As an advanced, upper middle-income country, Malaysia is poised to achieve developed-nation status as early as 2020. We work closely with our partners on the ground to strengthen the business environment, provide opportunities for women and girls, improve security in vulnerable regions, bolster Malaysia’s international development cooperation, enhance the country’s electoral integrity and public accountability, and engage young Malaysians on current issues.
Books for Malaysia
Focusing on underserved and rural communities in Peninsular and East Malaysia, our Books for Asia program continued to partner with the International Institute of Public Policy and Management at the University of Malaysia, the Sarawak Foundation, and the PACOS Trust, providing a total of 59,897 books in Malaysia. In 2017, the Foundation also launched a high-level working relationship with the Sarawak State government for the first time.
NEWS FROM MALAYSIA
Building resilience among youth leaders to counter violent extremism
The state of Sabah has seen a rise in domestic and transnational crime in recent years, including an increase in violence and extremism. With funding from the U.S. Department of State and the Australian Government, the Foundation launched a project to build resilience among youth leaders to counter violent extremism. We’ve engaged 400 potentially vulnerable youth through cultural and football camps, and trained 125 community paralegals and 47 community police. We’ve built community partnerships with local law enforcement agencies in Sabah, greatly improving knowledge among border communities on basic human rights and understanding the workings of extremists.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
Afghanistan in 2018: A Survey of the Afghan People
The longest-running and broadest nationwide survey of Afghan attitudes and opinions.