Our story

To advance the thinking and capability of the social sector

Our mission is to catalyse innovative responses to social needs through applied research and capacity building in collaboration with the public, private and social sectors.

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Our Research

At LCSI, we undertake three types of research: Applied Research, Landscape Studies, and Consultancy.

Research is at the heart of our work as we seek to provide insights that catalyse positive social change. From exploring unmet social needs of vulnerable groups in Singapore, to documenting the landscapes of social finance and corporate philantropy in Southeast Asia, our research is detailed and diverse.

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Research | Publications
Vital Yet Vulnerable: Mental and emotional health of South Asian migrant workers in Singapore

Our Programmes

Our practice-based programmes build and support networks between the public, private and social sectors.

We conduct custom short courses, organise forums, engage with thought leaders, facilitate a social enterprise incubator/accelerator, and provide internships. Through these, we hope to build capacity in and around mitigating social issues.

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SMU-TCTF Summer Attachment & Industry Learning Programme at Social Service Organisations
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DBS Business For Good Internship

Complex problems require collaborative and multidisciplinary solutions. That’s why partnerships are the lifeblood of what we do. At the Lien Centre, each external relationship is given our deepest consideration; we believe that working together on a shared vision allows us to draw on each other’s strengths for mutual success, which accelerates the changemaking process.

We are open and ready to work with you to create positive social impact. So let’s start talking: contact us at liencentre@smu.edu.sg to set up a time to chat!