1Sahil B = ""As we look to the future, I
am increasingly impressed by one overriding insight. It reflects the vast flow
of information that has come my way as I have watched the ups and downs of the
developing world. More and more, I am convinced that the key to improving the
quality of human life, both in places that are gifted with good governments and
in places that are not so fortunate, is the quality of what I describe as Civil
Society. By Civil Society I mean that array of institutions which are neither
public, nor profit driven, but which are motivated by voluntary commitments and
dedicated to the public good. They include, for example, institutions dedicated
to culture, to public information, to the environment and to religious faith.
And they include, very importantly, the fields of health and education in which
you are so centrally involved. A healthy Civil Society is a meritocratic one,
where ethics are honoured, and excellence is valued."-Aga Khan IV"