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Children wash their hands at school. Improved access to water, together with activities promoting water conservation and hygiene, leads to better wellbeing.

Improved access to water, together with activities in schools and communities to promote water conservation and better hygiene practices, leads to better wellbeing.

AKAH India

Certificate of Recognition - Dalmia Bharat Foundation’s CSRBOX CSR Impact Awards

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) India was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for its water, sanitation and hygiene work in Maharashtra. Through the project, AKAH India worked with communities across eight villages to increase water availability and improve sanitation infrastructure for over 12,000 people.

AKF is honoured by the Government of Pakistan: image of blue and gold award topped by a moon and star.

AKF is honoured by the Government of Pakistan

Pakistan 75th anniversary award

The Aga Khan Foundation was one of 75 recipients of the awards conferred by the Government of Pakistan during a ceremony marking the country's 75th anniversary. The only international non-governmental organisation to receive an award, it was recognised for its exceptional contribution as a development leader and the instrumental role it has played in the socioeconomic development of Pakistan.

A Voices from the Roof of the World screenshot showing backlit mountains.

 The second season of Voices from the Roof of the World has won the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Reporting on the Environment.

Voices from the Roof of the World

Winner - John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Reporting on the Environment

The second season of The Voices from the Roof of the World has won the prestigious John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Reporting on the Environment at Columbia Journalism School. The series explores the climate crisis in high-mountain Asia and the billions of people that depend on the rivers that flow from these mountains.

Mountains, valleys and a river with the text “Sebzor hydropower plant becomes world’s first project certified under the Hydropower Sustainability Standard”.

World First - Hydropower Sustainability Standard Certification

Pamir Energy’s Sebzor hydropower project in Tajikistan has become the world’s first project to be certified against the Hydropower Sustainability Standard. This independent sustainability certification scheme accredits hydropower projects that meet and exceed good practice in a wide range of sustainability topics.

A leopard walks amidst snow towards the camera.  Al logo saying “World Wildlife Day Film Showcase”.

World Wildlife Day Film Recognition

The film Snow Shadows, Snow Leopards has been selected for the 2023 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase: Conservation Heroes - Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation. Set in Pakistan, it shows how the world’s most elusive big cats, deprived of their usual prey, are forced into conflict with farmers.

The film is part of Voices from the Roof of the World, an environmental documentary series sponsored by the Aga Khan University, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, Aga Khan Foundation and University of Central Asia.

A woman uses a kettle on a shelf in her home.

Access to electricity has benefitted children and women especially; here a woman uses home appliances powered by micro hydropower.


Winner – Energy Globe Award

The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) has won the Energy Globe Award for its rural electrification project in Chitral, Pakistan. The award recognises innovative and sustainable projects that respond to environmental challenges and support communities. AKRSP won the award for installing two micro hydropower units in Chitral – one in Yarkhun and another in Laspur valley – providing electricity to over 3,000 households. Read more

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Winner - edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning

With close to a billion people living in slums, accommodating a growing population and improving dwelling conditions across the globe is a pressing issue. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Global Housing Design was developed by the Delft University of Technology for the Education Programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. It incorporated case studies based on Aga Khan Award for Architecture projects to explore social, economic and environmental factors.

A carved stone corner of the Quli Qutb Shah Tomb.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture expects to commence works on site within three months. The Qutb Shahi Tombs Complex, presently nominated to the World Heritage List, is proposed to be developed as an urban Archaeological Park, to showcase and ensure long-term preservation, and to enhance understanding of the 70 monuments that stand within its boundaries.

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Award of Distinction - UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture has been restoring the 70-structure Quli Qutb Shah Tomb complex in Hyderabad. The award was given for the work on the six stepwells. Read more

Baby turtles on the sand.

The Resort has released over 62,850 turtle hatchlings into the ocean.


Recognition for Marine Conservation

The Serena Beach Resort and Spa, Mombasa, Kenya received Ecotourism Kenya's Eco Warrior Award for Best Accommodation in Support of Marine Conservation. It was also ranked third in the Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards under the Marine and Coastal category.

The Resort has released over 62,850 turtle hatchlings into the ocean, and through its community participatory and incentive programme has turned fishermen who were previously poachers of turtles and their eggs into protectors.

A woman in a white uniform puts cloth through the laundry.

Solar powered laundry services won the Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge a 2018 Global Best Practice Award.

AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura

Country Best Practices Award - CINET Global Best Practices Awards

The Mara Serena Safari Lodge received the Country Best Practices Award 2022 Kenya at the CINET – the International Committee of Textile Care's Global Best Practices Awards. The independent international jury recognised the Lodge for its outstanding approach to professional textile care through eco-friendly, sustainable and energy efficient laundry services.

A row of five people hold up a framed award and an EIK banner.


Climate and Environmental Prize, Kenya - Environment Institute of Kenya, Nyanza Region

The Aga Khan Health Service in Kisumu was recognised to have "demonstrated evidence based strategies, programs and activities on Environment and Climate Change mitigation both within the institution and at community level".

Men work on partially restored orange walls with calligraphy and floral designs.

Sunder Nursery


The Merit List

The Merit List recognises projects of critical relevance in the context of contemporary architecture of India. Sunder Nursery Heritage Park was listed, with the citation saying: “Through persistent collaborative efforts and a long-term vision, a forgotten landscape is brought back into public imagination”.

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Arch consolidation in the Ayyubid Room, Citadel of Aleppo.


ICCROM-Sharjah Award, Syria

The Award for Best Practice in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management in the Arab region was given for the rehabilitation of the central souk in the Old City of Aleppo. Read more

People arrange soil in a square of earth outside the Sunder Burj.

