Prince Rahim and President Naushad Jivraj share a light moment shortly before departing the Ismaili Centre.

On 10 October, Prince Rahim visited the Ismaili Centre, London to inaugurate the exhibition: Dreams and Dystopias, East Africa at the Crossroads, featuring photographic work by Guillaume Bonn.

The Dreams and Dystopias exhibition in the Zamana Space at Ismaili Centre, London, offers an insight into East Africa’s diverse geography and colonial legacy.

Dreams and Distopias: East Africa at the Crossroads is the fourth exhibition to be held in the Zamana Space at the Ismaili Centre, London since its reopening earlier this year. The visual exhibit navigates the East African coastline through the lens of international artist Guillaume Bonn, to reveal a region perennially poised at a crossroads between two worlds.

What does it mean to live within the ethics of Islam? How does this apply to those in conflict? On the last day of Mediation Week, we explore how the ethics of Islam underpin the work of the CAB system how CAB mediators help to create an ethical culture of mediation.

Effective listening can be powerful. It demonstrates empathy, understanding, compassion, and most importantly, it shows care for what someone is saying. Active listening is not only a vital skill to help manage conflict, it can also help to improve our day-to-day interactions. On day five of Mediation Week, we explore the power of effective listening and the role of empathy in mediation.

We often hear of the need to employ best practice in our daily lives, not least when serving the community. On day four of Mediation Week, we learn about the type of training that Conciliation and Arbitration Board (CAB) members receive, and how CABs use best practice in their training to assist parties with resolving disputes.

Thousands of volunteers assembled at various locations across Canada to take part in Ismaili CIVIC over two weekends at the end of September.

Confidentiality is the foundation of the mediation process. But, what does it mean, and what information is considered to be confidential? On day three of Mediation Week, we learn about the role of confidentiality and why it is important to the mediation process.

The CAB system goes beyond just resolving disputes, and focuses in a broader sense on restoring harmony and unity in relationships.

Have you considered mediation? Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process in which a neutral third-party assists disputing parties to reach their own settlement. On day two of Mediation Week, we learn about mediation and how it can help to resolve a dispute in a peaceful and cost-effective manner.

Mediation provides an ideal environment for an honest dialogue that can lead to apology and forgiveness.

Mediation Week is recognised in countries around the world every October to highlight the value of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a constructive and cost-effective alternative to litigation. This year, the Ismaili International Conciliation and Arbitration Board (ICAB) have prepared a series of videos that provide information about mediation and the CAB system, as well as other areas of mediation and conflict management. On day one of Mediation Week, we learn about the CAB system and its role in helping to improve the quality of life of members of the Jamat and beyond. 

Host Committee members, Dr Anne and Albert Chao, and the President of the Asia Society Texas Center, Bonna Kol, in conversation with Princess Zahra during a pre-dinner reception.

The Asia Society Texas Center presented Princess Zahra with their highest honour, the Huffington Award, for her tireless work to uphold human dignity, develop future leaders, and spearhead health and education initiatives in more than 30 countries around the world.

Princess Zahra is presented with the Huffington Award by Nancy C. Allen, Honorary Co-Chair and Asia Society Center Board Member, and Bonna Kol, President of the Asia Society Texas Center.

On 10 October 2019, Princess Zahra, accompanied by her daughter, Miss Sara Boyden, was honoured with the Asia Society Texas Center’s Huffington Award in Houston, USA. Princess Zahra was honoured for her outstanding contributions that have furthered international understanding, uplifted lives, and advanced health and education through her work with the Aga Khan Development Network.

David W. Leebron, President of Rice University, in conversation with Princess Zahra, Miss Sara Boyden, and President Al-Karim Alidina of the Ismaili Council for the USA, at the Asia Society Award Dinner.

The Asia Society Texas Center presented Princess Zahra with their highest honour, the Huffington Award, for her tireless work to uphold human dignity, develop future leaders, and spearhead health and education initiatives in more than 30 countries around the world.

Princess Zahra and Miss Sara Boyden meet with President Al-Karim Alidina and Vice President Celina Shariff of the Ismaili Council for the United States of America, upon their arrival into Houston.

Princess Zahra and her daughter, Miss Sara Boyden, arrived in Houston, Texas, earlier today at the invitation of the Asia Society Texas Center. Princess Zahra is being honoured with the Huffington Award at the annual Award Dinner being held later tonight. 

Mental health conditions often go undetected and unreported, as people can be reluctant to seek assistance.

Mental health is similar to physical health — everybody has it and should take care of it. When we reflect about our health in general, it is important to include the health of our minds as well as the health of our bodies in our thinking, plans, and conversations. On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, 10 October, we reflect on the importance of sound mind and a dignified quality of life.

The Ignite Summit opened its doors to a new set of potential entrepreneurs this year. Thanks to efforts to increase accessibility, three deaf participants travelled to Calgary to take part in the conference in May 2019.

Young learners and their teachers at the Aga Khan Early Childhood Development centre in Khorog, Tajikistan, enjoying a moment of outdoor play.

We often hear that the children of today are the leaders of tomorrow; that they will shape the future; and that the destiny of humankind lies in their hands. On the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, 5 October 2019, we explore the positive impact made by teachers and educators within the Jamat and beyond.

Mawlana Hazar Imam shares a light moment with Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

On a crisp autumnal morning in London’s King’s Cross, Mawlana Hazar Imam welcomed Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Aga Khan Centre, for a special event to celebrate the culture and heritage of Pakistan, and the contributions of the Pakistani diaspora to British society.

Mawlana Hazar Imam in conversation with Their Royal Highnesses, and the High Commissioner of Pakistan to the UK, His Excellency Mohammad Nafees Zakaria.

At the Aga Khan Centre on 2 October 2019, Mawlana Hazar Imam hosted Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The special event provided a platform for guests whose interests and engagements encompass the wide-ranging relationship between the UK and Pakistan, including members of the Pakistani diaspora making a meaningful contribution to society in the United Kingdom and beyond.