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Anamitra Deb
Senior Director

Can We Trust Facebook to Keep Our "Digital Living Rooms" Safe From Liars, Racists, and Haters?

March 11, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg recently announced plans to build a new offering focused on private conversations. By combining the billions of users across WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram, this still-to-be-created product claims to be the future of communication: private, encrypted, secure.

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Eshanthi Ranasinghe
Senior Manager

The Rise –and Fall?– of the Social Media Influence

March 7, 2019

There are estimates of more than 1 million “influencers” in the world, that speak to 84 billion accounts, shaping viewer opinions and purchasing patterns through videos, pictures, tweets, “stories”, and more.

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Mike Kubzansky
Managing Partner

Flourish: Building a Fairer Financial Sector that Works for All

March 6, 2019

Today marks the creation of Flourish, an evergreen venture fund backing FinTech entrepreneurs who are focused on financial health and prosperity.

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Eshanthi Ranasinghe
Senior Manager

China Ascendant: "Soft power" in an Open Global Order

March 4, 2019

China is rapidly gaining global influence through the application of soft power — the ability to shape the world without the use of military force or coercion.

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Eshanthi Ranasinghe
Senior Manager

Exploration and Future Sensing at Omidyar Network

February 21, 2019

Announcing a new team that will use foresight, deep listening, experimentation, and provocative output and experiences, to inspire new thinking about where the world could head, and what we should do about it now.

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Abiah Weaver
Director, Marketing Strategy & Communications
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Magdi Amin
Investment Partner

African Union to Consider Good Digital Identity Principles at Summit

February 5, 2019

Framework aims to help millions of Africans benefit from the digital economy while keeping the interests of African people at the center of digital identity systems.

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Abiah Weaver
Director, Marketing Strategy & Communications

#GoodID Champions Unite Online to Make ID Work for Everyone

January 31, 2019

Today, with the launch of a new website and Twitter account, the #GoodID movement takes a leap forward in its goal to bring together diverse voices in the evolving field of digital identity.

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How Female Tech Talent Is Creating an Inclusive Digital Economy in Latin America: Why We Invested in Laboratoria

January 31, 2019

More than 22 million young people in Latin America and the Caribbean neither work nor study. That number is slightly higher than the population of Chile, and two and a half times as many people as live in Mexico City.

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Eliza Erikson
Investment Partner
&
Emily Feenstra
Principal

Filling the Middleware Gap across Latin America: Why We Invested in Agenda Edu and Blended

January 29, 2019

Since we started investing in education across Latin America in 2015, we have been primarily focused on companies that are developing innovative classroom technology that supports individual, personalized learning. Why?

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Sarvesh Kanodia
Associate, Investments
&
Namita Dalmia
Principal

Life Skills To Tackle 21st Century Challenges: Why We Invested in Dream a Dream

January 27, 2019

Anitha’s life changed when she scored a goal in a football game where she was the only girl. Today, at the age of 22, the self-admitted sports fanatic has certification from the All India Football Federation.

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Announcement

Healofy raises $8 Million dollars from BabyTree Group, Bace Capital, and Omidyar Network India.

Women-centric social network Healofy said Wednesday that they have raised $8 million (about Rs 55 crore) from BabyTree Group, China's maternity and child-focused community platform, Bace Capital, a fund anchored by Ant Financial Services Group, and existing investor Omidyar Network India.

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Announcement

Hundreds of Millions Expect to Lose Their Homes Against Their Will, Largest Ever Study Reveals

Hundreds of millions of people in developing countries expect to lose their homes against their will in the next five years, a ground-breaking study has shown.

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Announcement

Cadasta Foundation Launches New Platform and Strategy to Put Land Rights on the Map

Cadasta Foundation announced the launch of its new mobile technology and strategy on the sidelines of the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference in Washington, DC.

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