Centre for Poverty And Development Studies


The University Of Malaya is pleased to announce the establishment of the Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Chair and The Centre for Poverty and Development Studies at the Faculty of Economics and Administration.

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs (Director of the Earth Institute, University of Columbia) has been appointed as the First Holder of the Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Chair for a period of two years (2007-2009).

The establishment of the Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Chair honours the contributions of Professor Ungku Aziz in the field of education and economic development especially rural development and poverty. Professor Ungku Asia's seminal contributions to the field of poverty ranges from his theory of the Monopoly-Monopsony (M-M) system which was identified as a root cause of rural poverty to his computation of the "Sarong" Index to measure the extent of poverty in Malay villages. Ungku Aziz's study of the sub division of rubber estates in the Post Independence period in Malaysia provides a valuable contribution to the understanding of the breakdown of the plantation system and the emergence of rubber smallholdings in Malaysia both of which have significant ramifications for poverty.

The Centre for Poverty and Development Studies which was set up in conjunction with the establishment of the Chair reflects Malaysia's unwavering commitment to the eradication of poverty and an improved standard of living for all Malaysians. Malaysia has been very successful in eradicating poverty and this is exemplified by the decline in absolute poverty levels from 49.3 percent in 1970 to 5.7 percent in 2004.Malaysia has been able to attain the majority of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) including the first MDG of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. Malaysia has also performed favorably in terms of development indicators including the Human Development Index (HDI) where it is currently ranked as 61 out of 177 countries.

Despite these achievements, Malaysia is not content to rest on its laurels and wants to improve further. It is felt that much more needs to be done towards poverty reduction and this includes ensuring that pockets of poverty are eradicated, issues pertaining to income distribution are addressed and the extreme poor and other marginalized groups are not excluded from the development process. Malaysia also feels that with its experience in understanding and addressing poverty it can provide useful lessons for other developing countries. Malaysia's intrinsic strength lies in its ability to manage development in a multi ethnic, multi religious society. With National Unity as its overriding objective, the Malaysian government has been able to bring about development within the context of political stability and peaceful coexistence.


10.10.2013 - Thursday
CPDS Lecture Series "Finding the Poor Through an Evidence Based Policy Making"

17.9.2013 - Monday
Seminar on "Growing Together Sustainably a Zero-Poverty Post-2015 Development Framework"

10.6.2013 - 12.6.2013- Monday - Wednesday
World Bank Visit

13.5.2013 - Monday
Youth Social Entrepreneurs : The Next Generation of Change Agents Workshop

27.4.2013 & 17.5.2013 - Saturday & Friday
The Fundamental of Green Growth Polices Workshop

11.03.2013 - Wednesday
Seminar "Natural Products"

07.02.2013 - Thursday
Roundtable Sharing & Networking Session on Local Community Empowerment for Sustainability and the Innovation for inclusive Development (IID) Framework


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Forany enquiries , please contact :

The Centre for Poverty and Development Studies (CPDS)
Faculty Of Economics & Administration
University Of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur,MALAYSIA

Tel: 03 79673766 / 3714 / 3735 / 3767 / 3695
Fax : 03 79673662
Email :t_cpds@um.edu.my
Website :cpds.um.edu.my