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Know Thy (Irrational) Customer: Ruma CEO on empowering communities through behavioral economics

April 6, 2015

Ruma CEO Aldi Haryopratomo shares thoughts on how behavioral economics can help increase access to and adoption of financial tools and resources in mid- and low-income communities.

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Alexandre Lazarow
Principal, Investments

Know Thy (Irrational) Customer: Alex Lazarow on behavioral economics’ role in financial inclusion

April 1, 2015

Alex Lazarow, investment associate with Omidyar Network, shares the advantages of integrating behavioral economics to financial products design and the global financial inclusion trends that are driving innovation forward.

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Peter Rabley
Venture Partner
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Noel Taylor
CEO, Cadasta Foundation

Making People Count

March 23, 2015

Sometimes the toughest problems can be tackled by the simplest of solutions. Consider Makena. She is a bright, energetic 13 year-old who lives with her family in Kibera in Nairobi – the largest urban slum in Africa.

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Paula Goldman
Vice President, Global Lead for Impact Investing

The Power of Direct Investments

March 20, 2015

The recent New York Times piece “From the Gates Foundation, Direct Investment, Not Just Grants,” which highlights the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s recent investments in commercial ventures, is another important indicator that impact investing is gaining more momentum.

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Khuram Hussain
Principal, Investments

Increasing the Impact of Civic Tech Platforms

By designing tools based on government needs, civic tech platforms will benefit.

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Know Thy (Irrational) Customer: Lenddo’s perspective on behavioral economics and other financial inclusion topics

March 5, 2015

Richard Eldridge, co-founder and COO of Lenddo, shares his perspectives on behavioral economics and talks about how big data can unlock one of the key issues around financial inclusion today: credit scoring of underbanked consumers in emerging markets.

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Know Thy (Irrational) Customer: How Behavioral Economics Can Advance Financial Inclusion

February 25, 2015

From mobile wallets to financial management apps to alternative credit assessment platforms, more entrepreneurs and established financial service providers are addressing financial inclusion than ever before.

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Making the Wallet Fit the Pocket: Why Behavioral Insights Matter in Financial Inclusion

February 6, 2015

Before Apple launched its Apple Pay mobile wallet, the company spent years looking at the habits and needs of its potential customers.

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Paula Goldman
Vice President, Global Lead for Impact Investing

“Leaving a Mark” Through Impact Investing

January 27, 2015

David Brooks’ How to Leave a Mark (New York Times 1/27/15) is one of the more insightful and succinct pieces written on impact investing to date. 

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Paula Goldman
Vice President, Global Lead for Impact Investing

WEF Report: Three Trends as the World Reimagines the Role of Markets

January 23, 2015

In partnership with The B team and Arianna Huffington, Omidyar Network convened a conversation at the World Economic Forum in Davos around the role of business and investing in reimagining markets for social impact.

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Charlottesville

Like so many across the country and around the globe, we were horrified and saddened to watch events unfold in Charlottesville, Virginia this last weekend.

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Swarna Pragati raises INR 500 million in debt funding from State Bank of India

Today, an estimated 450 million people lack safe and secure homes in rural India—with two key causes being a widespread lack of formal property rights documentation and exclusion from the formal financial economy.

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Newslaundry and Teamwork Arts join forces to host The Media Rumble

The Media Rumble, an annual event hosted by Omidyar Network’s investee Newslaundry and Teamwork Arts, attracted senior Indian journalists and renowned global media influencers for discussions on traditional and new media in India.  

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