“To be sure, each of these three sectors – government, civil society, and the business sector – can accomplish important things on its own. But it is my conviction – that one of the chief obstacles to development in our time is that the energies of all three sectors are too often scattered and fragmented. Too often, the various actors go about their business without enough reference to one another. The result often reminds me of an orchestra made up of talented and dedicated artists – but playing from different scores. The result is not harmony but cacophony – and an unevenness of public impact which is inherently unfair.
Let me be clear: I am not denying the importance of decentralized, pluralistic approaches to development. But I also believe that the positive impact of all the participants could be compounded if they understood one another even better, talked to one another even more often, and partnered together even more effectively.”
Address by His Highness The Aga Khan At The Enabling Environment Conference Kabul, Afghanistan
June 4, 2007