2019•01•15 Kuala Lumpur
Elderly man resting. UN Photo by John Isaac. Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0
ProtoPolicyAsia is a twelve-month project beginning in February 2019 that involves the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development Malaysia, Lancaster University, Sunway University, and United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health, and Petrosains – The Science Discovery Centre. The project is funded under the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Global Challenges Research Fund Highlight Notice for International Development: Follow on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme.
ProtoPolicyAsia’s main 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, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Health & Well-being) and 16 (Inclusive Societies). This also supports the Malaysian government’s goal of promoting community-based care and addressing the gap between policy and practice for these vulnerable groups, and generate lessons for translating participatory engagement methodologies across country contexts .
The project will accomplish this by (1) supporting Malaysian government agencies to develop community-based engagement methods, using speculative design as a way to dealing with problems and creating solutions; (2) empowering local communities by developing skills and knowledge for them to come together to support community-based care and ageing- in-place; (3) assessing the impact of the change to ensure that the plans and programmes meet people’s needs and are long- lasting in to the future, and (4) developing sustainable partnerships between key groups (government agencies, Non- Government Organisations, community-based groups) to carry on tackling the social issues faced by older persons and persons with disabilities.