The Speed School Fund is based on the success of the Speed School programme funded by the Legatum Foundation which has helped over 100,000 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.
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.
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 75 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.