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TEDxOudMetha explored a theme of “Exponential Impact,” assembling decision-makers and thought leaders across a variety of industries.
TEDxOudMetha explored a theme of “Exponential Impact,” assembling decision-makers and thought leaders across a variety of industries.
Ismaili spaces around the world open doors to dialogue on inclusivity
Ismaili spaces around the world open doors to dialogue on inclusivity
28 February 2020

Promoting inclusivity and accessibility, Ismaili Centres and Jamatkhanas around the world are opening their doors to dialogue and conversation – a cornerstone to pluralism and a long-standing tradition of our faith.

To support women during the postpartum period, simple gestures such as offering to pick up groceries, making a meal, or taking the baby for a walk can have a positive impact.
To support women during the postpartum period, simple gestures such as offering to pick up groceries, making a meal, or taking the baby for a walk can have a positive impact.
Breaking down barriers in maternal mental health
Breaking down barriers in maternal mental health
28 February 2020

“Women are twice as likely as men to experience depression and anxiety, yet three times more likely to experience barriers to accessing mental healthcare,” explained Dr Simone Vigod during a session entitled Healthy Moms, Healthy Families – Breaking Down Barriers to Maternal Mental Healthcare at the Ismaili Centre Toronto in early February. 

The United Bakers Co-operative Society Limited (UBCL) whipped up a record-breaking 940 kg cake to commemorate Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Hyderabad.
The United Bakers Co-operative Society Limited (UBCL) whipped up a record-breaking 940 kg cake to commemorate Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Hyderabad.
Sweet success: The story of India’s United Bakers Alliance
Sweet success: The story of India’s United Bakers Alliance
27 February 2020

For nearly two decades, the United Bakers Co-operative Society Limited has been aggregating the interests and aspirations of local Jamati bakeries in Hyderabad. From centralised procurement to training and development, the alliance’s story illustrates that bonds of trust and collaboration can catalyse economic development. We take a look at the recipe behind their sweet story of success.

AKEPB in Afghanistan have organised programmes focusing on the empowerment of women; promoting handicrafts and other products, and providing encouragement to launch small businesses.
AKEPB in Afghanistan have organised programmes focusing on the empowerment of women; promoting handicrafts and other products, and providing encouragement to launch small businesses.
Holistic economic planning in Afghanistan
Holistic economic planning in Afghanistan
27 February 2020

Improving quality of life requires a multifaceted-approach, of which economic empowerment represents an important piece. If an  individual or community is empowered economically this can result in having access to better education, health, safety, an enabling environment, and desired working and living conditions.  

Strengthening Partnership (L to R): Dr S. Sohail H. Naqvi (Rector, UCA), Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Stephen Toope, Princess Zahra (UCA Trustee), Dr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha (Chairman, Board of Trustees, UCA) and Mr Naguib Kheraj (UCA Trustee).
Strengthening Partnership (L to R): Dr S. Sohail H. Naqvi (Rector, UCA), Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Stephen Toope, Princess Zahra (UCA Trustee), Dr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha (Chairman, Board of Trustees, UCA) and Mr Naguib Kheraj (UCA Trustee).
Partnering to create, curate, and communicate knowledge
Partnering to create, curate, and communicate knowledge
26 February 2020

The University of Central Asia (UCA) and the University of Cambridge came together to sign historic partnership agreements at ceremonies in Cambridge and London on 25 and 26 February 2020. The events in the UK were attended by Princess Zahra, along with senior leaders from UCA and the University of Cambridge.

It is important that senior citizens take the necessary steps to ensure they have a good quality of life financially, even after retirement.
It is important that senior citizens take the necessary steps to ensure they have a good quality of life financially, even after retirement.
Saving for the future, at every age
Saving for the future, at every age
24 February 2020

The percentage of elderly people in Pakistan is expected to double to 12 percent by 2050, increasing the number of senior citizens to 40 million. This demographic transition impacts citizens of all ages. Therefore, it is important that senior citizens take the necessary steps to ensure they have a good quality of life financially, even after retirement. 

Ismaili youth lead the way in poverty alleviation
Ismaili youth lead the way in poverty alleviation
24 February 2020

From organising skills enhancement camps to leading school fundraising teams, Ismaili youth from around the world have taken on leadership roles in the movement to alleviate poverty, through economic empowerment and other measures. 

Even though we’re in the automation age, it’s important to remember that machines can’t do everything. It must be balanced by human understanding of the technical and implementation of social and emotional skills.
Even though we’re in the automation age, it’s important to remember that machines can’t do everything. It must be balanced by human understanding of the technical and implementation of social and emotional skills.
Skills for the future: Part two
Skills for the future: Part two
17 February 2020

Although we now live in an an age of automation, it’s important to remember that machines can’t do everything. Technical efforts must be balanced with social and emotional skills. Part two of our Future Skills article highlights the importance of technical, cognitive, and soft skills in preparing for the future.

A day in the life of a farmer: GE Expedition participants join in an early morning excursion with Ismaili farmers.
A day in the life of a farmer: GE Expedition participants join in an early morning excursion with Ismaili farmers.
Global Encounters Expedition: Into the heart of India
Global Encounters Expedition: Into the heart of India
17 February 2020

In December 2019, Global Encounters (GE) Expedition brought together young Ismailis from 13 countries to the rural areas of Southern Saurashtra in Gujarat to engage with the local Jamat and study the work of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The impact of Expedition on its participants is well known, but the impact that Expedition has on the Jamat in Southern Saurashtra is equally profound.

Having financial security plays an important role in securing your own quality of life and standard of living, but where do we draw the line between economic empowerment and the desire for excessive wealth?
Having financial security plays an important role in securing your own quality of life and standard of living, but where do we draw the line between economic empowerment and the desire for excessive wealth?
Finding a balance between empowerment and wealth
Finding a balance between empowerment and wealth
16 February 2020

Often, we think of balance as a scale: having equal weights on either side. In reality, balance may not be what it seems. Instead, it can be thought of as a pendulum. It’s about finding what’s right for you. There isn’t a one size fits all, especially when it comes to wealth.

Data and analytics will only become more prevalent in the future, as more of our actions are tracked. Learning how to use data to power your decisions will be essential for most roles in the future.
Data and analytics will only become more prevalent in the future, as more of our actions are tracked. Learning how to use data to power your decisions will be essential for most roles in the future.
Skills for the future: Part one
Skills for the future: Part one
16 February 2020

The World Economic Forum predicts that millions of jobs will be lost in the coming years as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, and other socio-economic factors replace the need for human workers. How can we begin to prepare for a future that will no doubt be more mobile, autonomous, and machine-driven than today?

Through presentations and team-building activities, Girl Guides acquired the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to better promote sustainable development.
Through presentations and team-building activities, Girl Guides acquired the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to better promote sustainable development.
Ismaili Girl Guides engage with sustainable development goals
Ismaili Girl Guides engage with sustainable development goals
12 February 2020

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) set forth by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 are envisioned to make the world a better place by 2030. In order to better understand the goals and their potential, the Ismaili Girl Guides in Pakistan attended a four-day summit at the Guides’ Association headquarters in Islamabad.

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