- 26 April 2011
- Sources: Primary
- Categories: Aga Khan IV ·· AKDN & its Forerunners ·· Civil Society & Non-commercial ·· Governance (National) ·· Poverty, Access, Opportunity & Equity ·· Published ·· Remarks ·· Standards & Metrics ·· United States
[I]n much of the world where we work, our problem is volatility — volatility in economics, in governments and so on and so forth. I think what we’ve learned is that the best answer to this volatility, in the countries where we are, is civil society and very often civil society is not an expression everyone is comfortable with. But I’ll try synthesise it by saying it is really the sum of human endeavour in structured, non-governmental organisations, that aim to impact positively all the key forces which condition people’s quality of life…. Now in developing civil society we are not trying to bring mediocrity to the Developing World. We’re trying to do exactly what UCSF is doing, which is to bring quality and excellence.