off-grid solar sector has expanded into a $1.75 billion annual market serving 420 million users over the past decade | Market Trends Report 2020 — World Bank org

STORY HIGHLIGHTS The off-grid solar sector has expanded into a $1.75 billion annual market serving 420 million users over the past decade and continues to grow. As the sector matures and productive use of off-grid solar solutions such as solar water pumps, cold storage and other products servicing public institutions become natural expansion areas, companies…

The Arts Come Home to Bethlehem — Written by Mariam Shahin, Photographs courtesy of Dar Jacir on Aramco World com

Scattered across an expansive outdoor stone patio, family members embrace and art connoisseurs gather shoulder to shoulder with a beaming Yusuf Nasri Jacir. The 83-year-old’s adult daughters, Emily and Annemarie Jacir, and some 200 supporters, beneficiaries and children from a Bethlehem-area refugee camp reflect his pride in celebrating the reopening of the Jacir family home….

Should Swahili be an official language for Africa?| Four young people from Nigeria, Kenya, Burundi and Cameron discussed with host Eddy Micah Jr | Also Video on Swahili

Africa is home to linguistic diversity. In fact, It is estimated that the number of languages spoken in the continent could be between 1.250 and 2.100. Nigeria alone has over 500 languages. Swahili, Arabic, Somali, Amharic, Hausa, Fulani and Yoruba are only some of the most spoken languages on the continent. Wouldn’t it be easy…

Do We Still Need Faith in the 21st Century?–Video | Posted by Islamicate com

Belief without evidence, that’s faith. It’s the cornerstone of religion. For many, it is a centering force that’s essential for navigating life’s mysteries and challenges. But for others, ever-increasing access to information, science, advanced technology has meant a loss of faith, or at least a reckoning with what it means.   Source: Islamicate com Jan…

University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) Bokhtar Holds Milestone First Graduation for 160 Students

The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) celebrated its first graduation ceremony at its learning centre in Bokhtar (Tajikistan) on February 15th 2020. Over 160 students successfully completed courses in Conversational English, Russian, business planning, accounting and the International Computer Driving License (ICDL). The Bokhtar centre opened in March 2019,…

Universal health coverage possible if nurses and midwives play their pivotal role | Construction of 600-bed capacity Aga Khan University Hospital and Academic Centre is underway in Kampala, Uganda

Kampala, Uganda, 8 February 2020 – Evelyne Amulen, a midwifery graduate at Aga Khan University (AKU), went to great lengths to pursue her education. For two years, she travelled over 600 kilometres from Karamoja to Kampala twice a week to pursue undergraduate studies at AKU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery.  “If I didn’t get a…

Tajikistan: International health care professionals contribute to establishment of AKMC, Khorog — The Ismaili, TNK (Time and knowledge Nazarana)

The Aga Khan Health Service, Tajikistan (AKHS, T) recently established the Aga Khan Medical Centre, Khorog (AKMC, K) as a private, not-for-profit hospital, offering high quality health care to the community. It began operations in December 2018, providing outpatient care, diagnostics and physiotherapy services. In April 2019, the hospital expanded its offerings to include inpatient,…