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Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam

Our focus

Malaysia and UNDP in action

Integrated development solutions driven by country priorities and UNDP’s new Strategic Plan.

Our Strategic Plan 2022-2025 introduces the evolution of #NextGenUNDP into #FutureSmartUNDP. More than a mantra, it is our new benchmark for success in the future of development. Building on UNDP’s 50 years of expertise across 170 countries, this new approach allows us to focus and prioritize where country demands are greatest. By working together in this way, we aim to expand people’s choices for a fairer, sustainable future, with people and planet in balance.


Our work

See how our integrated signature solutions – powered by digitalization, innovation and development financing – are accelerating impact and scale in Malaysia.


In Malaysia, UNDP has been working as a key development partner of choice since 1961, to achieve sustainable human development in economic, social and environmental fronts. Working closely with the Government, civil society, the private sector and communities, UNDP aims to eradicate extreme poverty, and reduce inequalities and exclusion to protect both people and the planet.

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 (12th Malaysia Plan 2021-2025) 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, innovative approaches, digitalization, 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 15 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.

UNDP Malaysia is currently preparing its next CPAP 2022-2025 which is in inline with the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) to support the Government of Malaysia. UNDP’s priority areas will be also inline with the UNDP Strategic Priorities 2022-2025 and with the country’s medium and long-term national development framework, including the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (SPV 2030) and the Twelfth Malaysia Plan (12MP).  

UNDP’s focus in the next CPAP will be on the following pillars:  


People: Vulnerable and at-risk populations living in Malaysia benefit from more equity-focused and high-quality social services as well as a social protection system that ensures all have an adequate standard of living.
Planet: Environmental sustainability and resilience are mainstreamed as priorities within the national development agenda, across all sectors and levels of society.
Prosperity: Malaysia is making meaningful progress towards an economy that is inclusive, innovative and sustainable across all income groups and productive sectors; and
Peace: Malaysia has strengthened democratic governance and all people living in Malaysia benefit from more cohesive society, strengthened governance and participation.