- 10 December 2010
- Sources: Primary
- Categories: Aga Khan IV ·· Audio/Video ·· Civil Society & Non-commercial ·· Development Strategies ·· Incomplete ·· Interviews ·· Published ·· Qatar ·· Society (Modernity & Tradition) ·· Society (Rural) ·· Society (Ummah)
The general goal of the Aga Khan Development Network, as system of agencies, is to assist in the construction of civil society. Over the past 50 years we have come to the conclusion that the strength and quality of civil society is the greatest guarantor of processes of positive change….
I think the issue is not only the differences in quality of life — there are many other criteria and one of the ones we’re most exposed to, as a network of institutions, is what is healthy speed of change? Because you can move to fast. It’s not only addressing a form of paralysis of development and extricating yourself from that frozen situation, it’s also that societies just don’t change that quickly and if you force them to change quickly, you’re going to run into another set of problems.