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Legatum Institute Foundation response to The Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday articles on December 3rd, 2017

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Legatum Institute Foundation response to The Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday articles on December 3rd, 2017

The Mail on Sunday has published a misleading piece entitled “Secretive institute behind Boris and Gove's Brexit letter to 'hijack' Number 10 faces probe by charity watchdog”. The story uses covert telephoto lens photography, unproven hearsay, false associations, anonymous sources and make-believe to create a damaging impression of our work.

The Legatum Institute Foundation flatly denies the insinuations of this confection of distortions, innuendo, mistaken identity and hearsay.

We regard this story, and previous coverage by the Mail on Sunday, as a deliberate attempt to undermine the integrity of the Legatum Institute Foundation.

Read the Legatum Institute foundation response here.

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Legatum Institute Foundation’s Charitable Status

Friday, 1 December 2017

As a charity, LIF exists to advance education for the benefit of all by identifying and assessing policies which contribute to the pathways from poverty to prosperity – this is the central theme in all of our work.

We actively share our expertise and insights, which flow from our research and the evidence, on important questions of policy. We share this research with the public and disseminate our work widely.

Read the Legatum Institute's full response here

Norway tops leading index that shows the world is becoming more prosperous

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The 2017 Legatum Prosperity Index™ shows that global prosperity now sits at its highest level since 2007, in spite of significant international turbulence.

The 11th edition of the Index reveals a number of surprising global, regional and national trends in economic and social wellbeing, including an alarming deterioration in global security and a widening gap between the most and least prosperous nations.

Read the report here.

Legatum Institute Foundation’s response to the Mail on Sunday article, 26 November 2017

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Today the Mail on Sunday published an attack on The Legatum Institute Foundation, under the headline ‘Putin’s Link to Boris and Gove’s Brexit Coup’. The misleading and inaccurate nature of this article has left us with no option but to issue a response and a correction. It is with sadness that we respond to one of our great journalistic institutions as it attacks an Institute that is dedicated to the public service of this nation at a time when we are seeking to contribute constructively to what is, without doubt, one of the most complex peacetime negotiations in living memory, and as such well within the educational remit of The Legatum Institute Foundation. 

Download the Legatum Institute Foundation response here.

The Legatum Group has also responded to these spurious allegations. You can read its response here.

The UK Government needs to act now if we are to make 'Global Britain' a reality

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Ahead of the proposed start of trade talks with the EU in December, the UK needs to adopt the right approach now if it is to remain an attractive trading partner after Brexit, according to a new report from the Legatum Institute’s Special Trade Commission.

The report, entitled The Brexit Inflection Point: The Pathway to Prosperityargues that the window of opportunity is closing for Britain to establish itself as a truly independent trading nation after March 2019.

The Czech Republic delivers prosperity surplus – but improvements in Social Capital, Education and Business Environment are needed for shift to a knowledge economy

Thursday, 21 September 2017

At an event in Prague today, we look at prosperity in the Czech Republic, where is has grown faster than the Western European average. This event is part of a series, following the launch of our 2016 Central and Eastern European Prosperity Report with Erste Bank earlier this year.

Read the report here.

Former New Zealand Trade Minister and High Commissioner joins the Legatum Institute’s Special Trade Commission

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Sir Lockwood Smith, recently New Zealand’s High Commissioner in London, former Speaker of New Zealand’s Parliament and a former trade minister, has accepted Legatum Institute’s invitation to join their Special Trade Commission.

Legatum Institute appoints Simon Brocklebank-Fowler to head its Development Committee

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Legatum Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Brocklebank-Fowler as the new Head of its Development Committee. Simon, who will also serve as a Trustee of the Institute, founded Cubitt Consulting in 1998. A former diplomat and investment banker, he is an Honorary Visiting Fellow of Cass Business School and a former member of the Transatlantic Board of British American Business.

Commenting on the appointment of Simon Brocklebank-Fowler, the Institute’s CEO, Philippa Stroud, said:

“I am delighted that Simon has agreed to lead our Development Committee. He will bring enormous experience to the role, helping us to reach an ever wider audience as we seek to address the significant generational challenges we face.”

Legatum Institute launches the Legatum Financial Services Forum

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Legatum Institute is delighted to announce the incorporation of the Financial Services Negotiation Forum (FSNF) to create the Legatum Financial Services Forum.

The new body, led by our Director of Economic Prosperity Studies Shanker Singham, will strengthen the work of the Legatum Institute’s Special Trade Commission (STC), providing independent, expert analysis on the future of financial services policy.

The Legatum Financial Services Forum will build on the extensive research of both organisations to maximise the opportunities and minimise the disruption to financial services that result from Brexit, and bring people together from all sides of the debate.

Commenting on the creation of the Legatum Financial Services Forum, the Institute’s CEO, Philippa Stroud, said:

“The Legatum Institute is committed to positioning the United Kingdom for the best possible Brexit, one that is open and attracts the world’s best talent, where trading ties are free and where entrepreneurs can start new businesses, creating opportunities for others towards a new social contract: one that improves the life chances of the poor and vulnerable and ensures the young are able to seize the opportunities of tomorrow. Today marks an important step forward in this direction. Drawing upon the experience and expertise of the FSNF brings a broad and important constituency to the conversation around a winning Brexit, ensuring Britain’s financial services industry is secure and positioned for growth.”

Central and Eastern European countries deliver prosperity surplus – but further growth hinges on Social Capital, Governance and Business Environment improvements

Thursday, 15 June 2017

In Romania today, we launched our inaugural 2016 Central and Eastern European Prosperity Report with Erste Bank. The report underscores the importance of looking beyond wealth. It shows that while Central and Eastern Europe’s (CEE) average income remains far behind that of Western Europe, its prosperity has converged at a much faster rate. 

Austria’s challenge and opportunity to increase its prosperity is closely connected to Social Capital

Friday, 28 April 2017

Austria’s Prosperity ranking in Central and Eastern Europe and worldwide paints a mixed picture of broad-based but stagnant prosperity 

The Legatum Institute, the international think tank and educational charity, is launching its inaugural “Central and Eastern Europe Prosperity Report” on 28th April 2017 at Erste Group Bank in Vienna with a roundtable focused on Austria.

More parenting classes needed to be like Kate and Wills

Monday, 10 April 2017

British parents want more help in learning parenting skills, a new survey shows.

In a report for the London-based think-tank and educational charity, the Legatum Institute, the Bheard polling organisation showed that far from worrying about interference by a nanny state, parents actively want more parenting classes. 

Legatum Institute responds to George Osborne’s BCC speech

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

LONDON— Chair of the Legatum Institute’s Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham, responds to former Chancellor George Osborne’s remarks at the British Chambers of Commerce conference today - 28th February.

Legatum Institute Appoints Matthew Elliott as a Senior Fellow

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

LONDON—The Legatum Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Elliott as a Senior Fellow.

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