May 21, 1990


Mowlana Hazar Imam hosted the Rt.Hon.Lynda Chalker, Britain's Minister for Overseas Development, at the Ismaili Centre's Zamana Gallery in London on May 21, 1990.

Mowlana Hazar Imam and the minister toured an exhibition at the gallery entitle "Hands Across the World" which illustrates the work of the Aga Khan Foundation and its partners in Asia and Africa.

Mawlana Hazar Imam praised donor agencies for the support they gave to non-governmental organizations and called on third world governments to enable people to take charge of their own destinies and to make significant and sustainable improvements in their lives.

The minister said that it development was to have a long-term impact, it must also be in harmony with the environment. She acknowledged the contribution made by the Aga Khan Foundation as well as other non-governmental and governmental agencies who are increasingly focusing on environmental concerns and using sustainable methods of cultivation in their agricultural programmes. "For development to have a long term impact it must be sustainable, economically, socially, and environmentally," she said.

Source: Canadian Ismaili (July 1990)

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