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The Ford Foundation was established on January 15, 1936. The foundation is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that makes grants or loans to build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. The Foundation works with leaders and organizations that advance the cause of social justice, strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement.
The Ford Foundation supports the cultural revival programme in Nizamuddin Basti aimed at revitalising the historic neighbourhood through cultural activities centred around the tangible and intangible heritage of the Basti.
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The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) was founded in 1988 and is registered in Geneva, Switzerland, as a private, non-denominational, philanthropic foundation. It is an integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The Aga Khan Trust for Culture supports the conservation and creative re-use of historic buildings and public spaces which facilitate social, economic, and cultural development. It focuses on the physical, social, cultural and economic revitalisation of communities in the Muslim world.
The AKTC project undertakes the restoration of historic structures, the improvement of public spaces and the rehabilitation of urban areas in ways that catalyse socio-economic and cultural development of the resident community.
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The objective of the cultural revival programme under the AKTC’s Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative is to develop the area into one of the historic and cultural centres of Delhi by sensitively exploiting the rich cultural assets of the area, which in turn, will spark its socio-economic development and provide sustainability for the physical upkeep and uplifting of the traditional substance of Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti. Nizamuddin area has also a rich legacy of Sufi traditions including the music and poetry associated with the 13th century Sufi Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and his disciple, the legendary poet-composer Hazrat Amir Khusrau ‘Dehalvi’.

The Cultural Revival programme has focused on documenting, interpreting and disseminating the legacy of this cultural icon, whose literature, music, beliefs have been possibly the most influential impact on present day ‘Hindustani’ culture.

Funded by Ford Foundation, Aalam-e-Khusrau (Universe of Khusrau) - includes public performances (Mehfil), audio-visual exhibitions (Numaish), fellowship programmes (Wazifa), scholarship programme (Shagird) to celebrate and propagate plurality through the legacy of Hazrat Amir Khusrau and leading to setup a permanent archive and research centre on Hazrat Amir Khusrau Dehlvi at the Basti.