The Social Enterprise Development Centre (SEDC), at the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), promotes genuine research, praxis and public policy dialogue to promote gender equality. It was founded in July 2001, in collaboration with McGill University, Canada, with financial support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
SEDC’s vision is to be an important stakeholder in Pakistan’s economic and social development. Its focus is on action and policy research, capacity building through direct training and monitoring and evaluation in key areas of the country's economic and social development. The Centre has led initiatives in maternal health, education, microfinance and women’s entrepreneurship to name a few. As a research centre over the years SEDC has published over 170 case studies and technical notes, several casebooks, policy briefs and other publications. Having successfully developed a network of more than 500 social sector organisations across the country, the Centre also assists development partners to form linkages, collaborate and work on policy initiatives.
SEDC has partnered with numerous international donor organizations including the Canadian Development Authority (CIDA), the Packard Foundation, Citi Foundation, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Department of State.
Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB)
The Suleman Dawood School of Business, established in 1986, was the first school instituted at LUMS. SDSB was founded with the vision of becoming a leading management school in the region, with a truly global perspective, recognized for research and teaching excellence. Accordingly, SDSB is ranked as the best business school in Pakistan, as per the rankings issued in 2013 by the Higher Education Commission, and is the only management school from Pakistan to hold accreditation from the South Asian Quality Assurance System (SAQS) of the Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA). The school has also been awarded full-member status of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools, and is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development as well.