“If the United Nations was fully funded why would we need the Arc or social enterprise?”





“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” this famous quote is a perfect illustration as to why even if the United Nations was fully funded why there would still be a need for the Arc Initiative and other Social enterprises. Funding is but one piece of the puzzle to make a positive and lasting change in third world countries. While the United Nations is a one of the most influential unions of countries that delegates and help solve problems that involve peace, security, development of third world countries, human rights, humanitarian affairs and international law, it is more successful solving large conflicts like that of the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956, and United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone which put an end to the Sierra Leonean civil war. However for smaller issues which are more widespread like those which the ARC Initiative deals with, I think the United Nations would not be successful.

The Arc Initiative, takes a different approach to solving problems, they work jointly with community organizations to collaboratively build programming such as internships, workshops and mentoring activities for young entrepreneurs fostering an environment of shared ideas and knowledge. I think this is a great way to tackle the problems facing the communities within which the Arc works in, as it is sustainable and nurturing.

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