The Malaysian CSO-SDG Alliance is a network of CSOs committed to adopting the SDG framework since October 2015. They play a role in creating awareness as well as advocate and monitor policies and programs.
Since 2016 the Alliance has been in good communication with the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) at the Federal government level and has participated at two of the consultative gathering in 2016 as well as accepted the nomination to be member of the National SDG Steering committee, the five cluster groups. The Alliance has been active in the formulation process of the Voluntary National Review (VNR) and the SDG Roadmap. The Alliance was active in the 2017 High Level Political Forum hosting a side event on the Malaysian VNR as well as posing three questions at the session when Malaysia presented the VNR.
Currently there are three umbrella CSOs and 27 single organisations. A total of 30 organisations and a majority of them are based in the Klang valley. While there are overlapping concerns they can be broadly categorised into three areas.
- Development CSOs – addressing poverty, community development and social service concerns
- Environmental CSOs – addressing environmental and sustainability concerns
- Human Rights CSOs – addressing human rights concerns & violations
An additional category of think tank groups like ASLI-CPPs, Perak Institute, KITA-UKM and IKMAS-UKM via academics and policy makers working within CSOs.
CSO Role In SDGs
CSOs play a very effective role at the grassroots. They have strengthens and also they face challenges. CSOs could be undertaking more than one of these identified roles. Ten major roles have been identified in the CSO mapping exercise.
Business development & income generation
Capability building & training
Coordination & Networking
Community development & sustainable projects
Social welfare Service
Social enterprise /entrepreneurship initiatives
Research & monitoring including data collection & impact assessment
|Malaysian Youth Council (MBM)|
|Malaysian Environmental NGOs (MENGO)|
|National Council of Women Organisations (NCWO)|
|ASLI-CPPS Centre for Public Policy Studies|
|Association of Women with Disabilities Malaysia|
|Bar Council Human Rights Committee|
|Centre for Research, Advisory & Technology (CREATE)|
|CPDE Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness|
|Friends of Kota Damansara|
|Global Compact Malaysia|
|Institute Darul Ridzuan Perak (IDR)|
|Islamic Renaissance Front|
|JCIM Junior Chamber International Malaysia|
|Malaysian Association of Social Workers (MASW)|
|NCSM National Cancer Society, Malaysia|
|PROHAM- Society for the Promotion of Human Rights|
|Impact Hub KL|
|SCRIS – Society for the rights of Indigenous People, Sarawak|
|WAO- Women Aid Organisation|
|Yayasan Kajian & Pembangunan Masyarakat (YKPM)|
|Youth Society Hunger Hunter|