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Feeding a hunger for solutions in rural Tajikistan

The challenge: food insecurity in an increasingly fragile environment.

High rates of poverty and malnutrition plague the remote communities along Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan. While the region is one of the world’s greatest storehouses of biodiversity, low agricultural productivity and chronic food insecurity remain significant barriers to development.

Available in English only. / Disponible en anglais seulement.

  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Food Security and Nutrition

Women’s Economic Empowerment in Practice: Addressing Gendered Barriers to Access and Success

Case studies from a roundtable held in November 2016.

Available in English only. / Disponible en anglais seulement.

  • Economic Inclusion
  • Gender Equality

Smart Global Development Conference Outcomes Report

Exploring the role of higher education in advancing sustainable development goals.

April 2016

  • Education

Smart Global Development Conference Outcomes Report: Executive Summary

Exploring the role of higher education in advancing sustainable development goals.

April 2016

  • Education

Smart Global Development Conference

In developing countries, the potential for universities to contribute directly and substantively to improved development, growth and governance outcomes is arguably greatest. Despite that potential, higher education has received comparatively little support from the international development community over the past several decades – particularly in comparison to investments in primary education and basic health.

Watch the webcasts of the opening keynote by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on Day 1, and the three plenaries on Day 2 featuring The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.

  • Education

A conversation with Dr. Robert E. Black and special guests

Reducing hidden hunger – a chronic lack of essential vitamins and minerals – is vital not only to individual child development, but to building strong, healthy societies for the future. That was the message of esteemed child health researcher Dr. Robert E. Black, at the Nutrition on the Table: Micronutrients and Global Child Survival panel discussion on September, 2012.

  • Food Security and Nutrition
  • Health

Strengthening Communities, Saving Lives

Child mortality can be significantly reduced by focusing interventions on the poorest of the poor, particularly in rural areas, says Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, an award-winning researcher, prolific author, and senior medical educator at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan.

Dr. Bhutta spoke to more than 100 guests gathered at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat on December 10. He highlighted the importance of interventions which reach the most impoverished members of society – who often lack access to basic health care – through a community-based approach, such as linking traditional birth attendants with trained community health workers.

  • Health

The importance of the first 1,000 days

Dr. Lye, the inaugural Executive Director of the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development at the University of Toronto, highlights the importance of the first 1,000 days in a child’s life in establishing trajectories in health, learning and social functioning as an adult.

  • Health

Virtual Health, Healthy Reality: Exploring eHealth

A growing number of practitioners are exploring eHealth – leveraging advances in communications technology to strengthen health systems across the globe. Aiming to promote improved health service provision, especially in difficult-to-access rural and remote communities, these innovations have resulted in a suite of programs from health messages delivered to mobile phones to video conferencing between doctors on different continents.

  • Health

Measuring Quality of Life

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) works across Africa and Asia with a unifying, overarching goal: to improve quality of life. But what exactly does this mean? How does one define quality of life – let alone measure it? Participants joined Dr. Nazneen Kanji, Director of the Quality of Life Assessment Program, for a revealing conversation on the AKDN’s methods and tools used in countries as diverse as Afghanistan and Mali.

  • Measuring Development Impact

Cultivating Food Security: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond 2015 | In conversation with Elisabeth Rasmusson

With one in eight people facing chronic hunger, feeding the world’s most vulnerable remains a daunting challenge. Despite great strides in recent years, poverty, insecurity, natural disasters and gender-based barriers keep millions of people from having enough to eat. Ms. Elisabeth Rasmusson, Assistant Executive Director of the World Food Programme, held a conversation on topics from the current humanitarian crises in the Philippines and Syria, to future prospects for eradicating hunger as part of the post-2015 development agenda.

  • Food Security and Nutrition

Global Health & The World of Business

Global Health & The World Of Business explored how Canada’s leadership in innovative public-private partnerships has contributed to the reset of global health financing.

  • Health

Canada and the Fight to Protect all Children from Polio

Canada and the Fight to Protect all Children from Polio explored Canada’s sustained leadership supporting eradication efforts in some of the most inaccessible and conflict-affected regions in the world as well as the most difficult challenges ahead. A keynote address was delivered by Canada’s Minister of International Development, the Honourable Christian Paradis.

  • Health

Making the Grade in Global Education: Unlocking the Power of Play

AKFC and Right To Play invited people from across the country to discuss how sport and play are used to educate and empower children around the world. Unlocking the Power of Play marked the debut of AKFC’s event series, Making the Grade in Global Education. Three knowledgeable speakers gathered to discuss the effectiveness of play-based learning and shared a wide range of perspectives, from how teachers are trained to play and how child-centred learning fosters the development of a child’s language and social skills.

  • Education

Youth (Un)Employment: Global Problems Meet Local Solutions

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) hosted a discussion between experts and practitioners working to create economic opportunities for youth. The discussion marked AKFC’s 10th University Seminar Series and was followed by an interactive workshop. Our goal? To spur important conversations on how we can create economic opportunities for youth and ensure that the voices of young people across Canada are heard in this critical global debate.

  • Economic Inclusion

Webcast: Development Finance Institutions and the Canadian Development Context

Increasingly, there have been discussions that suggest that Canada may look to create a DFI to bolster investments in emerging economies aligned with current development priorities. Speakers reviewed the current international DFI landscape, addressed key concerns and challenges from the Canadian context, and outlined what a Canadian DFI will mean for current and future development priorities.

  • Economic Inclusion

Canadian Humanitarian Conference

Aga Khan Foundation Canada, in partnership with the Humanitarian Coalition, the International Development Research Centre and the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crisis and Aid, invite you to watch a series of webcasts by renowned humanitarian experts at the second annual Canadian Humanitarian Conference. The conference was held at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Ottawa on December 4 and 5, 2014. It set the stage for a national conversation showcasing Canadian expertise in humanitarian response and related fields.

  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Health

Building Global Citizens: Educating for the 21st century

Is “global citizenship education” just a new buzzword or a concept that is transforming education policies, approaches, and, ultimately, the dynamic between developed and developing countries? Listen to Ms. Choi, Director, Division for Teaching, Learning and Content, of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) keynote address, and the Q&A session on how global citizenship education is being defined, put into action, and measured.

  • Education