Social Policy 2020-07-23T16:06:29+00:00
Social Policy

Social policy plays an important role in reducing inequality and ensuring our society is fair and equitable. It analytically examines how the wellbeing of individuals is evolving through the lens of various disciplines to; achieve a deep understanding that is needed, to propose innovative solutions to policy problems that fail to promote human wellbeing.

At IDEAS, we share the same belief that growth should be inclusive and that no one should be left behind. In promoting an inclusive Malaysia, our ongoing projects advocate for Malaysia’s development to benefit everyone by; assessing barriers to education for Orang Asli, highlighting the unmet needs of refugees, supporting the development of a national framework for rare diseases, evaluating the effectiveness of agricultural subsidies and state trading enterprises in ensuring food security.

The Social Policy Unit at the Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs currently focuses on three areas:


  • Healthcare
  • Inclusive Growth
  • Education


Professor Fatimah Kari

Professor Dr. Fatimah Kari

Senior Fellow

Professor Dr. Fatimah Kari is a Senior Fellow under the Social Policy Unit in IDEAS. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from National University of Malaysia (UKM), a Master of Economics from the University of Leicester, UK and a PhD (Economics) from Mississippi State University, United States.

Philip Stevens

Philip Stevens

Senior Fellow

Philip Stevens is a Senior Fellow at IDEAS Social Policy Unit. A specialist in intellectual property and healthcare policies, he founded Geneva Network in 2015.