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Andrew Clarke
Principal, Policy

A New Model for Investigative Journalism | Why We Invested: The Ferret

Omidyar Network is delighted to be supporting The Ferret with a $100,000 grant to develop the organization and grow its membership. The Ferret’s co-operative governance structure gives readers and members a say in key decisions, alongside the professional journalists on the organization’s board.

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Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner

How Khan Academy Kids is Helping All Children Prepare for Kindergarten

July 11, 2018

Today, Khan Academy announces the launch of Khan Academy Kids — the first early learning platform that is both personalized and focused on the whole child .

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Yoav Schlesinger
Chief of Staff, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

Hacking a More Ethical Future

While most Computer Science students are still years from joining the workforce, it’s vital to remember they are among the C-suite decision-makers and full stack developers of tomorrow. A healthier, more ethical technological future is in their hands, so how they view their responsibilities as technologists is critical.

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Nilesh Agarwal
Associate, Investments

Creating a Safety-Net Culture in India: Why We Invested in Toffee Insurance

June 13, 2018

Why we invested in Toffee Insurance, a financial technology platform that designs and sells bite-size, low-price insurance products created with millennials and digital natives in mind.

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Ameya Upadhyay
Principal, Investments
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Yaw Mante
Associate

Supporting the Growth of MSMEs across Africa: Why We Invested in Lidya

June 7, 2018

Why we invested in Lidya, a company addressing the MSME credit shortage in Africa through accessible and affordable credit.

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Why We Invested: End Poverty (N/Core)

June 1, 2018

For India’s nonprofits, resources are scarce, government subsidies are few, and the regulatory environment is complex. This environment makes it challenging for nonprofits to attract and retain quality talent and often deters young entrepreneurs from trying to solve some of the most pressing problems in India.

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

How to Solve the Disjuncture between Tech… and Everybody Else

At the Tech and Society Solutions Lab, we’re focused on what’s happening in tech, and thinking about how we best anticipate and prevent the ways tech can go sideways. As part of this effort, we recently commissioned research firm Protagonist to study the narrative landscape around responsibility in tech.

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Subhashish Bhadra
Principal, 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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Announcement

Investigative reporting co-operative, The Ferret, has secured a $100,000 grant to support its award-winning work

The two-year grant comes from Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm, and will enable The Ferret to expand its journalistic capacity, increase membership and impact, and strengthen its ability to hold power to account across Scotland, the UK and beyond.

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Announcement

Independent Research Commission Partnering with Facebook and 7 Nonprofit Foundations to Study Role of Social Media in Elections and Democracy Reveals New Name and Announces First Data Set is Available for Academic Research

The independent research commission that was announced in April to use Facebook data to analyze the role of social media on elections and democracy revealed today the organization's name — Social Science One. The new organization also provided details about how it will work, and announced that academics can now apply for access and funding to study the first Facebook data set.

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Article

Moving from Financial Access to Health

In a new World Bank article, Tilman Ehrbeck shares insights on the change in focus from financial access to financial health.

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