Onno Ruhl is the first General Manager of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), created in 2016 to address the increasing threat posed by natural disasters and climate change.
The challenge: Air, land, and water are shared global resources, and a healthy environment is crucial for humans to thrive. But climate change, one of the defining issues of our time, has observable effects including rising sea levels and longer, more intense heat waves. Shifts in weather patterns and frequencies of natural disasters have growing, sometimes catastrophic, impacts – including in parts of the developing world, where communities are increasingly vulnerable to food insecurity and economic crisis.
Our solution: Our programs promote environmental sustainability, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and encourage creative solutions to the challenges facing our planet. We encourage sustainable uses of natural resources to mitigate further contribution to climate change, and we work with communities to improve their ability to adapt to existing or expected changes in their environment.
- Civil Society
- Economic Inclusion
- Engaging Canadians
- Environment and Climate Change
- Food Security and Nutrition
- Gender Equality
Aswan, the third biggest city in Egypt, is a busy market and tourist centre on the east bank of the Nile River. But while opportunities exist, there is a large disconnect between training that is available and the skills and products in demand in an Egypt that is both quickly modernizing and grappling with the challenge of climate change.
Aga Khan Foundation Canada sat down with Onno Ruhl during a visit to Canada to talk about the links between climate change and gender equality.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sometimes called the Global Goals, are a worldwide movement to break the cycle of poverty
Rosie Jervase was part of the 2018-2019 cohort of the International Youth Fellowship Program. She was placed at the Aga Khan University’s East Africa Institute in Nairobi.
Jaclyn Dolski was placed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan through AKFC’s fellowship program.
Taylor Marlow was part of the 2018-2019 cohort of the International Youth Fellowship Program. She was placed at the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Shannon Gormley’s project focused on the country of Kiribati, and how its most vulnerable residents are dealing with rising sea levels and climate change.