Round Table on Inclusive Policy Approaches and Data Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities
The UNESCO Office in Jakarta and the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), University Kebangsaan Malaysia, will organize a round table discussion on “Inclusive Policy Approaches and Data Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities” in Bangi, Malaysia, on 12 and 13 August 2014.
The round table is designed to take stock of policy and research goals in relation to social inclusion in selected countries from the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN); identify data gaps, challenges and opportunities in relation to evidenced policy making; identify and discuss linkages between research, policy and practices related to social inclusion; and provide recommendations to address policy processes and outcomes.
It will focus on the following three topics:
1) Policies and research fostering social inclusion;
2) Data gaps, challenges and opportunities; and
3) The research-policy nexus.
The meeting will be opened by Dato’ Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd. Nur, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) of Malaysia and Vice-President for the Asia-Pacific Region of the Intergovernmental Council (IGC) of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme.
Participants will include government representatives, researchers, development agencies and UN agencies from South-East Asia. A selection of ASEAN case studies will be presented. The round table also seeks to facilitate the creation of a community of practice around policy approaches and challenges.
The round table builds on UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sector’s work on public policies promoting social inclusion and specifically the recommendations of the UNESCO workshop on “Support to policy making and planning for social inclusion of disadvantaged groups and communities in South-East Asia” held in Bali, Indonesia, on 7-9 April 2014 which was attended by high-level government officials from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste with the objective to discuss ways to improve social inclusion policies.