Members of the Legatum Institute team are leading voices in the fields of international development and poverty alleviation. Our colleagues feature regularly in national and international media, helping to shape the debate on poverty and prosperity and bring these issues to the attention of a global audience.

Our research programmes

Courage in Journalism

The Courage in Journalism Award was created to highlight the dangers faced by journalists around the world. The Award is presented posthumously to a journalist whose death in the past year was a direct result of their work.

United States Prosperity

Our United States Prosperity programme is focused on developing a comprehensive picture of prosperity for all 50 states of the Union as well as Washington D.C., and across 829 counties in eight selected states.

African Prosperity

Our African Prosperity programme aims to shift the debate about the continent’s challenges and opportunities.

Social Metrics Commission

The Commission is dedicated to helping policymakers and the public better understand poverty and tackle it more effectively

Prosperity Index

The Legatum Prosperity Index™ is the only global index that measures national prosperity based on institutional, economic, and social wellbeing

Centre for Metrics

Our Centre for Metrics team creates indexes and datasets purposefully designed to support leaders around the world to develop policy solutions that build greater prosperity for all

Global People Movements

Our Global People Movements programme aims to identify the solutions that would assist necessity-driven migrants, refugees, and victims of trafficking

21st Century International Development

Our 21st Century International Development programme examines how nations succeed by analysing the varied experiences of developing nations over the past 60 years

Practical Programmes

Our Practical Programmes identify the actions required to enable transformational change


Our More Good Homes programme asks what the planning system should look like in 2030 in order to deliver sufficient numbers of affordable homes, creating a new pathway to prosperity, and a new generation of homeowners.

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