Mission statement

The Freedom and Prosperity project seeks to advance economic development through the promotion of economic freedom, the rule of law, and representative government as the best path for countries to reduce poverty and achieve prosperity for their people.

We seek to foster an inclusive dialogue with regional partners from across the globe on how to advance prosperity and improve the quality of life for people in developing countries. We will work with these partners to marshal the evidence and make a persuasive case that good political and economic institutions are essential for sustained improvements in standards of living.

This project is of particular relevance today as authoritarian, state-led capitalism is being falsely promoted as a superior alternative to economic freedom, the rule of law, and representative government.

This project begins from the premise that there are three essential ingredients for sustained economic development:

  1. Economic Freedom: An economic system in which free markets predominantly determine prices and the allocation of goods and services.
  2. Rule of Law: A legal system that protects property and contract rights and prevents corruption and the arbitrary abuse of power.
  3. Representative Government: A political system in which leaders are elected and political and civil liberties are protected.

To advance this case, we will:

  • Collaborate with think tanks, universities, and academic experts around the world to take stock of existing research and to stimulate and produce our own original research in support of the project’s core objectives.
  • Engage with political leaders, policymakers, civil society and business leaders, scholars, journalists, and students, particularly in developing countries. We will organize and engage through international conferences and other public events at which current and former political leaders from around the world, as well as noted scholars, endorse economic freedom, the rule of law, and representative government. The project will reach a broad public audience through an active social media campaign.
  • Develop and publish an annual Freedom and Prosperity Index that measures countries’ progress on freedom and prosperity. A primary measure of economic development is per capita gross domestic product (GDP). We will also gauge economic development by taking into account other indicators, including: poverty rates, education levels, access to health care, gender and economic equality, and environmental protection.

Asia Workshop


Past events

Mar 7, 2022

Workshop on freedom and prosperity in Asia

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Atlantic Council

On February 16, 2022, the Atlantic Council’s Freedom and Prosperity Project, in collaboration with the Centre for Civil Society in India, hosts the fourth and last in a series of virtual workshops on strengthening economic freedom, rule of law, and representative government in different regions across the world.

Democratic Transitions
Economy & Business

Africa Workshop


Past events

Jan 28, 2022

Workshop on freedom and prosperity in Africa

By
Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council’s Freedom and Prosperity Project, on January 11, 2022, in collaboration with the Centre for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes, Burundi, hosts the third in a series of virtual workshops on strengthening economic freedom, rule of law, and representative government in different regions across the world.

Africa
Democratic Transitions

Middle East Workshop


Past events

Nov 3, 2021

Workshop on freedom and prosperity in the Greater Middle East and North Africa

By
Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council’s Freedom and Prosperity Project, on October 28, 2021, in collaboration with the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and the Tunisian Council for International Relations, hosts the second in a series of virtual workshops on strengthening economic freedom, rule of law, and representative government in different regions across the world.

Democratic Transitions
Economy & Business

Latin America workshop


Past events

Oct 7, 2021

Workshop on freedom and prosperity in Latin America

By
Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council’s Freedom and Prosperity Project, on September 28, 2021, in collaboration with the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and Brazilian think tank Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV), hosts the first in a series of virtual workshops on strengthening economic freedom, rule of law, and representative government in different regions across the world.

Press release

Press Release

Jun 28, 2021

Atlantic Council launches Freedom and Prosperity Project

By
Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council announced today the launch of the Freedom and Prosperity Project in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, which will advocate in favor of economic freedom, the rule of law, and representative government as the best path for developing countries to achieve prosperity.

Leadership

Team