Percentage of Population Age 65 and Over
Ecosystem for Policy and Social Innovation
Constrained by scarce natural resources, high population density, and small landmass, Singapore is seeking innovative solutions to adapt to a rapidly aging population. Key enablers include effective governance combining leadership from state agencies with a robust consultative mechanism and a culture fostered by the government to value self-reliance and collective responsibility. Built on this enabling ecosystem, policy and social innovation in Singapore is heavily driven by the government and notable for its proactive action and holistic solutions, with a growing push to promote Cross-Sector Collaboration.
“Aging issues have long been under the radar of the Singaporean government, who has been constantly introducing pre-empting programs.”
– Tan Ern Ser, Associate Professor of Sociology at National University of Singapore
Driving Forces of Innovation and Cross-Sector Collaboration
(As a city-state, Singapore has only one level of government, so "Central Government" and "Local Government" are considered together to represent the government's overall performance.)