About UNDP Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Darussalam
UNDP’s technical assistance programmes date from the country’s independence in 1957. In the early years, assistance focused largely on capacity building in technical education and training, as well as health and nutrition. Consistent with this, UNDP supported projects that expanded the physical and social infrastructure, modernised and diversified the agricultural sector, increased manufacturing activities and promoted foreign investments. Up until 1972, UNDP’s involvement was on a project-to-project basis, responsive to sectors and areas of priority as determined by the Government.
Since then, UNDP’s matching development assistance has been in stride with Malaysia’s own five-year national development plans. Over the next three decades, assistance was aimed at expanding and deepening the industrial base and promoting industrial dispersal to less developed states. Apart from helping to formulate the Industrial Master Plan, UNDP assisted in establishing the first technology park in the country. This was to develop vocational education to support growing industry needs.
As manufacturing activities expanded, UNDP assisted in programmes to develop new technologies and the commercialisation of Research and Development (R&D). In other areas, access to clean water supply and health services in rural areas improved significantly. Improvements in the educational system and greater access to education saw advances in educational and literacy levels with more students schooled in the Sciences. New training and vocational institutes also increased the country’s skilled manpower resources to support the continued growth of the economy. As the economy developed and pressures on the environment became evident, UNDP cooperated with the public and private sectors to develop a comprehensive and holistic approach to environmental management and the development of environmentally sound technologies to support the economy.
Through this partnership and the successful implementation of hundreds of projects, UNDP has helped to strengthen the technical capacity of key national institutions, provided critical policy inputs, piloted innovative development projects, and contributed to significant progress in promoting human development in Malaysia. In 2006, Malaysia joined the ranks of countries in the high human development category, according to UNDP’s Human Development Report.
What do we want to accomplish?
UNDP Malaysia is committed to assist Malaysia and its people in establishing sustainable pathways to development and achieving it's ambition of becoming a developed nation by 2020. Over the years, Malaysia's progress has been impressive: the country has achieved or is on track to attaining the MDGs at aggregate level by 2015. Staying on course with these results, UNDP Malaysia is working towards realising and exceeding the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. We combine global networks and best practices to indigenous knowledge and experiences to overcome challenges in the areas of:
- Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Growth
- Democratic Governance
- Crisis Prevention and Recovery
- Environment and Energy for Sustainable Development
- Women's Empowerment
UNDP Malaysia brings together government agencies and development partners to use aid effectively. In all our work, we have strong focus on capacity building, human rights and women’s empowerment.
What are our results?
UNDP’s technical assistance programmes began in the late 1950s, earlier than the 1961 establishment of its physical office in Kuala Lumpur. For the last 5 decades UNDP’s assistance has been in stride with Malaysia’s own five-year national development plans, strategic agendas and policy priorities encompassing inclusive growth and economic development, poverty eradication, gender empowerment, promoting good governance and anti-corruption, empowering persons with disabilities, strengthening renewable energy approaches, mainstreaming environmental management and protection, science and technology for development, rationalising public sector reform, strengthening the national response to HIV/AIDS as well as promotion of South-South Cooperation for global development. UNDP specifically aims to assist in the strengthening of the technical and policy capacities of national institutions, providing critical medium and long term policy inputs, piloting innovative development projects, and contributing to significant progress in promoting human development in Malaysia.
In line with its position as an upper middle income country, the country office is fully focused on upstream policies in supporting the design of Malaysia’s national development priorities and the implementation of national medium and long-term development plans (10th Malaysia Plan: 2013-2015 and 11th Malaysia Plan: 2016-2020) and sectoral development policies and strategies. In addition, UNDP also strengthens the development of strategic upstream policy initiatives through downstream pilot projects and enabling on the ground realities to inform national policy development with credible and quantifiable evidence base data, analysis, stakeholder feedback and policy options.
Policy and programmatic strategies are identified jointly with the Economic Planning Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department and implemented by over 10 ministries and agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions, think-tanks and the private sector. The office also serves as a liaison for UNDP offices worldwide in their engagements with the Government of Singapore and Brunei Darussalam.