Center for Development & Entrepreneurship

Our Partners


The Legatum Group

Legatum is a global partnership with a mission at its core. Meaning ‘legacy’ or ‘gift’ in Latin, Legatum seeks to tackle the big global challenges with the goal of improving the world for the next generation. Since its founding in 2006, Legatum’s ventures and humanitarian projects have positively impacted the lives of over 403 million people in more than 100 countries. Today, Legatum’s portfolio comprises several other organisations including:

  • The END Fund, which is on track to eliminate the world’s five most common neglected tropical diseases by 2030;
  • The Luminos Fund, which helps get children back into school after their exclusion due to poverty, war, or discrimination;
  • The Freedom Fund, which invests in community-led efforts to end modern slavery and human trafficking globally.


The Mastercard Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation advances microfinance and youth learning to promote financial inclusion and prosperity. Through collaboration with committed partners in developing countries, Mastercard Foundation is helping people living in poverty to access opportunities to learn and prosper.

The Mastercard Foundation’s Youth Learning Program is committed to preparing youth to engage in the economy and lead change in their communities. The Program focuses on three key interlinked thematic areas: enabling post-primary learning, facilitating entry into the workforce and supporting entrepreneurship. Young people represent the world’s present and future workforce-innovators, entrepreneurs, educations, scientists and leaders. Approximately three-fourths of the world’s 1.5 billion young people live in developing countries. They need relevant 21st century skills, including the ability to apply knowledge, innovate, solve problems, use technology and develop entrepreneurial opportunities. The Mastercard Foundation believes that by investing in youth learning, young people could become the basis for sustained economic and social development.

The Mastercard Foundation’s microfinance program focuses on three areas: expanding microfinance in Sub-Saharan Africa, providing young people with access to microfinance, and strengthening the microfinance sector. The MasterCard Foundation seeks to expand access and promote financial inclusion to improve the quality of life for people of all ages.

HRH Princess Moudi Bint Khalid

The Royal Family of HRH Princess Moudi in Saudi Arabia has committed to supporting Legatum Fellowships through a generous gift to the Legatum Center. The HRH Princess Moudi bint Khalid Fellowships prepare citizens and long-term residents of Saudi Arabia for entrepreneurial careers that contribute to economic and social progress in the region.


The Jacobs Foundation

The Jacobs Foundation invests in the future of young people so that they become socially responsible and productive members of society.

In order to achieve this goal, children and youth must be given better opportunities for positive development and equitable access to education. Whatever their background, place of residence or family income, all children should have the chance to reach their full potential.

Early childhood plays a key role in this context; research has shown that this is the most important developmental phase in a person’s life. Moreover, educational programs and resources need to address each child’s individual needs. In the 21st century, new technologies aimed at facilitating individualized learning are becoming increasingly important. This is why the Jacobs Foundation is funding global research on learning and child development, supporting innovative scientists and implementing practical projects in early childhood and rural livelihoods.