Photo - A Gathering of NGOs in Ipoh, Perak.
The Malaysian state government of Perak has partnered with devices and services provider Microsoft in a capacity-building programme for non-governmental organisation (NGOs) to work more closely with the administration in developing the state.
The partnership, which is called the 'MMSA Capacity Building-Microsoft NGO Connection Day, is intended to reach NGOs in all 15 districts of the state through a programme of skills training workshops to prepare them to support the state's Amanjaya Perak State Development Plan (Pelan Pembangunan Perak Amanjaya), said Perak chief minister Datuk Seri Diraja Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
"Sustainable development of Perak is best achieved through the constructive cooperation between the state administration and civil society, based on the principles of engagement, participation and inclusiveness," said Dr Zambry.
"We recognise the vital role played by civil society in helping the State to realise the Amanjaya Perak State Development Plan," he said. "We are glad to see the participatory spirit shown by the representatives of civil society in many of the government efforts to transform Perak into a progressive and successful state."
"For this reason, we are pleased that industry leaders like Microsoft are helping civil society NGOs to become more effective through technology and innovations," he said, adding that "the Silver State has nearly 6,000 registered civil society organisations, the majority of whom are NGOs consisting of various institutions, foundations and associations."
Includes social media for advocacy
"Whether it is improving education, transforming business, or improving the overall quality of life for citizens, Microsoft Malaysia counts it an honour to be a trusted advisor in helping all stakeholders, such as civil society's NGOs, leverage the power of technology for the ultimate good of all," said Microsoft Malaysia managing director, Carlos Lacerda.
Lacerda said the partnership was under the auspices of the Darul Ridzuan Institute (Institut Darul Ridzuan, or 'IDR'), the state government think-tank, through its Amanjaya Civil Society Secretariat (Majlis Masyarakat Sivil Amanjaya, or 'MMSA') Capacity Building Programme, which includes workshops to help NGOs with technologies such as the Microsoft Office productivity suite, to improve their financial governance and strategic planning capabilities as well as using social media for advocacy purposes.
The IDR wants the state's NGOs to help build blueprints and strategies for the state's development plan to deliver the seven key result areas (KRAs) of the Perak Amanjaya Development Plan.
The seven KRAs of the Perak Amanjaya Development Plan covers, 1) equitable distribution and balanced development; 2) a skilled, knowledgeable and ethical society; 3) the State and government spurring growth; 4) established infrastructure networks and public facilities; 5) participative youth and a harmonious community; 6 ) a sustainable private sector; and 7) eco-friendly practices and sustainability. These seven KRAs ultimately lead to providing what the state government called its '3Q'" for the people of Perak - Quality Living, Quality Opportunity, and Quality Income.
"We have already conducted several of these workshops to overwhelmingly positive response - and we are already receiving interest from others such as the Melaka state government," said Lacerda. "With that, Microsoft Malaysia will be adapting this best practice with other state governments and ultimately empower NGOs with the technology and skills to address important socioeconomic, developmental challenges for the nation's greater good."
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