Founded in 1980, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is a private sector enterprise supporting economic, social and cultural development and various development programs in Asian and African countries where poverty is rampant. Through a holistic approach, the foundation incorporates aspects of environment, health, poverty and illness in the hopes of providing long-term solutions for the poor and improving the living conditions of impoverished regions within Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
A sister organization to AKFC, The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) focuses on the physical, social, and cultural revitalization of historic, urban and/or underdeveloped environments. As per the foundation’s holistic approach, though both organizations reinforce each other’s efforts in that they are part of the same network, they have different priorities. AKFC is the international and social arm of the organization, whereas AKTC is the cultural arm. Thus, AKTC addresses cultural restoration and development and protecting historic sites, predominantly those in unstable and vulnerable regions.
Tomorrow, AKTC will be holding a lecture and Q&A pertaining to the preservation and saving of heritage and history in the developing world. Christophe Bouleau of AKTC’s Historic Cities Programme will discuss various facets pertaining to historic sites in the context of development, such as the restoration of certain historic structures as well as rehabilitating specific public spaces like gardens and parks. In doing so, this helps with the social environment around it. Christophe Bouleau will also address AKTC’s work within communities, and how an integrated development approach could be beneficial in Canada.
Saving Heritage: Preserving History in the Developing World happens on Wednesday, Feb 24 at 7PM at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat (199 Sussex Drive). Doors at 6:30pm. Guests are invited to stay after the lecture for an informal reception. The lecture is free, but registration is required.