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Peter Rabley
Venture Partner

FORUM2015: How FES Unleashed the Power of the Commons

April 21, 2015

At Omidyar Network, we often refer to property rights as one of the world’s most underused solutions to economic empowerment that is hiding in plain sight.

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Know Thy (Irrational) Customer: Arjuna Costa on Trends That will Advance Financial Inclusion

April 21, 2015

Arjuna Costa, investment partner with Omidyar Network, shares the impact of behavioral economics on financial inclusion and three emerging trends that are driving innovation forward in this field.

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Know Thy (Irrational) Customer: MicroEnsure CEO on insurance, financial inclusion, and behavioral economics

April 13, 2015

MicroEnsure CEO Richard Leftley discusses behavioral economics’ role in making financial services such as insurance more relevant for the working poor.

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Alexandre Lazarow
Principal, Investments

Innovating Beyond Tech: What This Year’s Trends at Mobile World Congress Mean for Financial Inclusion

April 8, 2015

Innovation is about more than just technology. Yes, technology turns new ideas into tomorrow’s products and services, but it’s how we think about technology that truly brings about scalable solutions for social challenges.

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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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Omidyar Network joins the Partnership on AI

Omidyar Network is pleased to announce that we have joined the Partnership on AI.

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Children of the financial crisis spark a shift from bank to payment accounts

Arjuna Costa talked with Payments Source about Omidyar Network’s recent investment in Chime, a company that uses payment accounts to encourage savings and financial health through steep discounts and incentives.

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Beyond aid: Insights from Social Capital Markets on achieving the SDGs

Devex's Catherine Cheney recaps highlights from last week's SOCAP conference in San Francisco and highlights how capital can be deployed in service of the SDGs. 

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