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   ROSHAN AND THE AGA KHAN DEVELOPMENT NETWORK WIN
PRESTIGIOUS EXCELLENCE IN CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY AWARD

   Roshan and the Aga Khan Development Network Honored for their
    innovative model to reinvest in Afghanistan and the community


        Kabul, February 26th, 2007 – Roshan, the leading Telecom operator in
Afghanistan, and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) today received
special recognition for Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy from the Committee
Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP).           The prize acknowledges Roshan’s
unprecedented investments in socio-economic development in Afghanistan.


        This honor, specifically created in recognition of the innovative reinvestment
model implemented jointly by AKDN and Roshan, was made today at the 7th annual
award ceremony in New York. Previous winners of the Excellence in Corporate
Philanthropy Award include Cisco Systems, GE, Novartis, Pfizer, Target, IBM, Merck,
Grand Circle Corporate, Arch Chemical, Hasbro, Whole Foods Market and
Timberland.


        Roshan and AKDN were selected by an esteemed jury from the corporate,
nonprofit, consulting, media, and academic communities for “unprecedented social-
economic achievements by a commercial organization in partnership with a
development agency”.


        Roshan is part of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, which is
one of nine AKDN agencies that address a wide spectrum of development
challenges. AKDN is a group of private, non-denominational development agencies
seeking to improve opportunities and living conditions in parts of the developing
world, especially Africa and Asia. Its social and economic development programs
include health, education, microfinance and cultural projects. The organization works
to improve the lives of all citizens, regardless of their gender, origin or religion.


        “Roshan, which has quickly become the largest private sector company in
Afghanistan, continues to invest in numerous social and cultural development
projects, including those undertaken by AKDN in Afghanistan. These projects build
on AKDN’s philosophy of sustainable development and we feel particularly proud to
receive this special recognition” said Lutaf Kassam, Chairman of Roshan and
member of the Executive Committee of Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development
(AKFED).


          Karim Khoja, Roshan Chief Executive Officer, speaking at the Award
Luncheon said: “I am honored that the unique model implemented by AKDN and
Roshan has inspired the CECP to look beyond their standard award categories and
specially recognize our innovative model. It has been our operational foundation and
commitment to become a global benchmark not only in terms of quality and
innovation, but also in terms of effective reinvestment within Afghanistan and the
community we serve. From the start, Roshan has consistently integrated social
development with the way we do business, by for instance expanding coverage to
remote areas that may not be economically viable today, creating jobs directly and
indirectly, or using communications to help improve lives with innovations such as
Mobile-based money transfer or Telemedicine.”


          Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd) is Afghanistan’s
leading     Telecom   operator,   with coverage   in   over   160   major   cities   and
towns and over one million subscribers. Roshan directly employs more than 800
people and provides indirect employment to more than 15,000 people. Since its
inception 4 years ago, Roshan has invested over US$250 million in Afghanistan and
is the country’s single largest investor and tax payer. Roshan is deeply committed to
Afghanistan’s reconstruction and socio-economic development.


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About CECP


The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) is the only international
forum of business CEOs and Chairpersons with an agenda exclusively focused on
corporate philanthropy. The Committee's mission is to raise the level and quality of
strategic corporate giving nationally and globally by identifying, educating, promoting,
and recognizing best practices and measurements of corporate philanthropy. CECP's
members embrace and encourage other business leaders to promote the case for
corporate philanthropy.
www.corporatephilanthropy.org


About Roshan Social Program

Roshan Social Programs (RSP) is the Corporate Social Responsibility department of
Telecom Development Company Afghanistan trading as Roshan. Roshan corporate
social responsibility efforts are focused on creating sustainable programs aimed at
rebuilding the war-torn country through the development of education, healthcare,
arts and culture, with a special emphasis on helping women and children.


The Roshan Social Program is guided by its Mission Statement: “To be a driver in the
reconstruction of Afghanistan by investing in the communities in which Roshan
operates, reducing distress and providing opportunities for a better future, and
educating in order to build human potential and capacity.”

RSP is focusing on five key sectors of development:

   1. Commerce
           Established 800 PCO businesses to provide new jobs to Afghans,
           particularly those that are less privileged. This includes supporting the
           DDR (Disarmament Demobilization Reintegration) Program, setting up
           Women in business and also working with the Government to set up
           people who are handicapped.

           Established an Afghan owned and managed Dealer & Distribution
           network, thereby spurring entrepreneurship and economic growth.

   2. Health
           Training of medical technicians in cooperation with Ministry of Public
           Health and Aga Khan University Hospital

           Initiated the first Telemedicine Project in Afghanistan to address the lack
           of specialist healthcare in Afghanistan

   3. Social Welfare
           Sponsor a soup kitchen project for homeless Afghan children in
           association with Aschiana (Afghan NGO). Over 10 000 meals are
           distributed every month.
           Developed Woman to Woman Program (W2W), which provides selected
           women telephone scratch cards on consignment to sell to other women
           and can yield them a minimum income of $50 per month
           Established “Roshan brings Roshan” program which is the fundraising
           arm of Social Programs. It enables partners, employees and others to
           participate in the reconstruction and capacity building effort
    4. Education
            Implemented one creative solution to compensate the shortage of
            educational material through the purchase, dubbing and broadcast of high
            quality internationally recognized educational children’s TV programs.

            School building

    5. Culture/Sport
            Roshan has initiated the construction of playgrounds in Herat, Kunduz
            and Khost. These are the first three of many playgrounds that are planned
            on being built throughout Afghanistan. The playgrounds will create a
            sense of pride in the communities in which they are built, and will promote
            the development of schools, businesses and other community services in
            the area.
            Sponsored the Afghanistan Cricket Federation which allowed the National
            team to play in international tournaments for the first time.
            Sponsored a series of concerts to showcase Afghan talent
            Sponsored the first Afghan Star talent search competition (the Afghan
            equivalent of American Idol)
            Sponsored the first and second Kite Festival in Afghanistan – flying kites
            had been banned during the Taliban period
            Sponsored the Afghan Olympic and Para-Olympic Teams – this was the
            first time that women were able to represent Afghanistan during Olympic
            Games.




About the Aga Khan Development Network


The Aga Khan Development Network, which has been supporting humanitarian
assistance and rehabilitation in Afghanistan since 1995, works for the common good
of all citizens, regardless of their gender, origin or religion. In all its activities, AKDN is
guided by Islam's ethic of compassion for those less fortunate. At the same time, the
Islamic ethic discourages a culture of dependency, lest it undermine a person's
dignity. AKDN’s ultimate aim, therefore, is to help the poor achieve a level of self-
reliance whereby they are able to plan their own livelihoods and help those even
more needy than themselves. Its programs in Afghanistan come under a
comprehensive development agreement signed by His Highness the Aga Khan and
President Hamid Karzai.
For further information on ROSHAN, please contact:
Shamsia MITHA
PR Manager
ROSHAN
Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd.
House #13, Main Street, Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul, Afghanistan
Office: +93 (0) 799 971 728
Fax: +93 (0) 79 978 800
E-mail: shamsia.mitha@roshan.af
Or visit our website: www.roshan.af


For information on the Aga Khan Development Network, please visit the website:
www.akdn.org

								
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