Asia Policy Forum

What is Asia Policy Forum
The Asia Policy Forum (APF) is a collaborative effort between influential policy makers, venture philanthropists, impact investors, social entrepreneurs and other key players in the social enterprise sector in Asia. It offers a convening platform, a community of like-minded advocates and practical learning opportunities to support governments to build an enabling environment for the social economy to flourish.

The APF builds on AVPN’s on-going work in convening Asian government officials to explore best practices in cross-sector collaboration for social impact. Other critical partners form the pillars of this work, including the British Council’s work across East and South Asia in supporting governments to develop policy to enhance the impact of social enterprises and to increase the flow of social investment to grow and scale impact. BMW Foundation also supports the programme to further develop the close work with policymakers across Asia. Representing the collaborative nature of APF, our newest partner is Credit Suisse, who aims to bring about social impact through systemic change.

Past partners to the APF include the Global Social Economy Forum and the European Venture Philanthropy Association.



Annual Summit
Building on the success of the 2016 inaugural event, which attracted more than 80 delegates from over 15 countries, the Asia Policy Forum will continue this convening, enabling the government representatives to learn and share with each other. For photos of the event, click here. For videos and the 2016 Asia Policy Forum Report, click here.
One Voice
APF will work on further partnerships with organisations that are pan-regional like ASEAN Foundation, ADB, World Bank to form a cohesive, recognised voice for Asian governments on social investing
Asian Social Impact Investment Policy Toolkit
Commissioned research on the impact of each government’s policies, regulations; and in-depth case studies on successful multi-sector collaboration
APF Online Platform
A digital library will be created for APF that will host the research, reports, database, showcase our events etc, with special password-protected areas for APF members for exclusive resources
High-level Roundtables
Hosted in-country events involving senior government officials on multisector collaboration – Malaysia & Myanmar
Study Tour
Curated tours to Europe and key Asian countries for learning with other sector experts and site visits
Working Groups
Explore the definitions of social enterprise, effective legal frameworks, impact assessment and pay for performance models


Leading Partners
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In-Kind Partners

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