THE CENTRE FOR POVERTY & DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (CPDS)

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POVERTY & DEVELOPMENT INDICATORS

In 1991, Malaysia established a national goal of becoming a fully developed nation by 2020 economically, politically, socially, spiritually, psychologically and culturally (6 MP, 1991-1995). The roadmap to achieve this ambition is embodied in different policy instruments, and in the recently launched 11th Malaysian plan (11MP, 2016-2020), with the theme of “growth anchored in people” for a socially inclusive society.

RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

The Centre for Poverty and Development Studies was set up at Faculty of Economics & Administration, University of Malaya as a reference point for academic work, research and consultancy for poverty and rural development serving the academic community, the general public, policy makers and the international community.

CPDS Research Pillars

At the time of its establishment, five (5) initial research pillars were identified namely, Poverty, Development, Income Distribution, Ethnic Relations and Employment. Since then, CPDS has developed new research directions anchored by eight (8) Research Pillars:

POVERTY

To understand the multi-dimensional aspects of poverty eradication in order to expand poverty analysis to include the broader development challenges and to derive appropriate policy measures at different stages of development.

POVERTY & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

To understand and search for compatible frameworks between development targets such as growth, poverty eradication, the provision of basic needs, employment creation, equity and distribution, while sustaining the environment for future generations and to design appropriate policy measures for social transformation and managing sustainability.

INEQUALITY, DISTRIBUTION & SOCIAL MOBILITY

To understand the dynamics of social and economic development with the aim of promoting inclusiveness, equality of access to resources and to reduce vulnerability of citizens, especially those at the lower strata of society at every level of policy making.

LABOUR & HUMAN CAPITAL

To understand and address labour market constraints that creates segmentation by class, income, ethnicity and gender and to understand the dynamics behind the upward social mobility of vulnerable groups by exploring existing tools and framework for the purpose of informing policy making.

GENDER, DEVELOPMENT & GROUP VULNERABILITY

To understand Group Vulnerabilities as defined by gender, ethnicity, children, youth and the aging population for the purpose of mainstreaming vulnerabilities in policy making.

HUMAN SECURITY

To understand human security as a distinct dimension of development that has become a global challenge for policy making and to contribute towards developing appropriate policy instruments for intervention both locally and internationally. This would cover issues such as food security, safety from crime and prosecution, freedom from lack and want, protection from the vagaries of war, failed states and issues relating to internally displaced people and migration.

DEVELOPMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

To understand the vulnerability of citizens in the face of crisis, natural or man- made and their rights to welfare and social protection and contribute towards designing policy instruments.

POLITICAL ECONOMY

To understand the inter-relationships between the political, economic and social dimensions of development by comparing old and new modalities to analyze current realities from an academic and policy perspectives.

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News & Events

Upcoming Event

CPDS National Stakeholder Roundtable 2017 on “Beyond Poverty: Becoming a Developed Nation” (9th March 2017)

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Career Opportunities

Vacancies

1. Senior Research Fellows (2 positions)

2. Junior Research Fellows (2 positions)

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Research Grant

Call for Research Proposals 2017

Useful Links

University of Malaya
Faculty of Economics and Administration
Economic Planning Unit (EPU)
Department of Statistics Malaysia
Asian Development Bank
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The World Bank