The South Asian region is the most populated region in the world and is the home of over 1.7 billion people. According to the World Bank, 309 million of them are ‘extremely poor’! The South Asian region houses over 34% of ‘extremely poor’ people in the entire world and is marginally doing better than the Sub-Saharan Africa. While there is a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), effective cooperation between its constituents remains a distant dream. In fact, the region threatens to push the world into a nuclear war every now and then, thanks to a long history of conflict between two of its largest nations, India and Pakistan.Considering this, the leadership provided by Shoaib Sultan Khan in bringing the solution to rural poverty from Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) to Pakistan, perfecting it in Pakistan, and later helping India scale it to up to great heights, is nothing short of extraordinary. He took me through his journey, and while he constantly credited other individuals and co-incidences for his achievements, I could see a pattern of him building institutions and creating leaders.
Read this extensive interview with the history and impact of AKRSP at the source: The Leadership Review / Sharad Mathur / (dated: May 2016)