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M’sia advocates social innovation

Posted on December 9, 2012, Sunday

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has introduced the concept of social innovation to promote families in balance towards sustainable development during the opening ceremony of the World Family Summit+8 (WFO+8).

The four-day WFO+8, held in Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil ends today.

Women, Family and Community Development Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur said Malaysia advocated that social innovation could be adopted, adapted and contextualised in each country’s environment.

“Social innovation approach is the development and implementation of new ideas that work, such as products, services and models to meet social needs of all kinds, from working conditions and education to community and family development.

“It also refers to innovations which have a social purpose like economic empowerment of marginalised groups, micro credit or distance learning, innovation in public policy and governance,” she said in a statement yesterday. — Bernama

Among key social innovation initiatives implemented by Malaysia are the formulation of the National Family Policy, 1Azam Programme, Sharing of Information to Enhance Family Networking, 1Malaysia Family First Programme under the National Blue Ocean Strategy and Malaysia’s growth model which incorporates both the Economic and Happiness Indexes.

The WFO+8 was attended by more than 50 countries and represented by 200 delegates, including ministers, government officials, and members of non-governmental organisations, private sector and civil society.

The summit is organised by the World Family Organisation, with collaboration from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. — Bernama

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