Solar power panels are handled by a group of people

What is SCIF?

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s Sustainable Climate Impact Fund (SCIF) is a unique and progressive social enterprise that places transparency at the heart of its service. It is focused on improving the health and socio-economic wellbeing of communities and their local environment in low- and middle-income countries.
View our projects
A woman and two children stand in front of a tree

What do we aim to do?

1. To develop and facilitate community-based initiatives which reduce, ameliorate and avoid the environmental, social and economic effects of climate change on rural communities in low- & middle-income countries (LMICs) through targeted projects and interventions​.

2. To foster improvements to the health and wellbeing of communities in LMICs, especially women and girls, by improving access to basic amenities and fostering economic empowerment for sustainable subsistence living​.
Partner with us
Our ambition for LSHTM is to not only achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 but become an exemplar to other organisations; not just in the countries in which we work, but around the world. The SCIF is an exciting and empowering solution to build on our sustainability work in a positive and ethical way – and provides other organisations with an opportunity to work with us in improving the wellbeing of people and planet.
Professor Liam Smeeth, Director of LSHTM
The LSHTM logo

The story of the SCIF at LSHTM.

Pioneering an ethical approach to climate change solutions

The SCIF is a not-for-profit subsidiary of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). While an independent entity with a separate governance and management structure, the parent and subsidiary organisations complement each another. The ethos of the SCIF aligns with LSHTM’s mission of improving health worldwide. And working in partnership is a key driver to bringing about positive and sustainable change for people and communities globally.

Working in partnership to create solutions

We work hand in hand on the ground with communities in Uganda and The Gambia where LSHTM already has a presence. Through partnership working, we will use carbon offsetting as a means to deliver sustainable solutions for people and planet. SCIF projects will provide independently-verified carbon credits. These will be reinvested into more community projects, and contributing organisations can also use them to offset their residual carbon footprint.

Drawing on LSHTM’s knowledge and experience in global health

LSHTM has many years of experience working with partners in Africa and LMIC countries, on research and education in public health, healthcare and community wellbeing. This includes via the Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit The Gambia at LSHTM and The Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit.

Unlike other offsetting schemes, the SCIF draws on LSHTM’s expertise in global health to put health and wellbeing at the heart of everything. Project development is further underpinned by local knowledge and research on health and wellbeing in Uganda and The Gambia.

How to offset responsibly

LSHTM set up the SCIF as part of its carbon management plan which includes reducing emissions through improvements to infrastructure and operational changes. It will offset unavoidable residual emissions, for example overseas travel. As part of its sustainability drive, LSHTM saw potential benefits that local projects could provide in terms of both community health and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

Creating the SCIF as a social enterprise focused on improving health, wellbeing and the environment enables LSHTM to drive forward its carbon reduction plans in a sustainable and responsible way – with the added bonus of offering a solution for other organisations wanting to do the same. By developing projects that are informed by research and insights from teams across LSHTM, we can better target and magnify project impacts in order to provide more holistic community-based solutions. These community-based solutions will also generate carbon credits to offset LSHTM’s emissions as well as partners who join the SCIF.

Through the SCIF, LSHTM is committing to offsetting responsibly and with care to make sure projects are independently verified and have a positive, sustainable impact on communities and the environment.