“MMSA Capacity Building-Microsoft NGO Connection Day” to help Perak NGOs become better partners with the State Government for the Amanjaya Perak State Development Plan
IPOH, 23 August 2013 – Microsoft Malaysia (“Microsoft”) has recently announced a capacity-building partnership with the Perak state government for non-governmental organizations (“NGOs”) in all its 15 districts. The partnership, called the “MMSA Capacity Building-Microsoft NGO Connection Day”, seeks to empower NGOs through skills training workshops covering a variety of topics and areas relevant to their current needs, to become more effective partners with the state government for its Amanjaya Perak State Development Plan (Pelan Pembangunan Perak Amanjaya).
“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. We recognize the vital role played by civil society in helping the State to realize the Amanjaya Perak State Development Plan. 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,” said Datuk Seri Diraja Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir, Chief Minister of Perak. The Silver State has nearly 6,000 registered civil society organizations, the majority of whom are NGOs consisting of various institutions, foundations and associations.
The partnership falls 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 Program. It is designed as a series of training workshops to help NGOs become adept at technologies such as the Microsoft Office productivity suite, to improve their financial governance and strategic planning capabilities. The workshops will also train NGOs in leveraging social media for their advocacy causes.
The 7 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 7 KRAs ultimately lead to providing what the state government called its “3Qs” for the people of Perak – Quality Living, Quality Opportunity, and Quality Income.
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