Who We Are

We are an organization from and for the people of ASEAN. We exist because of one vision: to build a cohesive and prosperous ASEAN community. Its mission is to commit to promoting ASEAN awareness through people-to-people interaction and collaboration with ASEAN stakeholders to help ASEAN build a caring, cohesive, equitable and peaceful ASEAN Community.

Since 1967 ASEAN has gone on a long journey to accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region. And, we have been an integral part of this mission for the last two decades.

As one of ASEAN’s body, we are tasked to support ASEAN mainly in promoting awareness, identity, interaction and development of the people of ASEAN.

We unite people. And, we help to develop them.

We are a strategic instrument to achieve the ASEAN’s goal.

We noted that the ASEAN Foundation in 2015 worked with strategic partners to develop programmes that build the sense of an ASEAN identity. The programmes help ASEAN people recognise and understand ASEAN through its cultures, stories, languages with the intention of encouraging collaboration and sharing. (Chairman's Statement of the 27th ASEAN Summit, November 201)


Decades after ASEAN established, ASEAN leaders recognised that: there remained inadequate shared prosperity, ASEAN awareness and contact among people of ASEAN.

It was of this concern that ASEAN leaders established ASEAN Foundation during ASEAN’s 30th Anniversary Commemorative Summit in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on 15 December 1997.

The foundation takes pivotal role to fulfil these gaps.