Say­ing no to aid!

Enterprise - - Editor’s desk - Umera Hamid Lahore

It was both in­ter­est­ing and a source of re­lief for me to know about the ef­forts of the Acu­men Fund in em­pow­er­ing the poor of our so­ci­ety. Be­fore read­ing the story in En­ter­prise (July 2011 is­sue), I did not know that the suc­cess model of Kashf Foun­da­tion is the Acu­men Fund. All suc­cess sto­ries of Kashf ben­e­fi­cia­ries are mo­ti­vat­ing and re­flect the pro­gres­sive bent of our so­ci­ety. The crux of the story in re­ject­ing aid and pro­mot­ing debt and eq­uity in­cen­tives is worth hold­ing on to. The des­ti­tute of our so­ci­ety need to be em­pow­ered to be­come in­de­pen­dent and self­suf­fi­cient. If the needy are led to de­pend on fi­nan­cial aid, they will never learn to come out of their prob­lems. A grad­ual re­cov­ery of our lower eco­nomic strata can cer­tainly con­trib­ute to re­duc­ing the macroe­co­nomic bur­dens of Pak­istan

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