Landscaping in the Sunder Burj garden.


Soul of the City - Monocle Magazine

The Sunder Nursery development was named one of 20 projects that have transformed cities across the world. The citation said that “It brings a breath of fresh air to northern India.”

Sundar Nursery’s Central Axis with the 16th century Sundar Burj in the backdrop.

Sundar Nursery’s Central Axis with the 16th century Sundar Burj in the backdrop, New Delhi, India.


Award for Special Recognition for Sustainable Development; Award for Excellence - UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture won these awards for the transformative management of the historic Sunder Nursery of New Delhi, India. Read more

A man stands amid small trees checking a flood warning system.

In Gilgit-Baltistan, a volunteer caretaker checks the Flood Early Warning System installed by AKAH.


World Habitat Awards 2020 Gold Award

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat won the World Habitat Awards 2020 Gold Award for its “Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and Technology for Safer Habitat” project in Pakistan. Read more

Two men in hard hats kneel by a solar array, pointing towards something in the distance.

Allpack, a project company of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, has used solar arrays to offset the cost of electricity in Kenya, resulting in a 21% cost savings and 90750 tonnes of carbon emissions avoidance per year.

AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura

Overall renewable energy winner - Kenya Association of Manufacturers

Allpack Industries Ltd., a project company of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, was awarded the overall renewable energy winner (small and medium consumer) at the 16th Energy Management Awards, organised by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers. Watch the video

Wire Products Ltd was named a Runner Up in the electricity savings award (small consumer) category. Read more

The Souk al-Saqatiyya: a flat white surface with domed structures.

As part of the Aga Khan Development Network’s humanitarian assistance activities, including emergency health care and food aid, AKTC undertook surveys and technical studies for the rehabilitation of Souk al-Saqatiyya.


CCROM-Sharjah Award for Best Practice in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management in the Arab region

The rehabilitation of the central souk in the Old City of Aleppo by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) received this biennial Award, which seeks to honour and reward outstanding work that contributes to the protection and vitality of tangible cultural heritage in the Arab world. Read more

Women with COVID masks make notes on a questionnaire.

The AKTC team and the health workers carried out the house-to-house WHO Covid-19 survey (for the Delhi Government) in 1862 households.


World Responsible Tourism Award - Neighbours and Employees - Highly Commended

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in India was commended for its work in Nizamuddin, Delhi on multiple fronts, including mobilising health workers to visit every home to create awareness, assisting in WHO house-to-house surveys, establishing a WhatsApp radio network, supplying emergency relief to 700 vulnerable families week after week and distributing masks made locally by women previously making tourist souvenirs. Read more

View over a crowded street with goats tethered on a roof.

Muharram gathering at Nizamuddin Basti

Ram Rahman

Indian Responsible Tourism Awards - Outlook Group

The Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Project was named the best social impact project. The citation said: “This public-private initiative led by the AKTC with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the Archaeological Survey of India and the Central Public Works Department demonstrates admirably how the urban renewal of a historic city can improve the quality of life for residents and meet tourism objectives.” Read more

Plants and flowers grow in beds outside the Sunder Nursery.

Landscaping work at Sunder Nursery


Rado - The Great Gardens of the World

Sunder Nursery was featured on the Great Gardens of the World website.

Time Magazine - World’s greatest places to visit.

Delhi’s Sunder Nursery was listed among Time Magazine’s top 100 world’s greatest places to visit. The magazine said: “Between the pollution and the crowds, it’s hard to get away in New Delhi. But now the Indian capital offers a respite: the city’s first arboretum.”

A woman in a white dress with red trim dances on grass with mountains in the background.

The opening of a new PECTA Tourism Centre at Bulunkul supported by AKF and USAID.

AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer

World's Top 100 Sustainable Destinations - Green Destinations

Leiden-based Green Destinations has awarded a “World's Top 100 Sustainable Destinations” designation to the High Pamirs Mountain Region. The High Pamirs are a mountain plateau located in Tajikistan, stretching from Afghanistan in the south, China in the east and Kyrgyzstan in the north. The Pamirs Eco-Cultural Tourism Association (PECTA), a project of the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (a part of the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan), has been working for years to promote responsible tourism to the Pamirs. It works to create fair job opportunities while encouraging preservation of historical heritage, natural resources and wildlife. Read more

“The Music of Central Asia” book cover, featuring a dancer in a courtyard.

The Music of Central Asia, edited by Theodore Levin, Saida Daukeyeva, and Elmira Köchümkulova.

Dartmouth Medal for the most outstanding reference work - Reference and User Services Association

"The Music of Central Asia", co-produced by the Aga Khan Music Programme, is a book that provides an informative introduction to musical heritage. It provides a companion website where viewers may access 189 audio and video examples accompanied by listening guides. Read more.

Runner Up: European Microfinance Awards

The First MicroFinance Bank – Afghanistan (an AKDN institution) was a finalist for “targeting rural clients and focusing on facilitating incremental building and home improvement”. The Award noted its "focus on providing expert technical support and the flexibility of its loan terms, as well as the particularly challenging context in which it operates".

In 2017, the European Microfinance Awards focused on “Microfinance for Housing”, intending to “highlight the role of microfinance in supporting access to better quality residential housing for low income, vulnerable and excluded groups, with no or limited access to housing finance in the mainstream sector.” Read more.

Aerial view of the Khorog 1 Hydropower Plant in a river valley, with a road alongside.

Khorog 1 Hydropower Plant, Tajikistan. Since 2002, Pamir Energy has restored 11 micro hydropower plants and upgraded 4,300 km of transmission lines, as well as distribution facilities.

AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer

International Ashden Award for Increasing Energy Access

Pamir Energy won the award for its work bringing hydro power to 220,000 people in eastern Tajikistan and 35,000 people in northern Afghanistan, as well as to many businesses, schools, and health centres.

Fifteen years before, only 13 percent of households in the region had reliable energy. By 2017, Pamir Energy had restored 11 micro hydro power plants and upgraded 4,300km of transmission lines, as well as distribution facilities, giving 96 percent of households in Viloyati Mukhtori Kuhistoni Badakhshan, some 220,000 people, access to clean, reliable and affordable energy.

In 2008, the company began exporting energy across the Panj River to communities in northern Afghanistan – some receiving electricity for the first time in their history. Read the AKDN press release and the article on the Ashden website.

Award of Merit - UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Awards

The citation on the conservation of Pakistan’s 17th-century Shahi Hammam’s said that “The project has returned the ornate Shahi Hammam to its former prominence within the Walled City of Lahore while giving further encouragement to other private conservation initiatives in the future.”

Top 12 public-private-partnership projects - UNECE

Pamir Energy was listed among the best 12 public-private-partnership projects during the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) forum. The Pamir Private Power Project has helped to enhance development and improve welfare in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, Tajikistan, by providing reliable, affordable, and clean electricity.

Gold-level President’s Award - Kenya

Two students from the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, Sumera Yego and Magdalena Gakuo, were the first Kenyans to achieve the gold-level 2015 President’s Award - Kenya. The President’s Award is a self development programme, involving 120 countries worldwide. It delivers life skills and ethical values to young people aged 14 to 25, with the aim of building a better society.

Africa's Leading Green Hotel - World Travel Awards

Nairobi Serena Hotel won Africa's Leading Green Hotel award at the World Travel Awards 2015. The Awards were established to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel tourism & hospitality industry.

A man stands on a wall with a city behind him, using a mobile phone.

The AKDN project company Roshan, Afghanistan's leading telecommunications operator, provides mobile phone services to more than 6.5 million Afghans.


Top 51 Companies Changing the World - FORTUNE Magazine

Roshan, which supplies telecommunications services for over 6.5 million Afghans, was named as one of the “Top 51 Companies Changing the World” by FORTUNE Magazine. The 51 global companies were chosen for the way they integrated social concerns and business practice. Roshan is one of the project companies of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. Read more

International TÜBA Academy Prize - Turkish Academy of Sciences

The director of the Centre for Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta, was conferred with Turkey's 2015 International TÜBA Academy Prize for his remarkable services in health and life sciences. The annual TÜBA Academy prizes are presented by the Turkish Academy of Sciences in three categories to scientists with original and path-breaking works in their fields. Dr Bhutta received the award in recognition of his ground breaking research on mother and child health, and contributions to global health and policy.

Gold Medal - Pakistan Academy of Science

Senior neurologist Professor Mohammad Wasay, of the Aga Khan University, has been awarded the Pakistan Academy of Science's gold medal 2015 in recognition of his work for prevention and control of neurological diseases in Pakistan.

Zimeo Excellence in Media Awards - African Media Initiative

Three Nation Media Group journalists were among 16 journalists recognised for their exemplary work in reporting on development issues at the inaugural 2015 ZIMEO Excellence in Media Awards by the African Media Initiative in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mr Mosota and Ms Kilonzo received a joint award in the data journalism category for a story published in the Daily Nation titled "Tobacco war gets graphic" on tobacco use in the country and its consequences. Ms Okeyo received the Dr Ameena Gurib-Fakim (president of Mauritius) Award for Excellence in Media: Science Reporting for her story titled "Medics prescribe measures to tame rising drug abuse" and published in the Business Daily, a Nation Media Group publication.

Leading Hotel - World Travel Awards

Islamabad Serena Hotel was awarded Pakistan's Leading Hotel & Pakistan's Leading Hotel Suite (read more), the Kabul Serena Hotel was awarded Afghanistan's Leading Hotel (read more), and Dushanbe Serena Hotel was awarded Tajikistan's Leading Hotel (read more) at the World Travel Awards at the Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2015 in Hong Kong.

Stevie Awards - International Business Awards

Roshan received five Stevie awards at the 12th annual International Business Awards (IBAs) in Toronto, Canada. The 2015 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories.

Receiving the highest honour of Stevie Award, Roshan’s CEO Karim Khoja was named “Executive of the Year” for the telecommunications industry. Shireen Rahmani, Director of Human Resources at Roshan, also received a Gold Stevie for “Human Resources Executive of the Year,” a category that spanned all industries worldwide. Shireen’s department was honoured as “Human Resources Department of the Year” in the Computer Services and Telecommunications division, receiving a Gold Stevie Award. Roshan also won a Silver Stevie Award for “Company of the Year – Telecommunications” and a Bronze Stevie Award for “Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Community Relations” for its Roshan Afghan Premier League programme. Read more

Kigali Serena Hotel, with plants in front of a lit pool in front of the building.

AKFED’s Tourism Promotion Services, operating under the brand name Serena Hotels, seeks to develop tourism potential in selected areas in the developing world, particularly in under-served regions where tourism facilitiies can contribute to economic growth and the overall investment climate. Photo: Kigali Serena Hotel in Rwanda, part of the Serena chain of hotels.


Leading Hotel in Rwanda Award - World Travel Awards

Kigali Serena Hotel was awarded the Leading Hotel in Rwanda Award by the 2015 World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean, with Kampala Serena Hotel and Nairobi Serena Hotel being given a similar award as Leading Hotels in Uganda and Kenya respectively. For more information, please visit the World Travel Awards website.

Nation Media Group’s NTV reporter Enock Sikolia and cameraman Charles Kariuki won 2015 CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year awards.

