Policy Brief

Social Innovation for Public Service Excellence


This discussion paper provides an introduction to the philosophical underpinnings of social innovation, and an overview of some of the more important methods, approaches and trends being employed around the world to contribute to the development of public policies and the delivery of public services. It includes initiatives emanating from within and outside government, and provides nearly 100 examples of social innovation methods and references to key research papers. Though inevitably partial given the global scope and emergent nature of the field of social innovation, this paper does discuss in detail the routes as well as the concerns in order to achieve social innovation. The primary audience for this paper are reflective practitioners and policymakers in low- to middle-income countries, especially in South-East Asia. Many examples in this paper were drawn from such countries and are therefore directly relevant to the target audience. Also included are examples from high-income countries, where current ‘state-of-the-art’ and more mature social innovation systems are most found.


A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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