Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Dubai Strategic Plan 2015

"... We were in a race against time and we won. But, as I have always said, the race has only just begun. With these achievements come new hurdles, responsibilities, and challenges… It is far easier to build financial capital than it is to build intellectual, psychological and moral capital. Building a road or a bridge may take a year or two, but developing people takes a lifetime..."

While I was in Dubai, the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, presented the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015.

I was struck by the boldness of the vision. In particular, I was very glad to know about the priority accorded to social development, public policy and cultural affairs.

Read Sheikh Mohammad's speech here.

As a social development and public policy specialist, I wrote to Sheikh Mohammad, offering my services towards realising the vision of Dubai 2015. God knows that despite my best efforts in the last 22 years, all my attempts in my own country towards making a difference in the lives of the poor and vulnerable have remained fruitless.


Anonymous said...

You may consider your efforts to help the poor fruitless, but Allah does not, dear Brother. And inshallah, you may be able to offer good advice and help in Dubai. Allah will place you where He will.

Ya Haqq!

mfm157 said...

The task seems daunting but chin up :) And keep going. I hope God takes you where you are needed the most, either in your home town or in Dubai :)

20 box said...

india is as it was before 5000 years. why you want to change anything here? we are very happy with our poverty. and most of all no one can change anything here. everything is in allah's hand.

Anonymous said...

Thank you friends for your good wishes. "0 box - ha ha! Yes, everything is in Allah's hands, but we can also be Allah's hands, and I believe Allah would like his hands to mould the betterment of humanity. But for that, like with Masanobu Fukuoka's "do nothing" farming, which involves understanding and following nature's way, we need an active immersion in Allah's way. Obviously that requires discernment and wisdom. But that's what we have been born to realise and been given various faculties for. So, one keep's trying, and as Brother Irving exhorts, the discernment of the purpose and results are in Allah's eyes!



word-viz said...

have you written about your efforts here ? would like to read them. lately, so much has been written about micro-credit and the far reaching effect it has had on poor communities globally. did your efforts include this?

Anonymous said...

Hullo Preeti, thank you for your visit and comment. I have posted several pieces about my work over the years. You could go through the subject index on the left side of my blog page. Yes, our work did also involve microcredit, which we successfully ran for some years. But given the conditions prevailing in slums in metropolitan Calcutta, and the state of (or absence of) public policy, I was unable to make any meaningful impact, on the key things that matter. But the attempt continues. I should say I am not a votary of NGOs' development work; I'm more concerned about social and political change, the rights and dignity of the disenfranchised and marginalised, and people's movements for a better future.



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