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Innovation Crucial for China

Author: Renata Dessallien
Published Date: 11 April 2013

By Renata Dessallien, UNDP Resident Representative in China.

Great emphasis has recently been placed on the need for innovation in China. At the annual session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, President Xi Jinping emphasized the importance of innovation-driven development for accelerating the transformation of China's economic growth pattern and solving deep-rooted problems.

The development of NGOs and volunteer groups in China has started to help empower local communities to find innovative solutions to their problems. For example, in Jiangdong district in Ningbo, neighborhood centers have been established in numerous communities to meet people's social needs. Managed by elected community members, the centers have expanded social services in the communities considerably, which include children's day care, services for senior citizens, aid for poor residents and legal aid.

Innovation from the top down will need to be complemented by social innovation at all levels, as well as through dynamic channels that irrigate the whole system with new and creative ideas. Not only will this keep the character of China's development dynamic and forward looking, it will also help expand China's social capital and lay the ground for the next phase of evolving social contract.

Read the full article on the China Daily website.