Legatum Institute


The word 'legatum' means 'legacy'. At the Legatum Institute, we are focused on tackling the major challenges of our generation—and seizing the major opportunities—to ensure the legacy we pass on to the next generation is one of increasing prosperity and human flourishing.

We are an international think tank based in London and a registered UK charity. Our work focuses on understanding, measuring, and explaining the journey from poverty to prosperity for individuals, communities, and nations.

In an ideal world the journey from poverty to prosperity for anybody would be one way: away from poverty and towards prosperity. In reality it is not. While poverty is not an inescapable trap, neither is prosperity an inevitable destination.

Our pursuit of prosperity goes beyond the material. We believe that true prosperity is a combination of economic and social wellbeing. Our annual Legatum Prosperity Index™  uses this broad definition of prosperity to measure and track the performance of 149 countries of the world across multiple categories including health, education, the economy, social capital, and more.

The Prosperity Index is a powerful tool that shows us how prosperity is forming and changing around the world. This provides a greater understanding of those nations that are becoming more prosperous as well as those that are becoming less prosperous and, crucially, what lessons we can draw from them.

Our research work, born out of our metrics, identifies and advocates for policies and practices that move individuals, communities, and nations from poverty to prosperity. Our analysis and our policy solutions are founded on robust evidence.

Policy solutions have to match the scale of the problem identified. We believe that truly transformational policy-making comes from a solid foundation of measurable data covering both the social and economic policy research areas in order to tackle the major challenges, and harness the major opportunities of our generation.

Find out more about our programmes here.