The Time and Knowledge Nazrana (TKN) represents a combination of two cherished Ismaili traditions: (i) submitting to the Imam of the time an unconditional Nazrana (gift) in commemorating epochal events, as a gesture of love and homage, and (ii) offering one’s intellectual capacity to assist the Imamat’s efforts for the progress of the Jamat, and the communities within which the Jamat lives. We invite you to explore the various sections of this website. Here, you will obtain an understanding of the philosophy and significance of TKN and discover how the knowledge and skills offered by TKN volunteers have substantially contributed to the work of the AKDN and Jamati Institutions for the progress and development of the Jamat and the wider societies in which the Jamat lives.

Volunteers in Action

Basketball clinics in India and Pakistan foster international fellowship
29 March 2019 | Article

In response to Mawlana Hazar Imam’s vision to bring together jamats from around the world,...

During the Diamond Jubilee year, Khudododova Tursunmo established 60 Community Based Savings Groups for Ismaili women who had dreams of uplifting the quality of life for their families.
A gift like no other
26 February 2019 | Article

Seated in a Pamiri home in Khorog, Tajikistan, 73-year-old Khudododova Tursunmo listened...

TKN volunteer helps to build AKU’s dental hygiene programme and clinic
21 February 2019 | Article

When Salima Alibhai served on her first Aga Khan University (AKU) TKN assignment in 2015,...

By participating in the design of an education app, volunteers have helped AKF leapfrog quality teaching and learning through technology, including in Mombasa, Kenya.
Aga Khan Foundation’s TKN volunteer pools make global impact
24 January 2019 | Article

How can someone on one side of the world affect an initiative on the other side? Or...

Video Clips

7 May 2018 | Video

Dr. Mahmoud Eboo


Leaders' International Forum...

6 May 2018 | Video

Firoz Rasul


Aga Khan University

5 May 2018 | Video

Zamira Kurbonbekova


Mediation and Conciliation Trainer


4 May 2018 | Video

Safia Abji


Communications Advisor

Aga Khan Foundation