Governance Designing Institutes for Good Governance

Improving governance and fostering strong institutional design is not only critical for achieving SDG 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions), but also for governments worldwide to build an equitable, resilient, and sustainable future for all. In the Malaysian context, improving institutional design and enhancing access to information is particularly relevant, as the 2018 elections led to significant polarization and political instability, threatening Malaysia’s progress towards sustainable development.

The SDSN’s research and policy work on governance, lead by the Kuala Lumpur Office team, focuses on Malaysia's electoral, party, and parliamentary politics. It does so by producing research and advocating for reforms on key governance topics, including access to information, constituency delimitation, the electoral system, parliamentary committees, shadow cabinets, political parties, political finance, the constituency development fund (CDF), and the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC).

Malaysia Elections & Political Stability

This program includes advocacy efforts and research to restore political stability in Malaysia and advance key institutional reforms for Malaysian politics.

Access to Information (ATI)

The Access to Information program includes research, stakeholder engagement, and advocacy around the freedom of information enactment across Asian countries and the Right to Information Bill in Malaysia.

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