Financial inclusion is a key area of focus for the AKDN. The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM), which manages several microfinance institutions across Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, launched an initiative in 2016 to improve access to basic financial services for unbanked and underbanked communities through Digital Financial Services (DFS).
Khairunisa’s contribution to the development of a two-year joint Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from AKU and the University of Alberta began from a brainstorming session during her first TKN assignment in Nairobi in 2011, where she was enhancing dental hygiene practices for hygienists at the AKU Hospital.
“Opportunities are time sensitive, so you can’t let them pass you by,” says Dr. Nasiruddin Jamal about his decision to take a professional leave from his 40-year medical career in New York to contribute his TKN volunteer service as Regional Director responsible for overseeing the cardiology departments at two Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS-EA) hospitals in East Africa since 2014.
Faruq Vishram is an electrical engineer with a vision to light up lives by helping to develop renewable energy projects in Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan. His TKN assignment began in March 2015 to support a project funded by Global Affairs Canada to introduce solar energy to the newly inaugurated Bamyan Provincial Hospital in Afghanistan.
Alif Khalfan was selected to participate with other field professionals as a teacher and mentor at the UCA Naryn Campus’ “Connecting Your Discipline” programme in May, which offered a series of engaging workshops, guest lectures, career panels, interactive activities, simulation and real world applications to help students navigate their undergraduate specialisations.
“When I submitted my TKN Niyat in 2007, I had no idea how things would transpire over the years,” says Dr. Almina Pardhan upon reflecting on the success of the Early Child Development program that she helped implement in five countries across Asia in collaboration with numerous Jamati and AKDN institutions.
Since the earliest days of Islam, the Shia notion of nazrana — the offering of an unconditional gift to the Imam of the Time as a gesture of a murid’s love and homage — has been a time-honoured tradition in the Jamat. With the approach of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, Ismailis around the world are renewing this age-old tradition.
On 11 July 2012, the Aga Khan International Conciliation and Arbitration Board (“ICAB”) received approval from Mawlana Hazar Imam to implement a new and unique training model for the global CAB system by utilising TKN volunteers. ICAB formed an international task force comprising of TKN volunteers to survey the needs of each National CAB; review literature on best practices; consult academic and training institutions; and, apply lessons learned from other Ismaili training programmes.
After leaving her home town 35 years prior, Vancouver’s Habiba Teja was excited to return to Mombasa, Kenya, where she volunteered as a Food Services and Nutrition Consultant with the Aga Khan Academies (AKA) to provide nutritious meal options for children studying there.
Roshan Pirani has been working in the field of diagnostic imaging for over 30 years. In January 2014, she travelled to Khorog’s Regional Diagnostic Unit and her primary responsibility was to develop the technical skills of the diagnostic imaging staff. She trained five Radiology staff on procedures to scan patients for CAT scan studies (with and without iodine contrast), mammography and x-rays.
Aga Khan Health Board developed the program “Choices for Health, Act Now” where Lifestyle Coaches motivated Jamati members to make better lifestyle choices related to diet and physical activity. Shamim Abdullah was one of them.