Nation Media Group’s NTV reporter Enock Sikolia and cameraman Charles Kariuki won 2015 CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year awards.

The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards

African Journalist of the Year - CNN

Nation Media Group’s NTV reporter Enock Sikolia and cameraman Charles Kariuki were among the five Kenyans who clinched the prestigious 2015 CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year awards. The NTV journalists won in the health category for their story on osteoporosis - a disease causing paralysis among Turkana residents due to brittle bones because of over-exposure to fluorine. Watch the video.

Social Impact Award - Times of India

The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme was one of two winners in the NGO section of the environment category of the Times of India Social Impact Awards 2015. Read more

Honourable Mention - UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Awards

“The Gali Surjan Singh Urban Conservation Project represents a heroic effort to combine restoration with much-needed infrastructural upgrading in the historic urban centre of Lahore [Pakistan]”, wrote the judges.

Chishti India Harmony Award - India Harmony Foundation

Ratish Nanda, Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (India), won an India Harmony Foundation’s Chishti India Harmony Award. Read more

Excellence in Journalism Awards - Media Council of Tanzania

Two senior journalists with The Citizen - investigative editor Lucas Liganga and senior reporter Mkinga Mkinga - were declared overall winners of the 2014 Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania, organised by the Media Council of Tanzania. They are the first two overall winners from the same media house, Mwananchi Communications Limited, part of the Nation Media Group.

Best Commercial Bank in Kyrgyzstan - Global Financial Review

Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB) was awarded the 2014 Best Commercial Bank in Kyrgyzstan prize by the Global Financial Market Review.

Mountain Protection Award - International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation

The Tajik horse tour operator Pamir Horse Adventure has won the 2014 UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation) Mountain Protection Award. Pamir Horse Adventure is an active member of the Pamirs Eco-Cultural Tourism Association (PECTA), established with the support of the Aga Khan Foundation's Mountain Societies Development Support Programme.

HR Leadership Award - World HRD Congress

Jubilee Life Pakistan won the HR Leadership Award for the second time in a row at the 2014 Asian HR Leadership Awards. The hosts, World HRD Congress, organise this award function every year to celebrate and recognise outstanding corporate individuals or organisations. Read more

Honourable Mention - Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

Conservation work by the Aga Khan Cultural Service on Gali Surjan Singh, home to 13 residences located within and near the Lahore Walled City's Delhi Gate, received an honourable mention from the 2014 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Read more

Social Contribution Award - Asia Communications Awards

Roshan received the Social Contribution Award at the 2014 Asia Communications Awards for the social impact of its telemedicine programme. This leverages the company's broadband and wireless infrastructure to build and improve Afghanistan's healthcare system by linking hospitals and medical specialists across the country.

The company also received a commendation for the "Best Brand Campaign Award" for its "New Heights" brand campaign, which celebrated Roshan's ten year anniversary of operations in Afghanistan and its role as a partner in the country's reconstruction and economic development.

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Winner - African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards

Nation Media Group: the Daily Nation's deputy news editor, Patrick Mayoyo, was the overall winner of the 2014 African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards that includes print, online, television and radio entries.

Prime Issuer of Union Pay International cards

Habib Bank Ltd won the award for being the Prime Issuer of Union Pay International cards in the Middle East and North Africa region. Read more

Outstanding Example of Best Practice - European Computer Driving Licence Foundation

The University of Central Asia was recognised as an outstanding example of best practice in the Corporate/Private category by the European Computer Driving Licence (EDCL) Foundation. This is the certifying authority for the world’s leading international computer skills certification programme, ECDL and (outside of Europe) the International Computer Driving Licence. Read more

Ihsan Dogramaci Family Health Foundation Prize - World Health Organization

Dr Zulfiqar Bhutta of the Aga Khan University and the Hospital for Sick Children, Canada, was presented with the World Health Organization Ihsan Dogramaci Family Health Foundation Prize for his global work on child and newborn survival and health.

Community-based Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change Award - JSW Foundation and The Times of India

The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), India won an award for 'Community-based Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change’ at the Earth Care Awards instituted by JSW Foundation and The Times of India. The honour recognises the efforts of AKRSP in India, under the SCALE project on economic development and institutional building in the tribal districts of Bharuch, Surat and Narmada. The Project’s initiatives have strengthened community-based institutions and developed ownership of common property resources. The interventions have led to better adaptability to the challenges posed by climate change in tribal areas of Gujarat. Read more.

Writing Awards - Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science

Nation Media Group journalists Lominda Afedraru (Daily Monitor) and Isaac Khisa (The East African) emerged respectively as the best 2014 science writer - Bio-sciences for Farming in Africa - and 2014 best agriculture business coverage writer, in the two-year Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science.

Ms Lominda was praised for her active, intensive and accurate coverage of agricultural science farming activities and bio-technology development in Uganda. Mr Khisa was praised for his in-depth coverage by the judges, Julia Vitullo-Martin and Sharon Schmickle - both senior journalists based in the US. About 160 journalists from Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, and Uganda participated in the fellowship that was coordinated in Cambridge University, with funding from the John Templeton Foundation based in the USA.

Kigali Serena Hotel, with plants in front of a lit pool in front of the building.

AKFED’s Tourism Promotion Services, operating under the brand name Serena Hotels, seeks to develop tourism potential in selected areas in the developing world, particularly in under-served regions where tourism facilitiies can contribute to economic growth and the overall investment climate. Photo: Kigali Serena Hotel in Rwanda, part of the Serena chain of hotels.


Best in Environmental Protection - Rwanda Corporate Social Responsibility Awards

Serena Hotels was among the winners of the Rwanda Corporate Social Responsibility Awards as "best in environmental protection”.

