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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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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 and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

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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Know Thy (Irrational) Customer: How Behavioral Economics Can Advance Financial Inclusion

February 25, 2015

From mobile wallets to financial management apps to alternative credit assessment platforms, more entrepreneurs and established financial service providers are addressing financial inclusion than ever before.

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Making the Wallet Fit the Pocket: Why Behavioral Insights Matter in Financial Inclusion

February 6, 2015

Before Apple launched its Apple Pay mobile wallet, the company spent years looking at the habits and needs of its potential customers.

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Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

“Leaving a Mark” Through Impact Investing

January 27, 2015

David Brooks’ How to Leave a Mark (New York Times 1/27/15) is one of the more insightful and succinct pieces written on impact investing to date. 

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Making Financial Services Relevant to People’s Lives

Smita Aggarwal recently spoke with The Hindu BusinessLine to share the global lessons to be learned from FinTech innovations in India.

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Omidyar Network and Village Capital Host India's First Civic Technology Event

Civic Tech Connect 2018 marked the official launch of the Civic Tech India 2018 Accelerator and brought together entrepreneurs and investors to build the civic technology ecosystem in India.

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Steady Capital now Available for Indian Civic Tech Startups as Omidyar Network Calls for Applications

Omidyar Network and Village Capital invite entrepreneurs to solve tough civic and social challenges in infrastructure, education, health, sanitation, governance, and administration through the recently launched Civic Tech India 2018 Accelerator program.

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