Young Ismailis make a significant contribution to wider society — By Inaara Gangji

Motivated, young Ismailis from across the globe are involved in civil society initiatives that serve their communities and societies, often started by themselves, and are gaining recognition at national and international levels. Involvement of youth in their communities is crucial to fostering a sense of empathy and encouraging participation in civil society initiatives for the…

Barakah com: India’s Aga Khan Council President shares 3 personal stories and lessons he learned from gracious time with Mawlana Hazar Imam during Diamond Jubilee visit

By ASHISH MERCHANT (President, His Highness the Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for India) President Ashish Merchant of the Aga Khan Council for India is seen at left as Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed to Mumbai by the Mukhi, Mukhiani, Kamadia and Kamadiani of the Darkhana Jamatkhana. Photo: AKDN/Aziz Ajaney. After the glorious Diamond…

Ismaili Centre in Dubai hosts talk on space tech— Gulf News com

Dubai: The Ismaili Centre in Dubai, in collaboration with the Belgium embassy in Abu Dhabi and VITO, a European research organisation, hosted a talk last week led by Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne, who is head of the European Astronaut Centre. Aziz Merchant thanks Frank De Winne (right) after his lecture in Abu Dhabi. The…

Networking for peace: Twenty-eight representatives from civil society organisations held discussions on their peacebuilding efforts near Potsdam, Germany

Peacebuilders from around the world convened this week for the second time to discuss best practices in the field. Innovative methods and strategies in peace processes were the focus of this year’s Global Peacebuilder Summi Group photo with all participating peacebuilders-© AA Holding discussions: participant from northern Kenya Fatuma AbdulkadirThe Global Peacebuilder Summit, promoted by…

Aga Khan Academies worldwide |18 schools in 14 countries to develop future leaders with the skills and knowledge to support positive development in their societies

The network of Aga Khan Academies will eventually form an integrated global learning community of about 18 schools in 14 countries (see a map), serving approximately 14,000 girls and boys of exceptional calibre and graduating 1,500 students annually. The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa-AKDN / Gary Otte The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad. | AKDN / Gary…

India/Pakistan: Thought leaders try to build a bridge to peace

Originally posted on Journeys to democracy:
Just a few of the hundreds putting their weight behind the resolution. Collage by Farhan Ahmed Without expecting overnight transformation, over 500 eminent signatories from both countries are hoping to create a ripple effect that changes how citizens and governments view each other. My piece in The Wire about the recent citizens’…

Europe: DIY networking: the path to a more democratic internet — By Panayotis Antoniadis on The Conversation com| Read how the communities are creating independent networks

DIY antennas are often placed in churches for better visibility, longer distance and better quality connections. Freifunk.net, CC BY-SA The refugee crisis has revealed the limitations of the telecommunications market to offer internet connectivity to people in need. As is often the case when the market fails, citizen organisations have stepped in. Freifunk.net, one of…

Dossier: Squeezed – Space for Civil Society — Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany

  Photo: Niklas Hughes. This image is licensed under Creative Commons License. Civil society is part and parcel of all political processes, be they national or international. It can shape political processes, successfully oranise political participation, uncover corruption and human rights abuses – and it will demand accountability from state actors. But all across the…

Afghanistan: A step forward for civil society — By Maiwand Rahyab on BAAG Org UK

Director of new initiative AICS explains some of the challenges faced by Afghan civil society A strong, credible and proactive civil society in Afghanistan is critical for the country to continue its journey toward becoming a just, democratic and prosperous nation. To date, civil society’s contribution to the development of Afghanistan is unquestionable. Afghanistan’s key…

Israeli Women Call for Change — By Irit Hakim on Safe World for Women org

By Irit Hakim, Israel Correspondent for Safeworld Trit HakimMany Israelis are brimming with energy to make changes more than ever, since the re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu​. Israeli people are mostly fed up with the government which became extreme-right and very fascist. Human rights are violated, the economic situation is very bad, and occupation…

As builders of institutions, Ismailis are helping to forge a stronger India —By Zaitoon Esmail Aly Jagmagia on The Ismaili Org

Once seen as a trading community from Gujarat, today Ismaili women and men are helping to shape India’s future. Builders of some of the country’s premier healthcare and financial institutions, they are also strengthening government administration.   The Ismaili community has long been a part of India’s fabric and continues to contribute towards the country’s…