Corporate Social Responsibility Brands of the Year Award - The Brands Foundation

Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), Karachi won the Corporate Social Responsibility Brands of the Year Award 2013 for its indigenously designed solar shuttle. The Brands Foundation shortlists over 1,000 popular and trusted brands in Pakistan each year, from which a winner is selected for each category.

Winner - Caplow Children's Prize

Dr Anita Zaidi, head of the paediatrics department at the Aga Khan University and one of the first doctors trained by AKU, won the first $1 million Caplow Children's Prize.

Bank of the Year - The Banker

Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB) was awarded the 'Bank of the Year 2013', from the United Kingdom magazine The Banker. Read more

Kenya Media Network on Population and Development Awards - United Nations Population Fund

Fifteen Nation Media Group journalists were winners in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Seventh Annual Kenya Media Network on Population and Development awards, sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund.

Khaplu Palace after the restoration work, Khaplu, Pakistan.

Khaplu Palace after the restoration work, Khaplu, Pakistan.


Asia-Pacific Heritage Award of Distinction - UNESCO

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture's restoration of Khaplu Palace received a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award of Distinction.

From the citation: "Once the former seat of government and one of Baltistan’s finest royal residences, Khaplu Palace has been restored from a dire state of dilapidation. The work, undertaken with a high level of technical competence, addressed a range of challenges from structural concerns to historic landscaping in a manner that has retained the authenticity. The Palace has been reintegrated as a vital part of the community through its new function as a small-scale heritage hotel and Balti Folk Museum. The upgrade of the adjacent village’s infrastructure and the creation of new livelihood opportunities have ensured improved well-being for local inhabitants in this remote rural area. The project is testimony to the success of the well-tested approach to mobilising culture for sustainable development pioneered by the Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan."

World Travel Awards

Serena Hotels received six awards, including “Africa’s leading Hotel Brand”, at the 20th edition of the World Travel Awards. In addition to “Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand”, Serena hotels also won “Leading Eco Hotel of the Year 2013” for the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge; “Rwanda’s Leading Hotel 2013” for the Kigali Serena (an award it also won in 2012); “Kenya’s Leading Business Hotel 2013” for the Nairobi Serena Hotel; “Uganda’s Leading Hotel 2013” for Kampala Serena Hotel; and “Tanzania’s Leading Hotel 2013” for the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel.

Highly Commended - Virgin Responsible Tourism Awards

The Khaplu Palace and Residence in Baltistan, Pakistan, restored by AKTC and opened as a heritage hotel, was highly commended in the ‘Best in poverty reduction’ category. The judges wrote: “The Aga Khan Trust for Culture… have successfully combined conservation, restoration and re-use for tourism; and the rehabilitation of cultural crafts and historical assets." Read more

Award of Merit - UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Awards

The judges noted that Khilingrong Mosque in Shigar, Pakistan “has now revived traditional construction and craft techniques through a specialized skills development programme to train the local community and artisans. Not only has the project reinstated the religious function of the building, it has also reinvigorated an important public space for day-to-day social interactions among the community.”

Second Prize - HUDCO Design Award

The conservation of Hazrat Nizamuddin Baoli in New Delhi, India, won second prize in the Conservation of Heritage category. The well is over seven centuries old and portions had collapsed.

Habib Bank Limited.

Habib Bank Limited.


Best Retail Bank in Pakistan - International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards

Habib Bank Ltd (HBL) was the winning bank of the Best Retail Bank in Pakistan Award at the 12th International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards. Read more

Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania

Nation Media Group: Mwananchi Communications Ltd dominated the 2012 Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania, scooping 12 of the available 19 prizes. The Citizen's Chief Reporter, Mr Lucas Liganga, won the overall Journalist of the Year award.

Khaplu Palace after the restoration work, Khaplu, Pakistan.

Khaplu Palace after the restoration work, Khaplu, Pakistan.


Award of Distinction - UNESCO Asian-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

The restoration of Altit Fort in Hunza, in Pakistan Gilgit-Baltistan province, an Aga Khan Trust for Culture project undertaken by the Aga Khan Cultural Service, received an Award of Distinction at the 2011 UNESCO Asian-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Read more

Top 40 Development Innovator - Devex

AKDN was selected as a Devex Top 40 Development Innovator, based on a poll of thousands of global development professionals who are part of Devex, the largest network of aid and relief workers in the world. "Devex Top 40 Development Innovators is an impressive listing of the world’s leading donor agencies and foundations, development consulting companies, implementing NGOs, and advocacy groups," says the citation. Read more

Award of Distinction - UNESCO Asia Pacific Cultural Heritage Awards

For the ninth consecutive time, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has won a UNESCO Asia Pacific Cultural Heritage Award for its conservation efforts in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan province. The Gulabpur Khanqah in Shigar valley, Skardu, Baltistan, was awarded the Asia-Pacific Award of Distinction in Cultural Heritage.

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Award of Distinction - UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Awards

The citation for the restoration of Ali Gohar House in Ganish, Hunza, Pakistan, observed that “the project has had a catalytic impact on the growing movement favouring community-led conservation of local heritage in northern Pakistan.”

MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship - The Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation

The Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation awarded their first annual MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship to the Urban Health Program based at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. This innovative and long-standing programme run by Aga Khan University’s Department of Community Health Sciences provides critical health and socio-economic support to the squatter settlements of Karachi. While its impact has been far-reaching in several areas, it has had a notable effect on malnutrition, which has been cut by half in programme areas.

Award of Merit - UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Awards

The citation for the Shigar Historic Settlements and Bazaar Area, in Baltistan, Pakistan, said that “the project has achieved an overall urban upgrade of services and infrastructure that sensitively addresses the holistic needs of the community and sensitively fits in with the traditional setting. Key historic buildings have been restored and now anchor the traditional townscape, kindling pride of place in both older and younger generations alike.”

