The LUMS Social Enterprise Development Centre (SEDC) is working towards capacity building of social enterprises since 2001. Its priority areas include governance, education, health, gender, and micro-finance/poverty reduction.

SEDC harnesses LUMS resources and acts as a facilitator, by providing knowledge based learning to social sector organisations, based on its RTCD strategy i.e.

  1. Research
  2. Training
  3. Consultancy
  4. Dialogue

Currently SEDC is working on two Projects:

National Leadership for Reproductive Health and Development Project (NLRHD)

SEDC-LUMS in collaboration with The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has undertaken a National Leadership for Reproductive Health and Development Project (NLRHD). The project aims to establish and foster authentic, inclusive cross-sectoral linkages among women leaders to advocate and mobilize sector specific policy change for family planning and reproductive health initiatives.  Identified sectors include; livestock, football and textile industries.

The network activities are being supported by the sector specific strategy papers proposing approaches to incorporate FPRH in their CSR agendas for the betterment of their workers’ health.

Furthermore, Health/RH sector specific training programmes are being launched titled as, Health Enterprise Leadership Trainings to enhance leadership and managerial potential of Reproductive Health Sector Organizations and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their work.


Project Change: Role of Universities in socioeconomic development through enhancing employability of their graduates

Citi and the Citi Foundation Launch Phase II of “Project Change” with LUMS. Citi Pakistan and the Social Enterprise Development Centre at LUMS are collaborating on a capacity building project, which aims to create stronger linkages between higher education institutions and the industry.

The project seeks to achieve this objective by analyzing current approaches of Pakistani universities towards facilitating industry collaboration with their institutions. Data on key strategic areas such as curriculum development, teaching, laboratory work, career guidance, mentorship, and student placements has been collected from a diverse set of universities in Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad. Recently, the project expanded its outreach to Rawalpindi, Islamabad and beyond, gathering necessary data from universities such as Fatima Jinnah Women University, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and UET Taxila. Data from a wider range of leading universities will facilitate a greater pool of ideas and experiences and will help intuitions formulate better solutions to their individual problems.