Official Site - LEGATUM FOUNDATION is an international private investment organisation that promotes sustainable development throughout the world.

The Legatum Foundation is the development arm of the Legatum Group, allocating capital at the bottom of the Prosperity Ladder to projects, people and ideas that create sustainable prosperity. We are inspired by the belief that every life is of infinite value, and for over a decade have funded thousands of small, community-based organisations across the developing world.

  1. HEALTH
  2. EDUCATION
  3. DISASTER RECOVERY
  4. HUMAN
    LIBERTY
  5. ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
  6. ENVIRONMENT

Our Progress

Since 1999, Legatum has allocated over US$ 110 million to 1,480 life-changing projects, impacting over 270 million lives globally. LEARN MORE

Our Thinking

For the past decade, the Legatum Foundation has sought to understand the impact of its grant programme. Evaluating inputs into a project are easy, measuring outcomes is more challenging. The Foundation therefore employs a bespoke measure - the Social Impact Index - which allows us to measure and identify projects that are under- or over-performing and make grant allocations accordingly.

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Our Impact

Our Impact: Featured Projects

We seek the highest possible returns on investment by allocating capital to the most effective humanitarian projects and programmes, whilst requiring investment-grade levels of transparency and accountability from grantees. LEARN MORE

ECUADOR
PROJECTS FUNDEDLIVES IMPACTED
41,996

With an investment of US$ 820,000, the Initiative focussed on building the institutional capacity of four small savings and credit cooperatives through the provision of technical assistance and lines of credit for loan capital. Learn More

HAITI
PROJECTS FUNDEDLIVES IMPACTED
485,029

At least 230,000 people lost their lives in the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 11, 2010, less than 10 miles from the capital. In response to this disaster,the Legatum Foundation seeded the Haiti Earthquake Recovery Fund with US$ 100,000, aimed to identify practical means of support in areas that other relief agencies were neglecting. Learn More

PERU
PROJECTS FUNDEDLIVES IMPACTED
214,226

Established in partnership with Strømme Foundation, the Peru Education Initiative aimed to provide residents of two of Lima's slums with the tools they need to build a better future for themselves and to begin the process of transforming their communities. Learn More

CÔTE D'IVOIRE
PROJECTS FUNDEDLIVES IMPACTED
15315,029

Established a critical mass of community-based organisations that are better able to reach underserved communities with HIV/AIDS interventions. Learn More

NORTH INDIA
PROJECTS FUNDEDLIVES IMPACTED
12139,221

An initiative established to reduce the risks of trafficking and help those victimised by it. Focussing on some of the highest-risk districts in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the Initiative prioritised the 3Ps of anti-human trafficking work: prevention, protection, and prosecution. Learn More

RWANDA AND BURUNDI
PROJECTS FUNDEDLIVES IMPACTED
189,700,108

This multi-million US$ grant treated over 9 million children for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and demonstrated the effectiveness of a pilot study for nationwide intervention. Learn More

CHINA
PROJECTS FUNDEDLIVES IMPACTED
664,763

A strategic initiative designed to slow the spread of the AIDS epidemic in Yunnan Province by reducing vulnerability to HIV/AIDS among high-risk groups and communities. Learn More

ZAMBIA
PROJECTS FUNDEDLIVES IMPACTED
4471,296

Designed as an integrated programme and executed by four implementing partners, the Initiative aimed to reduce preventable blindness by increasing access to appropriate health services and improving community health through education, access to clean water and the use of pit latrines. Learn More

UKRAINE
PROJECTS FUNDEDLIVES IMPACTED
6118,247

This initiative supported HIV/AIDS interventions that were suffering from a gap in funding: HIV prevention for the general population and the improvement of and increased access to voluntary counseling and testing services. Learn More

UGANDA
PROJECTS FUNDEDLIVES IMPACTED
660,547

Implemented at a pivotal time, just as peace was beginning to emerge in 2007, this strategic initiative aimed to enhance the prospect of long-term development and peace for the Acholi community by addressing the direct needs of those affected by two decades of conflict. Learn More

BURMA
PROJECTS FUNDEDLIVES IMPACTED
15,625

Designed to be participatory, the programme called for open village meetings and allowed villagers to nominate and vote for the neediest community members, and thus determine who would receive cash grants. Learn More

ETHIOPIA
PROJECTS FUNDEDLIVES IMPACTED
31966,208

Addressed the issue of HIV/AIDS by equipping Ethiopian youth, women, families and communities with the skills to prevent HIV, decrease the stigma surrounding it, and increase compassion and support for HIV-infected persons. Learn More

WEST AFRICA CHILDREN'S EDUCATION
PROJECTS FUNDEDLIVES IMPACTED
134,288

Implemented in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, this Initiative aimed to reach 32,000 disadvantaged children through an accelerated learning programme called 'Speed Schools' - a nine-month programme that equips out-of-school children with the basic education to pass public school entrance exams and enter the formal school system. Learn More

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THE SI MODEL

INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO 2007 - 2017

The Legatum Foundation organises and structures its granting according to the Strategic Initiative (SI) model, which enables us to coordinate the efforts of otherwise isolated programmes and increase the size and depth of the impact over a three-year implementation period. Browse the gallery below to learn more about some of our recent SIs:

Our Portfolio

Helping out-of-school children get back to school

The Speed School Fund is based on the success of the Speed School programme funded by the Legatum Foundation which has helped over 110,000 children get back to school in West Africa and Ethiopia.

With the concept now proven, we have scaled the programme into a pooled funding vehicle enabling many more donors to collaborate to help out-of-school children get back to class. The Fund combines the rigour and discipline of the investment world with the purpose and passion of the philanthropic sector in order to optimise impact.

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More than 30 million people are trapped in modern slavery, forced to work in brothels, mines, sweatshops, plantations and fishing fleets around the world. Founded by Legatum Foundation in 2013, in partnership with Humanity United and Walk Free, the Freedom Fund is an active ingredient in a new abolitionist movement in the fight against modern slavery. Building on fifteen years of anti-slavery work funded by Legatum Foundation, the Freedom Fund generates private funding, demonstrates how effective interventions can protect those at risk of being enslaved, invests in countries with the greatest incidence of slavery, brings together a community of activists committed to the cause and, ultimately, aims to bring an end to modern slavery. Legatum hopes through the Freedom Fund to catalyse over $1 billion in new private antislavery investments over the coming decade.

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Launched in 2012, the END Fund is dedicated to controlling and eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). NTDs are diseases of poverty that debilitate, blind, disfigure and cause early death to an estimated 1.4 billion of the world’s poorest people. To date, the END Fund has reached over 85 million people through mass drug administrations, trained over 230,000 health workers, and helped thousands of people with NTD-related surgeries. As an early investor in NTDs and the END Fund, Legatum’s goal is to mobilise $1 billion in private donations and see at least one billion people treated within the next ten years. We want to see the eradication of many of these debilitating diseases within our lifetime.

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