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From exploring unmet social needs in Singapore, to documenting the landscapes of social finance and corporate philanthropy in Southeast Asia, our researchers translate discovery into meaningful, measurable impact that is changing the world for the better.

Giving and Receiving: A Study of Barriers and…

  Giving and Receiving is the first analysis of its kind focusing on whether an Asian/regional perspective to philanthropy is emerging, and to what extent this is so. Through surveys and in-…

Crisis and Connection: Unpacking Singapore's…

  COVID-19 has bridged a longstanding disconnect between Singapore’s resident and migrant populations, showing that the health and well-being of everyone are linked in a pandemic. This paper…

The Hunger Report: An In-Depth Look at Food…

  The Hunger Report: An In-Depth Look at Food Insecurity in Singapore is the first nationally representative study on food insecurity in Singapore that aims to document the extent, severity,…

Understanding Needs of Youth At-Risk in Singapore

  Commissioned by Caritas Singapore, this research project investigates the needs of youth at-risk from the perspectives of social service providers and the youths themselves. It uses the…

Hunger In A Food Lover's Paradise:…

    The mention of Singapore often conjures up images of a food lover’s nation with easy access to abundant and delicious food of all types. However, the underbelly of the Singapore…

Understanding Talent Retention In The Social…

In a qualitative study commissioned by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), LCSI aims to generate findings and recommendations to be communicated to social service leaders, to answer key…

Regional Landscape Analysis on Vulnerable…

The Lien Centre for Social Innovation was commissioned by the UBS Optimus Foundation to inform the Foundation’s regional strategy ahead of its Singapore office opening. Using primary and secondary…

Environmental Performance Assessment Of LIFE (…

LCSI carried out an assessment of the environmental performance of the LIFE (LVMH Initiatives for Environment) programme in selected businesses under the LVMH group in Singapore. This work enabled…

Philanthropic Strategy Review Of APB Foundation

APB Foundation engaged LCSI and Ernst and Young to review its philanthropic strategy. The project provided recommendations on future strategic thrusts. It culminated in a workshop with the foundation…

Vital Yet Vulnerable: Mental And Emotional Health…

Numbering nearly one million persons, low-waged, low-skilled migrant workers are a vital yet vulnerable part of Singapore's economy and society. This study, undertaken several months before the…

Elderly Population in Singapore: Understanding…

Who are Singapore's low-income elderly? What makes some resilient in the face of multiple challenges? What are their social needs that might be filled by additional interventions via civil society or…

People with Physical Disabilities in Singapore:…

This publication explores the challenges faced by people with disabilities in various stages and spheres of life. It draws on in-depth interviews with 100 people with disabilities on their needs and…

Single-Parent Families in Singapore:…

This publication documents the unmet social needs of single-parent families in Singapore. It specifically focuses on four key areas; employment and finance, housing, social networks and time poverty…

A Handbook On Inequality, Poverty And Unmet…

This handbook reviews and compiles the existing research and knowledge on poverty and socio-economic inequality in Singapore, with a particular focus on long-term trends and recent debates about…

From Charity To Change: Social Investment In…

From Charity to Change looks at how social investing is evolving in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. It examines the emerging ecosystem for social investment in each of these…

Levers For Change: Philanthropy In Select…

Explosive economic growth in Southeast Asia has resulted in unparalleled wealth creation. While the region’s emerging economies report hopeful signs of a broadening middle class, income inequality is…

Contextualising CSR In Asia: Corporate Social…

This publication seeks to present a narrative about the practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in ten Asian economies – China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore,…

Unmet Social Needs In Singapore: Singapore’s…

Despite basic social needs in Singapore being essentially met through direct government interventions and the contributions of non-governmental social service activities, there are today some…

The State Of Play Of CSR In Singapore

Despite Singapore’s status as an economic powerhouse in the Asian region, it seems to fall short in frequent comparisons of corporate social responsibility (CSR) across countries. The understanding…