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Foundation and Business Partnerships




LSE’s Foundation and Business Partnerships teams work to develop and steward mutually-beneficial relationships with the global philanthropic and corporate sectors. We connect LSE’s expertise and ambitions in research, student support and public engagement with partners including trusts & foundations, development banks, and SMEs through to multi-national corporates. 

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inequalities logoThe newly-created International Inequalities Institute at LSE has received support from both the Leverhulme Trust and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to develop interdisciplinary research on the causes and consequences of inequalities globally.

With a grant of £1million from the Leverhulme Trust, the Institute is awarding doctoral scholarships for interdisciplinary research on ‘the challenge of escalating inequalities’, while the award of £565,000 from JRF is for a three-year programme to investigate the links between poverty and inequalities. 

DF-WLSE and the Hertie School of Governance, will host the third Dahrendorf Symposium in Berlin on 25-27 May 2016 on Europe and The World. This is part of the third cycle of the Dahrendorf Forum to create a space for debating Europe, through original collaborative research and public engagement. 

The Forum is supported by Stiftung Mercator, which has  granted LSE over £900,000. The Forum honours the intellectual and public legacy of former LSE Director Lord Ralf Dahrendorf. Europe and the World explores European foreign policy, with working groups covering Europe's relationship with its neighbouring regions and the world's two largest economies, the United States and China.

IGCThe Rockefeller Foundation has renewed its longstanding philanthropic support of LSE through a gift of $900,000 towards the International Growth Centre (IGC), supporting the Centre’s collaboration with the government of Sierra Leone in revising their national strategic plan for a community health workforce. This is an integral part of efforts to build resilience within the country’s health system in the wake of the Ebola crisis. 


LSE-UCT July School Public Discussion

In June, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) hosted an LSE-UCT July School Public Discussion between tutors and RMB senior executives at its Cape Town office. The event showcased the valuable knowledge exchange that takes place between universities and businesses, addressing “real world” problems with “real world” solutions. 

The LSE-UCT July School is an innovative and prestigious two-week summer school-style programme. It provides high-calibre students, graduates and professionals from around the world with an exciting opportunity to study important social science issues relevant to Africa today, across subject areas as diverse as international relations, economics, management, government, geography, law, media and social policy.

Pears Foundation

PearsThe Pears Foundation has pledged £30,000 to the LSE Faith Centre. The gift provided funding for an interfaith Holy Land Trip 2016 with Revd Dr James Walters. Revd Walters is the LSE Chaplain, and has been newly appointed as Senior Lecturer in Practice at Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship at LSE.  He commented: “’Challenging’, ‘Transformative’ and ‘Rewarding’ are three words used by students to summarise the interfaith trip to Israel/Palestine in January 2016. Eighteen students travelled together to visit the main religious sites of Islam, Christianity and Judaism and meet local people working for peace across religious divides.”