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How our New Investments Address the Needs of India’s “Next Half Billion”

April 25, 2018

We recently announced six new investments — Doubtnut, Pratilipi, Healofy, Vedantu, Kaleidofin, and Affordplan — all of which align with our goal of supporting entrepreneurs that serve the Next Half Billion.

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Yaw Mante
Associate

Bringing Insurance to Smallhold Farmers: Why We Invested in Pula

April 23, 2018

If you are smallhold farmer in Eastern Africa, you probably have noticed that the air is already turning heavy with rain, which indicates that you should start considering which seeds to purchase for the sowing season.

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Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab
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Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner

A Partnership for More Responsible Tech: Assessing Facebook’s Role in Elections

April 19, 2018

Last week, Omidyar Network’s Tech and Society Solutions Lab announced a joint partnership with several leading foundations to fund independent academic research into the role that Facebook plays in elections.

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Amol Warange
Principal, Investments

Making Formal Financial Services Relevant to Indian Consumers: Why We Invested in Kaleidofin

April 15, 2018

India is starting to reap the benefits of several transformational initiatives launched in recent years, which are focused on improving access to the formal financial system. A staggering number of bank accounts have been opened by the Jan Dhan program.

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EDUpreneurs Wanted

April 12, 2018

We are committed to supporting education changemakers — both in the nonprofit and for-profit space — but we need more “edupreneurs” willing to push boundaries; more governments and communities willing to pursue public-private collaboration; and more financial capital flowing into the sector to provide support.

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Ashley Beckner
Principal, Investments
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Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner

Why We Invested: Waterford UPSTART: Expanding School Readiness for Early Learners

April 11, 2018

At Omidyar Network, we are investing in solutions that seek to improve the development and educational outcomes of children birth to age five. Waterford UPSTART provides one way for families to support and develop their young children.

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Sarah Morgenstern
Principal, Investments
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Tracy Williams
Senior Manager, Intellectual Capital

Measuring What Matters: Why We Invested in the U.S. Financial Health Pulse

April 10, 2018

Why we invested in the U.S. Financial Health Pulse, a rigorous, regularly-refreshed snapshot of the financial health of American adults.

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Isabelle Hau
Investment Partner
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Ashley Beckner
Principal, Investments

Why We Invested: Holberton School

April 9, 2018

One of the biggest issues facing higher education in the US today is return on investment. Is the price of a higher education leading to a fulfilling professional career that will enable a student to earn and comfortably repay his or her school expenses?

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Anuradha Ramachandran
Director, Investments
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Sarvesh Kanodia
Associate, Investments

Why We Invested: Varthana

April 5, 2018

Why we invested in Varthana, a financial services company transforming the affordable private school sector in India.

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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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