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The three winners of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award: Aung Kyaw Moe on behalf of the Centre for Social Integrity, an organisation that provides youth from Myanmar’s conflict-affected regions with the skills to be leaders for change; Deborah Ahenkorah, a Ghanaian social entrepreneur and book publisher; and Igor Radulović on behalf of Learning History that is not yet History, a network in the Balkans developing a new approach to teaching the history of conflict.
The three winners of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award: Aung Kyaw Moe on behalf of the Centre for Social Integrity, an organisation that provides youth from Myanmar’s conflict-affected regions with the skills to be leaders for change; Deborah Ahenkorah, a Ghanaian social entrepreneur and book publisher; and Igor Radulović on behalf of Learning History that is not yet History, a network in the Balkans developing a new approach to teaching the history of conflict.
Pluralism in action: Global Pluralism Award winners tell their story
Pluralism in action: Global Pluralism Award winners tell their story
19 December 2019

The Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP) hosted the second biennial Global Pluralism Award ceremony in November 2019. At the ceremony, presided over by Mawlana Hazar Imam and attended by many members of the GCP’s Board, including Princess Zahra, the Centre recognised three winners who will each receive a $50,000 grant to help them continue their work.

Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah in his IVC Colonel uniform surrounded by members of the IVC in India.
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah in his IVC Colonel uniform surrounded by members of the IVC in India.
We make a difference: Ismaili Volunteer Corps celebrates 100 years of service
We make a difference: Ismaili Volunteer Corps celebrates 100 years of service
3 December 2019

In 2019, Jamats around the world have been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC). Throughout its history, the IVC has aimed to serve the needs of the Jamat. Within the ethic of improving the quality of life of all humanity, the IVC also serves the broader communities of which the Jamat is a part. This service to society is seen as a civic responsibility and has always been an important part of IVC’s work.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Global Centre for Pluralism Secretary General Meredith Preston McGhie join the Global Pluralism Award recipients for a group photograph.
Mawlana Hazar Imam and Global Centre for Pluralism Secretary General Meredith Preston McGhie join the Global Pluralism Award recipients for a group photograph.
Mawlana Hazar Imam presides over 2019 Global Pluralism Awards
Mawlana Hazar Imam presides over 2019 Global Pluralism Awards
19 November 2019

Mawlana Hazar Imam presided over the Global Pluralism Award ceremony on Wednesday 20 November, a biennial event hosted by the Global Centre for Pluralism. The Award recognises the extraordinary achievements of organisations, individuals, and governments around the world who exemplify living peacefully and productively with diversity.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra are welcomed to Ottawa by Ameerally Kassim-Lakha, President of the Ismaili Council for Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Jamat.
Mawlana Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra are welcomed to Ottawa by Ameerally Kassim-Lakha, President of the Ismaili Council for Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Jamat.
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Canada for Global Pluralism Awards ceremony
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Canada for Global Pluralism Awards ceremony
19 November 2019

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Canada today, accompanied by Princess Zahra, in advance of a ceremony to recognise the recipients of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award.

IIS staff and short course participants at the Aga Khan Centre, London.
IIS staff and short course participants at the Aga Khan Centre, London.
IIS now accepting applications for series of short courses
IIS now accepting applications for series of short courses
18 November 2019

Applications are now open for a series of eight short courses offered by the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in 2020 as part of its continuing education programme.

Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism (centre) poses for a group photograph with young members of the Jamat at an institutional dinner in Paris.
Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism (centre) poses for a group photograph with young members of the Jamat at an institutional dinner in Paris.
Ethic of pluralism explored at institutional dinner in France
Ethic of pluralism explored at institutional dinner in France
11 November 2019

The Ismaili Council for France held an institutional dinner attended by Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP) on 10 November, ahead of the upcoming Paris Peace Forum. 

View to the main entrance past the central ablutions fountain in the courtyard.
View to the main entrance past the central ablutions fountain in the courtyard.
Paving the way forward
Paving the way forward
9 November 2019

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently completed a trip to Pakistan, where they visited a number of AKDN projects. One stop on their tour of the country was Lahore. As a vital part of the Mughal Empire, Lahore was famed as one of the world’s most cultured cities. Since 2007, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Government of Punjab have strived to reinstate this historical legacy.

An insight into the lives of new IIS students
An insight into the lives of new IIS students
29 October 2019

In September 2019, 40 new students joined The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) for post-graduate study, arriving from Canada, India, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and the USA. They have embarked on a journey that will expand their horizons, create lifelong friendships, and become part of a global network of alumni that share the unique experience of studying at the IIS. In this photo essay, we meet some of them to learn more about their first impressions and their individual and collective aspirations.

Video: Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019
25 April 2019

In January 2019, an independent Master Jury reviewed hundreds of nominations for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. A rigorous process in which a team of experts investigate each of the 20 shortlisted projects is now underway.

It takes a village: Volunteers from around the world contribute to the transformation of the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam
It takes a village: Volunteers from around the world contribute to the transformation of the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam
24 April 2019

Sirojiddin Juraev performing along the Gulbenkian Orchestra conducted by Pedro Neves.
Sirojiddin Juraev performing along the Gulbenkian Orchestra conducted by Pedro Neves.
Inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards opens with eclectic collaboration of sounds
Inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards opens with eclectic collaboration of sounds
28 March 2019

On 29 March, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, led by maestro Pedro Neves, performed new works with Master Musicians of the Aga Khan Music Initiative from Tajikistan, Syria, and Afghanistan, in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam and members of his family.

Mawlana Hazar Imam with Isabel Mota, President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Prince Amyn, and Francisco Lacerda, CEO of the CTT (Portuguese Postal Services).
Mawlana Hazar Imam with Isabel Mota, President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Prince Amyn, and Francisco Lacerda, CEO of the CTT (Portuguese Postal Services).
Video: Aga Khan Music Awards stamp cancellation ceremony
28 March 2019

Prior to the concert held on 29 March for the Aga Khan Music Awards, the CEO of CTT (Portugal Postal Services) Francisco Lacerda unveiled a special commemorative stamp in honour of the Awards. Mawlana Hazar Imam signed one of the first day covers of the commemorative stamp along with Prince Amyn, Isabel Mota, President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and Raul Moreira, Head of Philately at CTT.

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