Competing to Serve the Poor

January 31, 2013

The 2010 microfinance crisis in India was a wake-up call to impact investors, elevating concerns about safeguarding the interests of poor customers.


A Unique Opportunity

December 5, 2012

British Prime Minister David Cameron has published an important op-ed on the role that open economies and open societies play in tackling global poverty and spurring growth.


Achieving Takeoff -- Part VI in Omidyar Network’s case for a sector-based approach to impact investing

October 3, 2012

To conclude our online series, we examine how impact investing can replicate the reach and success of microfinance and mobile telephony to new sectors.


Government Matters -- Part V in Omidyar's Network's case for a sector-based approach to impact investing

October 1, 2012

Political interests and government policies need to be aligned to ensure competition, establish policies and promote entrepreneurship in emerging sectors. The right mix of government regulations and policies can accelerate the growth and reach of an industry sector to millions of people.


Do No Harm: Subsidies and Impact Investing -- Part IV in Omidyar Network’s case for a sector-based approach to impact investing

September 28, 2012

Do subsidies distort markets or inject them with the dynamism needed to scale new sectors? Omidyar Network evaluates the role of subsidies in spurring new markets and examines instances where, alternatively, they can lead to stagnation.


Gaps in the Impact Investing Capital Curve -- Part III in Omidyar Network’s case for a sector-based approach to impact investing

September 27, 2012

To move sectors, we need to focus funding to fill in the gaps. Omidyar Network identifies these gaps to be most present in early-stage, high-risk social impact businesses as well as in building infrastructure. How then, should do we direct deal flow?


Embracing the Full Investment Continuum - Part II in Omidyar Network’s case for a sector-based approach to impact investing

September 26, 2012

How do we kick start sector development? What are the building blocks of a sector-based approach to impact investing?


Omidyar Network publishes “Priming the Pump for Impact Investing” in partnership with Stanford Social Innovation Review.

September 25, 2012

Five years after the term ‘impact investing’ was coined, Omidyar Network has developed a series of six articles that highlight key issues and opportunities for the industry.

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When employers have outsized power in an industry, wages suffer as a result. See how reining in corporate concentra…

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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.