Development Of Local Communities Provide The Impetus For Peace Through Innovation
Our world in this 21st century is more complex than most of us had imagined, with an interdependence of people everywhere more profound than we had realized and with challenges, risks and reverberations that most of us cannot claim to be able either accurately to predict or adequately to understand. More than ever, rigid doctrines and dogmas are inadequate and counterproductive. Accurate observation, careful analysis and a basic, common commitment to good governance, at all levels, in all spheres, are required if we are to avoid upheavals, political, social and economic. Social, cultural and economic, rule of law and governance factors are so intertwined in what we call “development” or stabilization that it is at our own peril that we will emphasize one at the expense of the others. Indeed, globalization itself now makes it mandatory, more than ever, for us to seek innovative approaches and solutions that are holistic to the challenges and the opportunities of development. It is crucial that these innovative and sometimes simple solutions are developed in partnership with the local indigenous population, who in the end must live with the results.
If there is faulty infrastructure and inadequate public systems, weak markets and limited opportunity, it becomes exceedingly difficult to build healthy cities and villages where people can have a realistic chance to move out of poverty - specifically when there is war raging in the streets. Sustainability is central to stability whether it be in microfinance institutions or in medical and educational institutions or in restored historical sites, monuments and urban parks. The ability to develop and manage both financial and operational efforts with cost-effective budget and the necessary control systems, appropriate planning and strategic positioning, transparency and good governance are all essential.
Experience shows that the development of an active, organized and effective civil society is the strongest assurance not only of continued economic development at the grass roots level, but also of social stability. Civil society can advance the public good through the creation of private institutions, including not-for-profit but self-sustaining institutions, which counter-balance the habit of looking primarily to government to address the full range of local social needs and therefore undermining the very goals which we seek.
Examples of innovative and creative solutions to alleviate poverty and to improve the quality of life of the local population abound. Innovative solutions need not be complicated and the efforts to collaborate with the local indigenous population must seek to leave behind institutions and civil societies that are, or have become stable, competent and self-reliant. Only then will peace endure.