World Energy Globe Award

The Building and Construction Improvement Program (BACIP) – a built environment improvement initiative by the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan – was selected as the best of 800 entries in Pakistan for the World Energy Globe Award. In 2007, the Alternate Energy Development Board was selected for the award for Pakistan.

The wood and stone Serena Shigar Fort Hotel, lit up at night.

Surrounded by beautiful gardens and cherry orchards this former fort of the 17th century Raja of Shigar has been transformed into a 20-room heritage hotel, Serena Shigar Fort. The project combined the preservation and re-use of a significant historical and architectural site, with a commitment to socially responsible tourism and promoting economic development in Shigar Valley.

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Responsible Tourism Award - Virgin Holidays

The Shigar Fort Residence, which was restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and which is now operated as a small hotel by the Serena Hotels (a company of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development), received the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award in the "Best for conservation of cultural heritage" category.

From the citation: "For the sensitive restoration of this historic building and its development as a hotel which has placed the property once again at the heart of the community as a cultural and economic asset bringing employment, microenterprise opportunities, and social and cultural empowerment for local men and women." Read more

Ecotourism Award - Skål International

Serena Hotels received a Skål International Ecotourism Award in the Global Corporate Establishments category, which includes contributions made towards the conservation of nature and the environment, the conservation of cultural heritage, community involvement and benefits, educational features and innovation. Skål International, the largest organisation of travel and tourism professionals in the world, initiated the Ecotourism awards programme in 2002 in an effort to encourage the conservation of the environment and help to promote sustainable practices in the tourism industry.

Best Practices Transfers Award - Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment

The Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment gave the Best Practices Transfers award to the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services for "tangible impact resulting from the transfer of one or more of the following: ideas, skills, processes, knowledge or expertise, and technology; changes in policies or practices and sustainability of the transfer as part of a continuous process of learning and change". The selection of 12 winners was made from a list of 48 initiatives, which had been short-listed out of nearly 500 submissions.

People sit, lie and walk amidst palm trees in Al-Azhar Park, Cairo.
Al-Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt.

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One of 60 of the World's Best Places - The Project for Public Spaces

The Project for Public Spaces, which helps people turn their public spaces into vital community places, has selected Azhar Park as one of the "60 of the World's Best Places". From the citation: "In transforming such a large part of Cairo, which was for so long used as an open dump, the impact of Al-Azhar Park on the city is tremendous. It has been planned with a multitude of activities in mind and incorporates a conceptualised hilltop lookout kiosk, a children's play area, an amphitheatre and stage, playing fields, a viewing plaza and a historical wall promenade."

Children play in a circle outside a yurt classroom.

In the Kyrgyz Republic, the introduction of shift systems, satellite kindergartens and jailoo (pasture) kindergartens by the Aga Khan Foundation has increased access to Early Childhood Development in Osh and Naryn districts to 17% percent above the national average.

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Finalist - World Challenge

When the Aga Khan Foundation learned that many rural Kyrgyz children were missing out on kindergarten during the annual migration to the jailoo, or high pastures, for four to five months a year, it supported a programme to bring early childhood education to the mountains. The yurt kindergartens have since become exceptionally popular in the jailoo and even caught the notice of World Challenge, which nominated the programme as one of 12 finalists for its annual award. Read more

Lifetime Achievement Award - Prince Sultan bin Salman Award for Urban Heritage

The Lifetime Achievement Award of the second cycle of the Prince Sultan bin Salman Award for Urban Heritage was presented to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture for “AKTC’s widely recognised efforts in attending to urban heritage through many venues and activities” (Award citation). The ceremony was presided over by HRH Prince Khaled al-Faisal, Governor of the Makkah region, in the presence of HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman.

The Urban Heritage Award was created because "urban heritage conservation is a national necessity as it represents the identity of the society and the originality of its history," according to the organisers.

View up to the sand-coloured Ikhtyaruddin Citadel.

In 2008 the AKDN, in partnership with the Afghan Government, began the restoration of the Ikhtyaruddin Citadel in Herat.

AKDN / Simon Norfolk

Asia-Pacific Heritage Award of Excellence - UNESCO

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture's work in the restoration of Herat, Afghanistan received a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award of Excellence. UNESCO selected the project for demonstrating "the important role of cultural revitalisation as an integral part of the process towards establishing normalcy in a post-conflict situation. The restoration works display a high level of artisanship and a commitment to the use of traditional materials, leading to a positive impact in reviving the traditional construction system as well as local building trades. The community-led project has clarified the reading of the historic cityscape, strengthened the social fabric, and renewed Herat’s spirit of place." Another Trust project, the Shigar Historic Settlements and Bazaar Area, in Baltistan, Pakistan, received an Award of Merit. Read more

Award of Distinction - UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation

Pakistan - The Altit Settlement in Gilgit was said to display “an exemplary approach to integrated heritage conservation that has ensured the safeguarding of the historic village setting along with the improvement of the quality of life of local residents.”

Award of Merit - UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation

Pakistan - The Astana of Syed Mir Yahya, Skardu received the Award “for rescuing an important local religious landmark on the brink of ruin in a modest and culturally appropriate manner.”

Best National Micro-Entrepreneur Award Female - Citi-PPAF Micro-entrepreneurship Awards Programme

The First MicroFinance Bank’s client, Ms Sifat Gul from Gharam Chashma, Chitral won the “Best National Micro-Entrepreneur Award Female” at the Citi-PPAF Micro-entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Islamabad. Dr Ishrat Hussain, former Governor State Bank of Pakistan was the Chief Guest for the occasion where Sifat Gul was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 115,000.

