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Med Culture is a Technical Assistance Unit funded by the European Union for the promotion of culture as vector of Human, Social and Economic Development in South Mediterranean countries. 

Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC)

Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC)

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture focuses on the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalisation of communities in the Muslim world. It includes:

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture: the selection process emphasises architecture that not only provides for people’s physical, social and economic needs, but that also stimulates and responds to their cultural expectations. The Award seeks to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies across the world and set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture.

The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme (AKHCP): the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme promotes the conservation and re-use of buildings and public spaces in historic cities in the Muslim World. It undertakes the restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures and public spaces in ways that can spur social, economic and cultural development.

The Aga Khan Music Initiative: the Music Initiative began its work in Central Asia, and later expanded to include musicians and artistic communities from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. The initiative supports development of innovative approaches to traditional “master-apprentice” music training; performances and artistic collaborations among musicians in the Music Initiative’s regions of activity and other parts of the world.

The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: AKPIA's mandate is to educate architects, planners, teachers, and researchers who can contribute directly to meeting the building and design needs of Muslim communities today. AKPIA teaching and scholarship also serves to increase sympathetic cross-cultural interest in Islamic arts and culture. To date, more than 120 professionals from throughout the Muslim world have graduated from the Program