The Legatum Foundation's mission is to liberate the human potential of those suffering abject poverty. Guided by our investment principles, we seek to influence and redefine conventional approaches to social development by promoting initiatives that enhance the optimal allocation of human, intellectual and financial capital.

The Legatum Foundation's mission is to liberate the human potential of those suffering abject poverty. Guided by our investment principles, we seek to influence and redefine conventional approaches to social development by promoting initiatives that enhance the optimal allocation of human, intellectual and financial capital.

Our grant investments are targeted at the bottom of the Prosperity Ladder, towards communities that, for one reason or another, are trapped by poverty and its consequences. This may result from a debilitating illness, a natural disaster, a loss of liberty, limited access to education or credit, or something as basic as a lack of clean water. We try to help individuals get a leg up on to the first rung of the ladder so that they can have the opportunity and dignity of helping themselves.

Legatum is advised by Geneva Global, a professional philanthropic service that provides origination, evaluation and reporting as well as active portfolio management. Geneva Global has codified what we believe to be good practice in the realm of international development. These standards, principles and beliefs focus on effective development practices at the community level, but are broadly applicable to the field. For more information on Geneva Global, please refer to www.genevaglobal.com.

James Drinkwater

Saving Lives

After returning from a Legatum Foundation visit to the Save Lives project in Ethiopia, one of the members of our travelling party was so affected by his experience that he decided to apply his skills and time towards helping this small NGO get its voice heard across the world. He quickly got in touch with Frehiwot Alebachew, the Project Director. "I work in branding and communications and it was clear that this is an area where I could put some of my skills to immediate use," he explains. One of the first things he did was to raise awareness about Save Lives. "They had no communication collaterals, so we began with a new logo and a few flyers to help get the word out". He then continued with brochures, which he distributed to corporates in Dubai as well as friends and family. He also built a website, which he currently manages, as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts.

For further information on Save Lives, please click here.

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