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March 8, 2012

Aga Khan Development Network and the Japan International Cooperation Agency Deepen Partnership in Asia and Africa

PhotoMr. Aly Nazerali, the Aga Khan Foundation's CEO and AKDN's Senior Advisor on Policy and Institutional Relations(left), and Mr. Masato Watanabe, Vice President of JICA (right) shakes hands after signing an agreement.

Tokyo, 8 March 2012 -- The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement today to deepen and widen their partnership in international development.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Tokyo by Mr. Aly Nazerali, the Aga Khan Foundation's CEO and AKDN's Senior Advisor on Policy and Institutional Relations, and Mr. Masato Watanabe, Vice President of JICA.

"Because JICA and AKDN's operations complement each other, working together makes the best use of our available resources and expertise and extends the impact and reach of our joint programmes," said Aly Nazerali.

"We share common thinking and approaches on how we operate, and this new partnership reflects a shared commitment in areas where we can work together most effectively," said Masato Watanabe.

The MOU commits the two agencies to work together towards sustainable development and equitable growth, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and neighbouring countries, as well as Eastern and Western Africa.

AKDN and JICA already collaborate in development programmes in the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border areas and are preparing programmes that jointly support microfinance in Pakistan. Under the new partnership, the two agencies have agreed to further enhance cooperation in sectors such as agricultural development, education, energy, financial sector development and microfinance, health and infrastructure.

Notes

  • [1] The AKDN is a group of autonomous international development agencies, established by His Highness the Aga Khan to contribute towards economic, social and cultural improvement of the human condition, and presently implementing its objectives through ten agencies, including two universities.
  • [2] Please refer to the following site for further information on the AKDN.
    http://www.akdn.org/

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