The objective of the Citi-PPAF Micro-entrepreneurship Awards Programme 2007 is to illustrate and promote the effective role that micro-finance plays in poverty alleviation. It recognises the extraordinary contributions that individual micro-entrepreneurs have made to the economic sustainability of their families and communities.

Honourable Mention - Travel + Leisure Global Innovation Awards

The Aga Khan Music Initiative (now Programme) received an Honourable Mention in the 2007 Travel + Leisure Global Innovation Awards. From the citation: "Recognising the vital role music has played in the cultures of Central Eurasia and the Middle East, and fearing its increasing fragility in the face of rapid modernisation throughout the region, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture established the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia in 2000. By setting up music schools throughout the region and supporting a worldwide touring programme, the Trust aims to preserve Central Asia’s musical heritage by ensuring its transmission to a new generation of artists and audiences - both inside the region and beyond its borders." Read more

Best of Asia Award - TIME Magazine

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture was awarded another Best of Asia award for its restoration of Babur's Gardens in Kabul, Afghanistan.

From the citation: "When the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, in collaboration with the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, began to restore the gardens in 2002, they decided to honour Babur's original instructions. His grave now lies open to the sky, encircled by a delicate, carved marble screen and surrounded by fruit trees full of songbirds. The rest of the 4.5-hectare garden, which once served as a temporary refuge for civilians displaced by war, has been returned to its former glory. The complex system of water canals that channel rainfall from the surrounding hills has been rebuilt, turning the sere hillside into a verdant oasis. Graceful saplings have replaced the great chinar trees that were felled for firewood, and the fountains burble once again with clean water. There are even plans to turn the elegant European pavilion built by Amir Abdur Rahman Khan in the late 1800s into a restaurant. On Fridays, the start of the Muslim weekend, the gardens are thronged with picnicking families who come to enjoy classical concerts much like the performances that enhanced the former Emperor's idylls. Finally, one can see why Babur wanted this to be his last resting place."

World Habitat Award

The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan received the World Habitat Award for its efforts to improve housing conditions in Pakistan through its Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP). The programme has developed low-cost, seismic-resistant, energy and resource-efficient housing construction methods and standards, benefiting more than 50,000 people by 2006. BACIP has been listed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-Global Environmental Facility/ Small Grants Programme as an example of best practice.

Award of Excellence - UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation

The Shigar Fort Palace received the Award of Excellence in the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. The Shigar Fort has been converted, through adaptive re-use, into a small hotel.

From the commendation: “The Award of Excellence winner, Shigar Fort Palace (Skardu, Northern Areas, Pakistan) was commended for setting a high-profile precedent for a sustainable modern reuse of heritage structures in Pakistan. The adaptation into a boutique hotel has strategically capitalised on the complex’s authentic local architecture and dramatic setting in the Karakoram mountains to create a unique destination for visitors. Through a holistic community development approach, multiplier effects from the project have benefited the local villagers in form of job creation, upgrade of shared infrastructure and water supply, and renewed pride in the area’s rich crafts and intangible heritage traditions."

Nirmal Gram Award

The Indian village of Karan, in the Gujarat's taluka of Siddhpur, received the "Nirmal Gram" Award. The project to make the village "nirmal" (clean) was undertaken by the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services (AKPBS), India, with the full cooperation of the Patan district's rural development committee. Karan has a population of 766 people and 130 families. Each home now has a toilet facility and underground sewerage. There have also been changes in common practice that have led to improved health.

Gold Award - Pacific Asia Travel Association

The restoration and re-use of Shigar Fort Palace by the Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan won a Gold Award in the Heritage and Culture category of the Pacific Asia Travel Association.

Most Innovative Development Project - Global Development Awards

The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in Pakistan won the Global Development Award for Most Innovative Development Project. The award, which was announced at the Seventh Annual Global Development Conference held in St. Petersburg, Russia, was given to the development projects that are judged to have the greatest potential for benefiting the poor in developing countries. Read more

Alcan Prize for Sustainability - Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum

The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service in Pakistan (AKPBS,P) was named the 2005 winner of the $1 million Alcan Prize for Sustainability by the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum. It received the award for its efforts to improve Pakistan’s built environment and water and sanitation facilities. Launched in 1997, the programme's aim is to reduce the risk of water-borne diseases through the provision of potable water as well as improved hygiene and sanitation practices. The success of this programme has led to a partnership between AKPBS,P and the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund. As a result, the programme has been replicated in several other areas with the support of donors and partners. Read more

Global Vision Innovation Award - Travel + Leisure Magazine

The Azhar Park project in Cairo won the Global Vision Innovation Award from Travel + Leisure Magazine. From the citation: "Our judges were drawn to the extraordinarily multifaceted approach of this project: Al-Azhar provides leisure and recreational space to a city that has little; acts as an engine of social and economic development for neighbouring residents; and is a catalyst for historic preservation. In a city where the amount of green space per resident was roughly the size of a footprint, Al-Azhar is a much-needed green lung for Cairo's 17 million inhabitants... Al-Azhar has proven to be one of the most significant urban renewal efforts in recent history."

Financial Transparency Award - Consultative Group to Assist the Poor

The First MicroFinance Bank Ltd (FMFB) in Pakistan was awarded one of five top Financial Transparency Awards in a competition sponsored by the World Bank-affiliated Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP). The winners were selected from 175 applications sent in from 57 countries. The Bank had the distinction of being the youngest institution to get the top award. FMFB had also earned an “Honourable Mention” in 2004.

