Making the Case for General Operating Grants

June 14, 2016

A recent SSIR piece from The Bridgespan Group discussed the need for nonprofit funding to support overhead, not just programs and services. Paula Goldman and Tie Kim share Omidyar Network’s take on providing general operating grants.


The Latecomer Edge: How Myanmar is Fast Tracking Mobile Money Adoption

June 13, 2016

If any country needed to get mobile money right, it’s Myanmar. More than 70 percent of its 53 million people have never used formal financial services. Most live in remote areas and would likely never be reached by brick-and-mortar banks, even if the branch network grew exponentially.


Why We Invested: Phandeeyar

June 2, 2016

Read why we invested in Phandeeyar, a community tech hub that is designed to support social innovation and civic tech in Myanmar.

Robynn Steffen
Senior Manager

Reflections on Making Markets Work for the Poor

June 1, 2016

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently pulled back the curtain on the $1B+ in impact investments it has made to help make markets work for the poor.


Why We Invested: RevUp

May 31, 2016

Learn about Omidyar Network’s investment in RevUp, a SaaS technology aimed at increasing fundraising efficiency and yield for nonprofits, academic institutions, and political organizations.


If you build it… will they come?

May 27, 2016

What do datasets on Danish addresses, Indonesian elections, Singapore Dengue Fever, Slovakian contracts, Uruguayan health service provision, and Global weather systems have in common?


No Place to Hide – Summit Ushers in Powerful New Anti-Corruption Measures

May 17, 2016

Read Martin Tisné’s reflections on three big stories coming out of last week’s UK Anti-Corruption Summit in London.


Open Data: Casting a Digital Net to Catch the Corrupt

May 5, 2016

The Panama Papers leak, and exposure of potential corruption on a global scale, has helped reveal just how much more must be done to shine a light on the shadows where corrupt activity takes place. Data, and better use of it, has to be central to this effort.

Robynn Steffen and Kelsey King

PRI Announcement Paves Way for Risk Capital

April 29, 2016

Last week, the White House announced that the US Treasury Department and the IRS finalized new regulations that make it easier for foundations to use Program-Related Investments (PRIs) to advance their missions.

Peter Rabley
Venture Partner

Skoll Foundation recognizes Omidyar Network Investees and Property Rights in Annual Awards

April 14, 2016

Two of our investees, Chuck Slaughter of Living Goods and Vivek Maru of Namati, have been honored with 2016 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship.

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The founders of @BCorporation share their insights with @NYTimes on capitalism, and what they are doing to “create…

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Learn more about how drone technology is helping Ghanian land surveyors to digitalize the mapping system in Ghana.


New Benchmark Initiative to Explore the Ethical Application of Location Data

The new Geovation Benchmark Initiative will link the geospatial community with businesses, public bodies, researchers, media, and the public to promote a better, wider understanding of the power and influence of location data.



Omidyar Network Joins in the Launch of an Anti-Monopoly Fund

Omidyar Network invests in a $10 million Anti-Monopoly Fund, led by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, to support academic research, policy advocates, and grassroots groups working on antitrust matters.



EthicalGEO Winners Show How We Can Use Geospatial Technology For The Good Of All

Forbes highlights the winners of American Geographical Society’s EthicalGEO fellowship focused on how location data and geospatial technology can be used for social justice and to empower people to take control of their data and to improve their communities.