UNDP and MACA to Strengthen Institutional Capacity of OIC Anti-Corruption Officers

Sep 23, 2010

Kuala Lumpur, 23 September 2010 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Malaysian Anti Corruption Academy (MACA) are collaborating on a joint initiative to strengthen the understanding of relevant international anti-corruption instruments and conventions among selected Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACAs) in the 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic States (OIC). 

Through programmes developed by UNDP and MACA, the project aims to strengthen the technical know-how and skills in corruption prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution in these countries. Emphasis will also be placed on deepening and broadening the understanding of the participating ACAs on the causes and effects of corruption and the negative consequences of corruption on national human development prospects. “Corruption is an impediment to development, in all countries. It is well recognised now that governance is a global public good that requires collective action. Building on MACA’s role, this initiative will bring together ACAs in Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) member states with the objective of strengthening their institutional capacities to combat corruption”, said Kamal Malhotra, Resident Representative for UNDP and Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Malaysia. Corruption takes a disproportionate toll on the poor, by undermining the delivery of public services, such as health, education, and infrastructure; and it also creates macroeconomic uncertainty and worsens the investment climate. Studies show that moving up from the lowest end of the corruption perception distribution to the middle may result in an average increase in investment by as much as 8% of GDP. Similarly, per capita income growth may rise by over 1 per cent.  

 “MACA’s willingness to provide capacity building training to OIC anti-corruption officers indicates the Government of Malaysia’s commitment to anti-corruption initiatives. While Malaysia’s national level commitment is demonstrated through the second thrust of its National Key Results Area (NKRA’s) its international commitment is demonstrated through this initiative.  Furthermore, this initiative is evidence of Malaysia’s strong support for South-South cooperation. Malaysia has historically been a strong proponent of South-South cooperation. Since the 1980s, Malaysia’s technical cooperation programmes have contributed extensively to the capacity development of countries in Africa and Asia in different areas, including public administration, finance, development planning and humanitarian disaster response and recovery.  

Given this record, its emphasis on anti-corruption training for OIC member states further solidifies Malaysia’s prominent role in assisting other developing countries through greater South-South cooperation.” Mr Malhotra added. MACA sees this initiative as expanding its role as a regional hub for anti-corruption training. Set up as the first establishment of its kind in the Asia Pacific region in 2005, the decision by MACA to assist OIC member states in their fight against corruption by way of equipping the trainers of ACAs with comprehensive knowledge and expertise is proof of the increasingly important role played by MACA not only in Malaysia, but also internationally.  

Dato’ Samarajoo Manikam, Director, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy said, “In its endeavour to be a regional hub in anti-corruption training, MACA continuously looks for more meaningful and multilaterally beneficial collaboration and cooperation with like minded organizations in designing and conducting effective anti-corruption training.  On this score, MACA appreciates UNDP’s collaboration in undertaking this project and I believe MACA is well positioned to be an effective resource centre for the enhancement of the capacity and capability of the ACAs of selected OIC member states.”  Through the programmes jointly developed by UNDP and MACA, it is hoped that strengthened institutional capacity will result in a number of multiplier effects for national development. It is also hoped that this training will contribute towards the building of a credible and more effective pool of ACA officials in OIC member states, which will ultimately lead to the strengthening of these institutions’ capacities and capabilities in combating corruption.

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