Global Microentrepreneurship Award

Two entrepreneurs supported by the First MicroFinanceBank Ltd (FMFB), Pakistan won the Global Microentrepreneurship Award in a ceremony jointly organised by the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the Citigroup Foundation and Pakistan National Committee for 2005 International Microcredit.

Selection for the Award was made by an independent panel comprised of experts from UNDP, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), Citigroup Foundation and Harvard Business School. One hundred and ten successful case studies were evaluated and 16 shortlisted before eight finalists were chosen. FMFB was the only institution with two entrepreneurs winning first prize.

In 2004, FMFB entrepreneurs had received first and second prizes and two runner-up prizes.

Asia Pacific Heritage Conservation Award of Merit - UNESCO

The Amburiq Mosque, the first mosque built in Baltistan, received a UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Conservation Award of Merit. The project was praised for its "sensitive conservation programme which was undertaken by the Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistan. The building and its courtyard have now been returned to modern use as a community museum, giving renewed life to one of the region’s historically and socially significant structures."

A corner of the restored Baltit Fort with a view of the mountains, river and sky beyond.

The conservation of Baltit Fort, and the stabilisation of the historic core of the village of Karimabad in the Hunza Valley, were the Trust's first major interventions in Pakistan.

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Best Restored Treasure - TIME Magazine Best of Asia

The restoration of Baltit Fort in the Hunza Valley of Pakistan appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine (27 June 2005, Asian edition) in a roundup of the "Best of Asia". It won the "Best Restored Treasure" award. TIME said that "seven hundred years' worth of earthquakes, avalanches and neglect had turned it into a rubble-strewn heap, prompting the Mir to turn it over to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in 1989. The charitable foundation embarked on a restoration, which took six years and more than $3 million - and the results are stunning." Read more

Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy

The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in Pakistan has won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy for "outstanding and innovative renewable energy projects". The Award was given for the innovative use of mini hydroelectric plants, called micro-hydels.

The Ashden Award cited the sustainable and eco-friendly solution: "Unlike dams, which invariably damage the local eco-system, the micro-hydel technology used by AKRSP involves simply digging a narrow channel to divert water along a hillside and into a pipe, creating enough pressure to turn a turbine and so produce 20 -100kw of power."

Over 180 micro-hydel units supplying electricity to 50 percent of the population of Chitral, Pakistan had been built by 2005. The projects are implemented, maintained and managed by the communities themselves.

A view of the Baltit Fort, sited on a steep hill.

The restored Baltit Fort is an iconic marker of the cultural heritage of Gilgit-Baltistan.


Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Award for Excellence - UNESCO

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Award for Excellence for its restoration of the Baltit Fort, Pakistan. From the citation: “The restoration of the majestic 700-year-old Baltit Fort exemplifies excellence in conservation practice applied to large-scale monuments. This challenging project was the first of its kind in northern Hunza. By demonstrating that historic structures can be saved, restored and recycled for continued use in the community, the Baltit Fort project is a model for the revitalisation of historic structures throughout the northern regions of Pakistan. In this project, the historic wood and masonry structure was carefully repaired using a combination of traditional local knowledge and state-of-the-art conservation techniques. The fort's restoration has fostered the local revival of traditional building trades, while an associated handicrafts project provides improved livelihood opportunities in the area. In its new use as a cultural centre and museum, the Baltit Fort attracts thousands of visitors to the province and has contributed to reinvigorating the local community's pride in their heritage".

Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Award - UNESCO

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture won a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Award for the astana (historic tomb) of Syed Mir Muhammad in Khanqah Settlement. The citation describes the "noteworthy restoration of the 300-year old mausoleum... which returns an important architectural and community landmark to its former prominence in the northern Pakistan highland settlement of Khaplu. The building’s aged patina and historic character have been carefully retained through skilful and sensitive conservation techniques."

The Awards are designed to "recognise the efforts and contributions of individuals and organisations within the private sector, including private-public partnerships, who have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the Asia-Pacific region".

Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Award - UNESCO

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture won a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Award for the Ganish settlement projects. From the award citation: “The restoration of four 300-year old wooden mosques in the Hunza Valley has successfully revitalised the village “chataq”, the traditional public heart of the Ganish historic settlement. Initiated and undertaken by the villagers, with professional guidance, the project has rebuilt community spirit in an authentic rural village which has undergone major socio-economic change and natural disasters over the years.

"The restrained conservation approach has stabilised the buildings which were in danger of collapse, while retaining the rich historic patina and showcasing the intricate detailing of the structures. Modern materials were selectively incorporated alongside the use of traditional materials and techniques. The preservation of the surrounding buildings and infrastructural improvements was sensitively executed, consequently strengthening the traditional urban fabric while upgrading the quality of life of the residents. The project presents an outstanding example of a community-led initiative strategically facilitated by outside support.”

Tourism for Tomorrow Award Global Winner - British Airways

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture was the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award Global Winner. From the citation: "The Aga Khan Trust for Culture has restored the prime historic landmark of the 700 year old Baltit Fort on the terraced slopes in Hunza, in Northern Pakistan. The main theme of the project is to preserve this setting despite natural decay and the inevitable impact of recent changes, such as urbanisation which has begun to threaten the integrity of the built heritage. The Fort is now a museum and cultural centre. Moreover, culturally and environmentally compatible small enterprises are being promoted which provide gift items, local woollen rugs and hand-knotted vegetable dye carpets for visitors.

"These activities are playing a major part in reinvigorating the traditional community spirit and restoring the residents' pride of their heritage. A self-paying waste management project has been set up to safely dispose of human waste and garbage. The project now attracts over 20,000 visitors, half of which are from outside the country. Access to the Fort is limited to pedestrians and only 25 visitors are allowed at any one time. To reduce the pressure on the environment there is a break from tourists during the 4-5 months of winter."

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