By MALIK MERCHANT
Publisher/Editor Simerg, Barakah and Simergphotos
New, new and new! Several new developments related to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) have been announced in the last 48 hours. Regrettably the AKDN website itself does not mention the new developments — or the author simply cannot locate the information easily at AKDN (this has been problematic in the past which hopefully has been addressed with the website redesign).
The new features are mentioned on the websites of the Ismaili and the news section of the University of Central Asia. They include a new URL, http: the.akdn (you may still access it using the old one www.akdn.org), a revamped website and a new logo that has been approved by Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. He heads the AKDN as well as all the institutions that are part of his Ismaili community around the world.
The Ismaili website states that the new AKDN website brings a fresh look with simplified navigation options and enhanced visuals. The design aims to be more user-friendly, and has been optimised for a variety of browsers and mobile devices. It invites the readers and members of the Ismaili community around the world to “explore the new AKDN website and to share feedback and suggestions by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The AKDN logo expresses interconnectivity. Polygons of three, five, and seven, form 49 different yet congruent units which interact with and reinforce each other to become one. They represent the Network as an interconnected programme encompassing social, cultural, and economic dimensions to improve the quality of life of individuals and the societies in which they live.
Date posted: September 23, 2022.
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