I view this as an agreement of a much wider spectrum of importance and outcome than you might think, simply by talking about the profession of nursing. In the past years we have seen a number of countries in the developing world enter into the dimension of what I call failure of competent democratic government. A number of countries have run into difficulty; constitutional management, economic management, the management of pluralist societies. When governments are fragile, it is civil society which comes in and sustains the development process. Professional nursing, educating women, is an absolutely fundamental pillar to the building of society.

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AKDN Press Release

McMaster University and the Aga Khan University (AKU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to address commonly shared objectives in the health sciences, sciences, the social sciences, humanities and business.

The Memorandum was signed in Toronto by McMaster University President Dr. Peter George and President Firoz Rasul of the Aga Khan University, in the presence of Canada’s Minister of International Cooperation, The Honourable Beverly J. Oda and His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. His Highness the Aga Khan is the Founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network and Chancellor of AKU.

I view this as an agreement of a much wider spectrum of importance and outcome than you might think, simply by talking about the profession of nursing (said the Aga Khan at the ceremony).

In the past years we have seen a number of countries in the developing world enter into the dimension of what I call failure of competent democratic government. A number of countries have run into difficulty; constitutional management, economic management, the management of pluralist societies. When governments are fragile, it is civil society which comes in and sustains the development process. Professional nursing, educating women, is an absolutely fundamental pillar to the building of society.

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This occasion today has very, very great importance to me. It covers much more than a profession. It covers a relationship between Canada, a major institution in Canada, and the sustaining and development of the capacities of developing countries to sustain and develop their civil society, which is the only underwriter of development when governments fail.

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