Launching of the Project “Promoting Social Inclusion through Public Policies”
UNESCO and the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS) will launch the project “Promoting Social Inclusion through Public Policy in Malaysia” during a Policy Initiation Workshop, planned in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 8 and 10 June 2015. This event will bring together eminent international experts in this area and Malaysian national stakeholders. The project is open to policy makers from all countries in Asia and the Pacific who wish to participate in, and benefit from this capacity-building initiative.
The project aims to help the government ensure that public policies benefit everyone, are inclusive of the disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in the country, and contribute to equitable and sustainable development. It was designed by the international partnership of UNESCO, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and Trinity College Dublin, in close collaboration with national stakeholders, especially the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), with funding from the Malaysian Funds in Trust for UNESCO.
The project represents a targeted, purpose-driven and results-oriented capacity-building intervention, bringing a consortium of international policy experts into a close hands-on engagement with national policy stakeholders. The project will last for six months and will be implemented in three stages:
(1) Policy Initiation Workshop to build policy assessment capacities by using innovative tools and methodologies.
(2) Policy assessment and revision facilitation – to apply the policy assessment tools and to revise the target policy for greater inclusiveness; and
(3) Conclusion workshop/national policy dialogue to present the major outputs and results of the policy revision process to a broad audience of national stakeholders, policymakers, the academic establishment and the media.