Malaysian CSO-SDG Alliance

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.



Major Categories

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.

Awareness raising
Business development & income generation
Capability building & training
Coordination & Networking
Community development & sustainable projects
Financial literacy
Social welfare Service
Social enterprise /entrepreneurship initiatives
Research & monitoring including data collection & impact assessment



CSO Alliance:

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
C4 Centre
Centre for Research, Advisory & Technology (CREATE)
COMMACT Malaysia
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 CARE
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