#15 A look at International Development & Education with Farzana Karim-Haji
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Increasing access to opportunities in the developing world

In this episode of How to be the Difference, Johanna and Paul sat down with Farzana Karim-Haji, Associate Provost at Aga Khan University, Pakistan’s first private university.

Farzana has over 19 years of experience in strategic planning and the development of Aga Khan’s emerging international projects in Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Before joining AKU, Farzana worked at the United Nations Development Programme as a policy specialist on international development issues.

Her interdisciplinary background provided her with easily transferable skills as she transitioned from the UN to work in the academic world. Listen to this episode as Farzana explains the impact of building good governance, a strong civil society, and great education programs. She also touches on the importance of controlling brain drain and the decolonization of development.

Outline of this episode:
[0:28] - Introducing Farzana Karim-Haji
[3:38] - Growing up in Nairobi
[8:45] - On trying things outside your comfort zone
[11:30] - Connection to Aga Khan
[17:13] - Increasing opportunities in the developing world
[21:22] - What is brain drain?
[25:30] - Working in countries in conflict
[30:04] - How to help from a distance
[32:15] - The future of women in Afghanistan
[37:43] - What’s next for Farzana?

Resources & people mentioned:
Farzana Karim-Haji
Aga Khan
Johanna Molina
Paul Lynskey
The Intern Group
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