Social Enterprise Development Centre
The Social Enterprise Management Programme (SEMP) was launched in July 2001 by LUMS and McGill University, Canada with financial support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In 2007, SEMP was converted into the Social Enterprise Development Centre (SEDC). SEDC serves as a scholarship-based research centre working towards the capacity building of social enterprises in Pakistan.
The centre has successfully developed linkages with more than 500 social sector organisations of Pakistan, which is a unique achievement for any academic institute. SEDC has formed geographic chapters in Lahore, Karachi, Multan, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Quetta. This national outreach gives it the credibility to undertake operations nationwide.
To date, SEDC has published more than 170 case studies and notes written by the LUMS faculty for the social sector. It has also published 6 casebooks on the social sector with several more in process. The centre also assists development professionals to network, collaborate and take on policy initiatives jointly. It offers customised and open-enrollment training programmes for NGOs in various aspects of capacity building.