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Now in its eighth year, the Legatum Prosperity Index™  is a unique and robust assessment of global wealth and wellbeing, which benchmarks 142 countries around the world in eight distinct sub-indices: Economy; Education; Entrepreneurship & Opportunity; Governance; Health; Personal Freedom; Safety & Security; and Social Capital.

Recent Publications

Let There Be Speech: Reforming the Media in Rwanda

Monday, 17 November 2014

The Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum is pleased to publish 'Let There Be Speech: Reforming the Media in Rwanda', a case study that explores some of the media reforms made by Rwanda’s leaders from 2010 onwards. Can a regime with an authoritarian reputation and instincts learn to accept media freedom, both within the public and the state administration? Can outside assistance help the Rwandans think through this transition?

Myanmar’s Transition: Economics or Politics? Which Came First and Why it Matters

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

What led to Myanmar’s remarkable transition? In this latest Transitions Forum paper, Gwen Robinson, former Financial Times Asia correspondent, looks at the economic and political circumstances surrounding Myanmar's transition, and what impact they have—or could have—for the country’s long-term future.

The Future of the Union

Monday, 10 November 2014

In the wake of the Scottish referendum on 18 September 2014, which saw a small but decisive majority vote to stay in the Union, the Prime Minister asked Lord Smith of Kelvin to chair a commission on the future government of Scotland. This pamphlet, published by the Legatum Institute, offers a selection of short essays examining the passage of future legislation in the Westminster Parliament.

Lab Report: Brazil

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

‘Lab Reports’ are designed to offer in-depth looks at specific aspects of transitions in selected countries. The reports are produced by 'Democracy Lab', a journalistic joint-venture between the Legatum Institute and 'Foreign Policy' magazine, dedicated to covering political and economic transitions around the world.

Mount Pleasant Circus and Fleet Valley Gardens

Friday, 26 September 2014

What should a city look like? The Legatum Institute and Create Streets have published a research paper in response to the planned redevelopment of the Mount Pleasant site in Clerkenwell, one of the very few large open spaces left in central London.

Moldova: The Failing Champion of European Integration

Friday, 25 July 2014

In a paper written for the Legatum Institute's 'Transitions Forum', in partnership with the Institute of Modern Russia, author Vladimir Soloviev sets out the contrast between the Moldovan government’s ostensible commitment to EU-integration and the country’s modest progress towards transparency, tolerance, cohesion, judicial independence, and freedom of speech.

Looting Ukraine: How East and West Teamed up to Steal a Country

Thursday, 17 July 2014

In a paper for the Legatum Institute's 'Transitions Forum', author Oliver Bullough, tells the story behind the establishment, under former President Viktor Yanukovich, of a system of state-sponsored corruption in Ukraine, and how the West can best support much needed reforms.

Revolutionary Tactics: Insights from Police and Justice Reform in Georgia

Monday, 23 June 2014

Authored by Peter Pomerantsev, journalist and documentary producer, the Legatum Institute's latest 'Transitions Forum' paper is a case study on the reform of Georgia’s police and judiciary. It also seeks to understand the political tactics of the reformers.

Economic Development and the Role of the Private Sector - A Case Study of Kenya

Friday, 30 May 2014

In 'Economic Development and the Role of the Private Sector - A Case Study of Kenya', a new 'Transitions Forum' paper, author Caroline Kariuki explains why a vibrant private sector is essential for Kenya’s economic and political development.

The Democratic Alternative From the South: India, Brazil, South Africa

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

'The Democratic Alternative From the South: India, Brazil, South Africa' is the final report of 'Democracy Works', a project between the Legatum Institute and the Centre for Development and Enterprise. The project aims to refresh the development debate and inject the voice of democratic countries from the South.

Escaping the Crisis Trap: New Options for Haiti

Friday, 4 April 2014

Produced in collaboration with the Institute for State Effectiveness, Escaping the Crisis Trap: New Options for Haiti reflects on the use—and misuse—of aid in Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010. The paper also offers recommendations for how to transition the country towards a secure and stable future.

Wellbeing and Policy

Thursday, 20 March 2014

As part of a year-long commission, the 'Wellbeing and Policy' report seeks to illustrate the strengths and limitations of wellbeing analysis and provides original and authoritative guidance on the implications for public policy.

Crisis in Mali: Lessons from an Ongoing Democratic Transition

Monday, 3 February 2014

In a paper for the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum, Dr Soumana Sako, former Finance Minister and Prime Minister of Mali, looks at the lessons learned from Mali’s ongoing transition towards democracy.

Lab Report: Libya

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

‘Lab Reports’ are designed to offer in-depth looks at specific aspects of transitions in selected countries. The reports are produced by 'Democracy Lab', a journalistic joint-venture between the Legatum Institute and 'Foreign Policy' magazine, dedicated to covering political and economic transitions around the world.

Lab Report: Ukraine

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

‘Lab Reports’ are designed to offer in-depth looks at specific aspects of transitions in selected countries. The reports are produced by 'Democracy Lab', a journalistic joint-venture between the Legatum Institute and 'Foreign Policy' magazine, dedicated to covering political and economic transitions around the world.

Lab Report: Kenya

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

‘Lab Reports’ are designed to offer in-depth looks at specific aspects of transitions in selected countries. The reports are produced by 'Democracy Lab', a journalistic joint-venture between the Legatum Institute and 'Foreign Policy' magazine, dedicated to covering political and economic transitions around the world.

Lab Report: Venezuela

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

‘Lab Reports’ are designed to offer in-depth looks at specific aspects of transitions in selected countries. The reports are produced by 'Democracy Lab', a journalistic joint-venture between the Legatum Institute and 'Foreign Policy' magazine, dedicated to covering political and economic transitions around the world.

Lab Report: Burma

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

‘Lab Reports’ are designed to offer in-depth looks at specific aspects of transitions in selected countries. The reports are produced by 'Democracy Lab', a journalistic joint-venture between the Legatum Institute and 'Foreign Policy' magazine, dedicated to covering political and economic transitions around the world.

A Case for the Importance of Culture in a Prosperous Society

Monday, 27 January 2014

In a new paper for the Legatum Institute, Dorothy Kosinski, Director of The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and Legatum Institute Global Fellow, explores why the humanities are an important contributor to prosperous societies.

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