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Subhashish Bhadra
Associate, Investments

Supporting Data-Driven Discourse on Aadhaar

May 20, 2018

We believe that rigorous, unbiased, and holistic data like the State of Aadhaar Report complements other research tools in creating a rich evidence base to drive policy. We are particularly committed to supporting research that focuses on individuals to further understand their needs, experiences, and concerns around digital identity systems.

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Improving Financial Outcomes with FinTech

May 17, 2018

New data published in the latest Global Findex shows impressive momentum in financial inclusion worldwide.

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Why We Invested: Mapping Slums in Odisha, India with Tata Trusts

May 15, 2018

In India, having “patta” is critical to accessing social and financial opportunity. Patta, or property titles, may sometimes be the only way to show the proof of address that’s needed to open a bank account, enroll children in school, and access government benefits. Without it, many are invisible to the system.

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Designed to Earn Your Trust | Why We Invested: The Correspondent

Trust is in decline. Less than half the population surveyed “trusted the news” in the 36 countries covered by the Reuters Institute Digital News Report, with 38% of Americans actually “avoiding” it.

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Yasemin Saltuk Lamy
Senior Manager, Intellectual Capital

Why We Invested: Learning Machine

May 7, 2018

One promising model for self-sovereign digital identity is Learning Machine, a new investment of Omidyar Network’s Digital Identity initiative. Learning Machine enables individuals to own their credentials digitally, and share them for verification themselves—thus reducing the dependency on the issuing authority and enhancing privacy.

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Nilesh Agarwal
Associate, Investments

Making Healthcare Affordable in India: Why We Invested in AffordPlan

May 3, 2018

Why we invested in AffordPlan, a FinTech platform designed to help low- and middle-income Indian consumers manage planned healthcare expenses.

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Wendy Trott
Analyst, Investments

Using Mobile Action to Power Change | Why We Invested: amandla.mobi

Amandla! Awethu!  This popular South African rallying cry was a powerful symbolic act against oppression during the fight against the apartheid regime - a demand that the people govern themselves.  Meaning “Power!

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Robynn Steffen
Senior Manager, Impact Investing

Why We Invested: The ImPact Next Generation Leadership Council

April 26, 2018

As millions of people joined the March for Our Lives last month, it reminded me that sometimes it takes the next generation to inspire us and lead us forward. With fresh eyes, they see justice so clearly.

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Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

Reflections on TED2018: How the Tech Debate Brings New Opportunities

April 25, 2018

A few weeks ago, I attended TED2018 in Vancouver. I’ve since found myself reflecting on how different this year’s event was from many TEDs of years past.

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Largest-ever Survey on Aadhaar Provides Data-Driven Insights on Key Aspects of Exclusion, Privacy and Data Quality

IDinsight, a global development analytics firm working across India, today released the State of Aadhaar Report 2017-18.

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NPX Launches a New, Better Way to Donate that Ensures Impact for Donors and Enables Investors to Invest in Nonprofits

NPX, a company reinventing how the nonprofit sector is financed, today announced the launch of the first donor fund to ensure impact for every dollar donated.

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Odisha government rolls out "world's largest" slum land rights project

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik formally handed over land titles to 2,000 urban slum dwellers as part of the world’s largest slum land titling initiative on May 7.

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