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ASEAN Academy

Learn how to design, guide and execute investments that generate social, environmental and financial returns. 

Learn. Connect. Grow

The ASEAN Academy on Responsible Investing is an accredited training program for professionals in the food, agriculture and forestry sectors looking to gain the practical skills needed to drive responsible investments. 


If you work in an MNC, domestic company, SME, startup, financial institution, government body, non-profit, civil society organization, or farmer organization in the region, we want you!

Open application period has closed.  Pilot program launches 1 February 2023.

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Access 15 hours of e-learning modules designed for ASEAN


Join in-person workshops featuring case examples, serious games and role play


Share ideas and best practices with peers in your cohort during our online and in-person workshops


Apply your learning by designing a field-level project, directly relevant to your work, with support from expert coaches

 Learn to Solve Urgent Challenges


Nearly one in three people in the world (2.37 billion) did not have access to adequate food in 2020 – that's an increase of almost 320 million people in just one year after the COVID-19 pandemic began. The need of meeting world’s demand of food become more challenging. Agriculture production faces challenges from the off and on farm. From the off farms, climate change impacts such as raising temperature, floods, unpredictable weather patterns, and on farms such as decreasing crop yields, the quality of produce, migration labours from rural to urban areas.

Food Security

1/3 of the global population did not have access to adequate food in 2020 – that's an increase of almost 320 million people since the pandemic began.


Over 70% of the world’s poor people live in rural areas and most of them- both women and men – rely on agriculture. However, when in comes to access to land ownerships, farming related trainings, fair wage, joining workforce, and finance, women likely stand in the opposite side of men.


It requires right approach with more attention to reducing gender inequality to resources and opportunities. McKinsey’s article also mentioned about coordinated actions from key stakeholders – governments, companies, NGOs. 

Gender Equality

Women farmers have less access to inputs, finance and training than men. By giving women equal access to resources, production could increase by 2.5 - 4% in developing countries.


Climate change can be happened naturally or as a result of human activities that release greenhouse gas emissions from manufactures, transportation, waste, including land use and agriculture.


Agriculture expansion contributes to 90 percent of deforestation globally. In Africa and Asia only, forest to cropland conversion reach 75 percent. This disruption include removing certain areas of forest canopy that leads to carbon released, and weaken forest function in water cycle. Key findings from IPCC underlines the urgency for climate action, adequate funding, technology, political commitment and partnerships.

Climate Change

Agriculture expansion contributes to 90% of deforestation globally, but if slowed, could help countries and organizations meet their climate change mitigation commitments.

Why Participate?


In-depth knowledge of responsible practices in the food, agriculture and forestry sectors – built upon the 10 ASEAN Guidelines on Promoting Responsible Investment in Food, Agriculture and Forestry. Learn more here


Practical skills in designing and implementing sustainable investments that generate financial and ESG returns.


Access to expert coaches and trainers to help you along

the way.


Connections with 50+ like-minded professionals facing similar challenges at work.


Accreditation from a reputable host institution, upon successful completion of the program.

Learn to Solve Urgent Challenges
What you will gain

You should meet the following requirements to be accepted into the ASEAN Academy pilot program:

  • Currently live in: Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia or Brunei

  • More than four (4) years of work experience in the food, agriculture and forestry sectors

  • Be in a position of leadership or influence where you work, meaning you have the capacity to influence change

  • Live in a place with good telephone and internet coverage for online learning

  • Have the ability to read and write in intermediate-level English, and basic handling of social platforms such as Whatsapp

  • Note: There are no specific academic requirements, nor any minimum or maximum age requirements

Why Participate

What to Expect


Community and Leadership

The program will begin with a strong opening to build your awareness, engagement and commitment to the objectives and cohort.

What to expect

Schedule for the Pilot

Two in-person workshops + Online group sessions + eLearning modules

1 hour elearning


1 Feb 2023

Continuous Assessment: Knowledge checks & reflection

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Schedule and Costs

What are the program dates?

  • 1 February 2023 - 2 hr on-boarding virtual session

  • 15 - 17 February 2023  - in person workshop (location TBC)

  • 20 Feb - 24 April 2023  - e-learning modules with weekly group coaching sessions 

  • 2 - 15 May 2023 - designing change project

  • 26 May 2023 - in-person workshop (location TBC)

Where are the in-person trainings located?

The in-person training will be held in an ASEAN country, the location is tbc. Travel and accommodation costs are included for all participants during the pilot training.



Additional Information

How much will the program cost?

The pilot program is offered free of charge to NGO, CSO, government and farmer organisations. Private sector will be charged a small fee, payable to the host institution. Travel and accommodation for in-person workshops are included for all participants. Contact us for details.

Schedule and Costs

Other questions? Email Chrissa Marey Borja, Regional Manager, Sustainable Investment, at 

This project on Creation and Testing of Learning and Accreditation Programme to Implement the ASEAN-RAI Guidelines is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). It is also supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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