On the 7th of January 2022, SDSN Malaysia Secretariat, the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development, Sunway University, put out a call for proposals for local solutions to address sustainable development challenges in Malaysia.
A wide network of sustainable development practitioners helped to disseminate the call to relevant networks. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) informed their solutions-providers on-the-ground while SDSN Malaysia Members identified home grown social impact candidates.
Organising the event with the SDSN Malaysia Secretariat was Sunway Group, a Malaysian conglomerate with a mission to become Asia’s model corporation in sustainable development.
In just over a month’s time, a total of 39 submissions were received from all regions of the country. Prior to shortlisting, a redaction exercise was carried out to take out submitters’ names and affiliation.
“It wasn’t easy as there were 39 submissions to begin with. Our criteria included impact, scalability, innovativeness and financial sustainability of the solution,” Professor Woo Wing Thye, VP for Asia, SDSN
Based on these criteria the panel of four judges proceeded to score each solution. The best had clarity of thought, clear identification and explanation of solution and had already carried out a proof of concept. All scores were tabulated and a rank of 1 – 39 was produced.
The top nine receive RM10,000 and will convene on the 28th April 2022 to present in front of a live judging panel.
The forum will be broadcast live to the public in order to spur solutions-making for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).