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In March, the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship teamed up with the Lauder Institute at The Wharton School to host the 2021 Lauder Africa Symposium. The Symposium focused on understanding the world of work in a rapidly changing Africa. …


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In his 2009 book, “Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free,” Charles P. Pierce stated that in today’s age “any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units.” …


Digital health has the power and potential to unlock health services for any patient with access to a cell phone.

With global expansion in mobile phone use and Internet connectivity, digital health — i.e., the application of information and communications technology (ICT) to health services — is playing a growing…


Caitlin Dolkart, Founder of rescue.co

Before the Legatum Fellowship, Caitlin Dolkart, MIT Sloan ’16, could not have predicted where she is today. Caitlin had an idea for a tech-enabled platform that connects patients, ambulances, and hospitals to provide the agile emergency response in countries without a 911 service. She said, “a company still felt super…


This blog is the second in a three-part series exploring how entrepreneurs in developing markets have amplified, pivoted, and created ventures to address new healthcare challenges in light of COVID-19. Read the first post in the series here.

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In the devastation and disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic — which has…


On January 27th, Elizabeth MacBride, Seth Levine, and Malia Lazu joined the Legatum Center for a conversation on the upcoming book from Elizabeth and Seth — The New Builders. In this discussion, we learned about the communities of entrepreneurs they discovered in writing this book, entrepreneurs who don’t fit the…


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Across the globe, COVID-19 has put health systems under the spotlight. The underlying strengths or fragility of public health infrastructure and public policies have enabled or hampered nations’ ability to manage the crisis.

As evidenced by personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages and late or limited testing capacity, the United States…


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“Widely used algorithm for follow up care in hospitals is racially biased.” This was the headline for a Statnews article in October 2019. The underlying cause? Biased data. The lesson learned? Systemic inequality begets AI inequality. As of the end of 2020, there were 64 FDA-approved artificial intelligence (AI) healthcare…


In partnership with Resonance, the Legatum Center is hosting the Inclusive Innovation Exchange — a series of conversations showcasing innovators who have designed meaningful solutions to improve health outcomes with and for local communities in emerging markets. In the fourth episode, we talked with Legatum Fellow, Dr. …


At 38, Maya Said’s friend was diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer. She was shocked. Physicians typically recommend regular screening starting at age 40. Her friend was young, and the cancer was aggressive. If not for her own initiative, her diagnosis could have progressed unchecked. …

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