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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.

Consultancy

2020

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-depth interviews, this report reveals the…

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Unmet Social Needs

2020

Crisis and Connection

  Tucked away in Singapore’s industrial margins, foreign worker dormitories are home to more than 300,000 low-wage male migrants who work in the construction, marine shipyard, cleaning and manufacturing industries. Up to 20 men live and…

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Unmet Social Needs

2020

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, causes and consequences of food insecurity in the…

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Unmet Social Needs

2019

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 self-determination perspective to understand the…

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Unmet Social Needs

2019

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 that most people see, with its Michelin-starred…

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Consultancy

2018

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 questions such as: What are the factors…

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Consultancy

2016

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 data, the study presented a landscape analysis on…

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Consultancy

2016

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 LVMH Paris to assess the degree of effectiveness in…

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Consultancy

2016

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’s board to determine key pillars of their future…

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Unmet Social Needs

2015

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 Little India riots of December 2013, measures the…

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Unmet Social Needs

2015

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 government programmes? These are some of the…

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Unmet Social Needs

2015

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 how services might be improved for them. From…

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Unmet Social Needs

2015

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. 88 low-income single parents across Singapore…

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Landscape Studies

2015

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 social policy. It reveals that efforts to address…

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Landscape Studies

2014

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 countries, with a view to identifying gaps and…

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Landscape Studies

2014

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 rising faster than living standards for the…

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Landscape Studies

2013

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, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. It presents a…

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Unmet Social Needs

2011

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 vulnerable groups that remain or have become more…

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Landscape Studies

2011

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 of CSR has not kept pace with the expectations and…

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