ProtoPolicyAsia and the SDGs

ProtoPolicyAsia is expected to support UNESCO Sustainable Development Goal 16Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”. The outcome of this collaborative effort will help us to support the 11th Malaysian Plan, which emphasises on building an inclusive societyincluding ensuring the health and well-being of older persons and Persons with Disability (PWDs).

This proposed work aims to empower the local communities to participate in the policy-making process of the nation. This work will focus on the addressing issues on older persons and persons with disabilities before expanding it to other social issues. Most importantly this work will support the initiative of the Malaysian government to promote community-based care. This is an unanticipated challenge that emerged from introducing the methods developed in the ProtoPolicy project in Malaysia.

The proposed activities are aimed at enhancing the impact and engagements with Malaysian communities and Government, developed during the ProtoPolicy project, in order to contribute to SDG 16 and more precisely Target 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.

ProtoPolicyAsia: empowering local communities and Government in Malaysia in addressing social issues in ageing and disabilities

The 12-month project, ProtoPolicyAsia, aim is to increase local community participation in the Malaysian national policy-making process to work together with relevant government agencies on social issues that relate to older persons and persons with disabilities.

It involves the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development Malaysia, Petrosains – The Science Discovery Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Lancaster University, Sunway University in Malaysia and United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health in Malaysia.

The project has been funded by the AHRC as part of the GCRF Highlight Notice for International Development:  Follow on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme.