Applications open for social enterprise capacity building programme in Southeast Asia


British Council, AVPN and the Social Enterprise Academy have launched a new capacity building programme to support social enterprises navigating Covid-19 in Southeast Asia.

37 social enterprises will be selected to attend a series of interactive learning sessions and capacity-building webinars between January 2021 and March 2021.

As part of the programme, AVPN will facilitate webinars in: Business Resilience, Digital Transformation, Corporate Governance and Gender. Each session will invite unique perspectives from AVPN’s diverse member community including intergovernmental organisations, corporates and private funders.

The Social Enterprise Academy will complement these webinars with its Covid-19 response series: Managing Change, Leading Remotely and Rebuilding Income Streams, plus support learners to develop together as a peer support group through ‘Peer Connect’ sessions.

Learners will be invited to take part in up to 3 blended learning programmes, designed to support them respond to COVID-19 challenges, and weekly peer support sessions facilitated by a diverse group of Social Enterprise Academy practitioner facilitators from across the globe.

Programme participants will also have the opportunity to network and connect with AVPN’s vast membership of social investors, including the chance to be listed on the Deal Share Platform if they meet the criteria.

Applications are open from now until 28 December 2020 for social enterprises in Southeast Asia that:

  • Provide products or services, or employ marginalised / vulnerable or remote communities, including women, young people or people with disabilities
  • Operate in the sectors of education, livelihoods, health and nutrition, or gender
  • Have adapted or pivoted their business model in light of COVID-19
  • Are women-led

Jess Kemp, International Projects Manager at the Social Enterprise Academy said:

“We are delighted to be collaborating with the British Council and AVPN on supporting social enterprises across South East Asia who are navigating Covid-19. It is now more crucial than ever to ensure social enterprises are able to access learning, as well as building a strong support network in their peers locally, who are going through similar challenges.”

Are you a social entrepreneur in Southeast Asia looking to strengthen your business model and learn from peers? Find out more about the programme and how to apply below: