Pathways to Prosperity

The Legatum Institute is a London-based think-tank with a bold vision to create a global movement of people committed to creating the pathways from poverty to prosperity and the transformation of society.

Our simple big idea

Young boys pose for the camera in Manuka Tola Village, in Bettiah of West Champaran district in Bihar. Photograph: Sanjit Das/Panos for Legatum Foundation

We seek to fulfil our mission by raising up leaders of character, restoring an ethical vitality to all sectors of society, and developing the practical solutions and data tools that will help build inclusive and peaceful societies with open economies and empowered people.

  • Our Centre for Metrics creates indexes and datasets to measure and explain how poverty and prosperity are changing.
  • Our Research Programmes analyse the many complex drivers of poverty and prosperity at the local, national and global level.
  • Our Practical Programmes identify the actions required to enable transformational change.

The Prosperity Engine

The Legatum Institute’s research is framed by its view of how prosperity is created. Informed by the insights generated by our annual Prosperity Index, the “Prosperity Engine” illustrates that prosperity is the result of economic and social wellbeing working together.

True prosperity entails much more than material wealth: it reaches into the political, the judicial, and the wellbeing and character of a nation – enabling every individual to reach their full potential.

This view is also informed by our core beliefs:

  • We believe everyone has potential: People of all nations and walks of life have immense personal worth, dignity, and value. They should all be given the opportunity to realise their potential.
  • We believe transformation is possible: Prosperity is created by transforming lives, not by maintaining the status quo.
  • We believe prevention is better than cure: Avoiding problems is the most effective way to put individuals, communities, and nations on the pathways from poverty to prosperity.
  • We believe in engagement beyond government: All over the world, problems are being solved by individuals, communities, charities, and businesses.