “I realized I’m going to take this big risk because I have not done any of these kinds of things in my life,” said Girish, adding that he wanted to bring “a little bit more value” to his considerable efforts.

November 8, 2016-- Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and your bank had disappeared.

Not just the bricks and mortar building, but the menu of services it puts at your fingertips… a debit card, a mortgage, somewhere safe to stash your nest egg.

Now, imagine – without that bank, try getting a loan to open a business. Try paying your university tuition. Or, if you don’t have cash on hand, try something as simple as buying lunch.

November 7, 2016-- Together: An exhibition on global development has finished the second leg of its cross-Canada tour, visiting 25 communities in western and central Canada.

Since April 2015, Aga Khan Foundation Canada has welcomed 40,000 visitors to the Together exhibition, an innovative, interactive exhibition on how Canadians are working together to alleviate global poverty.

October 12, 2016 - In 2017, Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Across the country, communities will come together to mark this milestone.

As part of Canada’s 150th celebrations, Together: An exhibition on global development will be travelling across the country, sparking discussions on how Canadians are driving a more peaceful, prosperous, and pluralist world.

October 12, 2016 - The Pamir Mountains, at the junction of the Himalayas with the Tian Shan, Karakoram, Kunlun, and Hindu Kush ranges are among the highest mountains in the world. To the uninitiated, the landscape can seem wild, barren, even hostile. But the region is actually a centre of origin for many crops that we see on dinner tables around the world today, such as rye, and certain varieties of apples, walnuts, and apricots. To the Pamiris however, this is simply home.

October 12, 2016 - Last weekend, we celebrated the fall harvest with a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends. On the other side of the world, families celebrate a different kind of community meal – one that saves lives. In Mozambique, where 2 out of 5 children are malnourished, Canadian support has helped train communities to harvest essential crops and prepare nutritious meals.

October 11, 2016 - On September 21, 2016, His Highness the Aga Khan was honoured as the first recipient of the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship, for his lifetime commitment to ideals of belonging and inclusion.

September 5, 2016 – Classes are officially underway at the University of Central Asia’s first undergraduate program in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic. The inaugural cohort of 71 students is hitting the books – with a unique curriculum that has a Canadian connection.

September 13, 2016- Together: An exhibition on global development has welcomed over 20,000 visitors since it launched in April this year, traveling across British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. This fall, the exhibition travels to Manitoba and Ontario, exploring how Canadians are working together to alleviate global poverty. Interactive workshops will be delivered at several university stops, including University of Winnipeg and Seneca College. New venues are being added to the schedule regularly. Find out more and follow the journey.

July 13, 2016 - We want to hear your ideas of what a better world looks like for our global community. Post your idea using #AllForChange on Instagram or Twitter.

The person with the most retweets and favourites will be featured as an agent of change in our next newsletter.

July 13, 2016 - In 1985, a group of women in Vancouver came together to raise funds to support the work of AKFC. All had come from Africa or Asia and wanted to give back to the communities they left behind. They persuaded 1,000 other Canadians to join them in a walk to fight global poverty and raised $55,000.

It’s not too late to join our Walk community in the fight against global poverty.

June 8, 2016 - Rooted in the developing world, the AKDN’s unique structure brings together a diverse range of expertise committed to improving the quality of life. By combining the efforts of the AKDN’s multiple agencies – from commercial enterprises to social services to cultural and environmental agencies – we equip communities with the tools and knowledge they need to drive change that makes a lasting impact.

But what does all that really mean? Watch this video to discover how the AKDN is working to improve the quality of life for tens of millions of people across the globe.

June 8, 2016 - This summer, 12 accomplished young Canadians will take flight around the globe. They will spend eight months putting their energy and skills to use in the developing world, working in fields from microfinance to education to journalism.

Visit our photo gallery to discover which cherished items our newest cohort of fellows will bring along for the journey, and why.

June 7, 2016 - Global Affairs Canada has recently launched a review of its international assistance, and as part of this process they are inviting the public to contribute their input. The public consultation will be open until July 31, 2016. This is a unique opportunity to help shape Canada’s global development agenda.

May 16, 2016 - Inclusivity, Innovation, Diplomacy. With these three words, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, issued a challenge to an audience of more than 200 people in Ottawa. 

