[S]topping a productive initiative simply because it might go on another six months or it might require additional financing, is extremely short sighted. What is important, is to complete it, to complete it well …

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AKDN.ORG

The first lesson we learnt, is that these spaces — historic cities, open spaces — these are the spaces where the poorest people of society congregate when they become urbanised. It is the easiest means for poor people from the rural environment to enter the urban context. And therefore every time you touch an area such as a historic city or an open space, you’re in effect touching some of the poorest people in the country….

I would like to add one final thought. Our experience in these initiatives has been that whereas you can maybe schedule an investment in an electrification plant or in an industry, it is very difficult to predict the outcomes of an initiative such as this. And developers will criticise me for saying ‘you want to engage us in the unknown.’ Yes, I do. But I want to engage them intelligently. I want them to understand that one of the characteristics of this activity is that you discover more opportunity as you move forwards from year to year. And therefore stopping a productive initiative simply because it might go on another six months or it might require additional financing, is extremely short sighted. What is important, is to complete it, to complete it well, and to make sure that the benefits are measurable for the communities that you wish to serve.

NTV news broadcast

[R]emember how often your parents told you to be patient, when you were in a hurry to see the good things in life. And the Aga Khan Trust for Culture started discussing this project in Nairobi eight to ten years ago. We’ve been patient….

TheIsmaili.org

Culture is a trampoline for development and assistance for some of the poorest people in the world …

The Trust for Culture deals with cultural issues, environmental issues, and seeks to invest in the rehabilitation of cultural assets in the developing world. We are able to demonstrate that the support these sorts of initiatives give is as good as a micro dam or a ring road or an irrigation channel….

His Highness the Aga Khan IV

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