Gathered for the opening of the Smart Global Development conference on April 13 at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, His Excellency’s challenge inspired the audience to tackle key questions of higher education and its role in reducing global poverty. 

May 16, 2016 -When Derek Gent spotted a promotional poster for AKFC’s International Youth Fellowship Program at the University of Victoria more than 20 years ago, he never could have guessed what was to come.

Some months later he found himself in Bangladesh, savouring “fish heads, starting with the eyeballs, and crunching the bones for protein, specially reserved for [him] as an honoured guest (and no utensils)”.

May 15, 2016 - April 28, 2016 marked the successful launch of AKFC’s Together exhibition in western Canada.  Over 120 people celebrated the launch at CBC studio in Vancouver by experiencing storytelling presentations from four exemplary global citizens.

April 11, 2016 - A lecture hall, a research lab, a textbook: each of these is a powerful tool to combat poverty around the world.

Universities are hubs of knowledge and innovation, poised to unleash new opportunities and drive growth.

But despite this potential, the international development community has made limited investments in higher education in the Global South – particularly compared to support for primary education and basic health care.

April 8, 2016 - The Together exhibition is driving change across Canada – and Vancouver is the first stop on the 2016 tour. On April 28 Aga Khan Foundation Canada will launch the western and central Canada tour of Together: An exhibition on global development. Join us to celebrate the launch with an evening of storytelling and networking, and be among the first in western Canada to visit this innovative exhibition. Register Now!

In January 2016, Aga Khan Foundation Canada invited artists from across the country to create a piece of artwork for Together: An exhibition on global development, showing why they care about global development.

We are very pleased to announce the top three winners of the contest!

March 8, 2016 - Amaan Ismail recently took part in AKFC’s annual Awareness Trip. He visited AKFC projects in Mozambique and Tanzania with a group of seven AKFC volunteers and staff. Amaan is a top fundraiser for AKFC’s World Partnership Walk and has volunteered for the Aga Khan Development Network in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. We interviewed Amaan to get his take on the projects he visited in East Africa.

March 7, 2016 - As a recently graduated economist, Jamie was unsure if he would be able to blend his passion for development with his day job. Then, Jamie spent a year working in Bangladesh through AKFC’s International Youth Fellowship, and quickly discovered that his skills were extremely useful and in high demand.

February 18, 2016 - On April 13-14, 2016 in Ottawa, Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), Academics Without Borders (AWB), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) are convening the Smart Global Development conference: exploring the role of higher education in advancing sustainable development goals. Register now!

February 12, 2016 - Make a difference today. Cast your vote now! Last month, Aga Khan Foundation Canada invited artists from across the country to create a piece of artwork for our traveling exhibition Together, showing why they care about global development.

February 8, 2016 - On January 22nd AKFC collaborated with WUSC and CECI to present the Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Stream at the International Forum in Ottawa. The Stream, which was funded by Global Affairs Canada, was part of the broader International Forum, which saw over 500 participants engaging on the theme of Inclusive Markets, Inclusive Societies.

February 8, 2016 - In honour of International Development Week, we’ve gathered images depicting some of the many ways we are partnering with Canadians to tackle key development challenges. Visit our photo gallery to discover how, together, we are making a difference.

February 1, 2016 - Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) are pleased to announce that Shannon Gormley of the Ottawa Citizen, Kayla Hounsell of CTV, and freelance journalist Marc-André Sabourin have been awarded the Fellowship for International Development Reporting.

January 13, 2016 - This month, we offer you a sneak preview of our upcoming World Partnership Walk Report in the form of a letter penned by AKFC CEO Khalil Shariff and AKFC National Committee Chairman Amin Lalji.

January 14, 2016 - We hosted an online information session for our International Youth Fellowship Program. The session was led by two former Fellows: Nabeel Ahmed and Faaria Meghji.

January 5, 2016 - Attention artists!

Aga Khan Foundation Canada is looking for talented Canadians to create a piece of artwork for our travelling exhibition. Together: An exhibition on global development is an interactive, bilingual experience for all ages, sparking discussions on how Canadians are driving positive change around the world. Visitors are invited to climb aboard and explore a custom-built transport truck with 1,000 square feet of exhibition space, travelling coast-to-coast for two years.

January 1, 2016 - With the start of the new year, we took the opportunity to look back on some of the notable achievements of the AKDN – many of which have Canadian connections. Visit our photo gallery to find out more.

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