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

WEF Report: Three Trends as the World Reimagines the Role of Markets

January 23, 2015

In partnership with The B team and Arianna Huffington, Omidyar Network convened a conversation at the World Economic Forum in Davos around the role of business and investing in reimagining markets for social impact.

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Event Highlights: How Technology Can Inspire Citizen Engagement

December 17, 2014

The second edition of Tech for Citizen Engagement was held in New Delhi in December to spark ideas on how to leverage the power of technology in engaging with citizens for better public service delivery.

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An Uncertain Future: A Close-up of the Financial Lives of Working Americans

December 11, 2014

I recently visited the FDR memorial in Washington D.C. and had the opportunity to view some of the great president’s remarks etched on the marble walls of the monument.

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Andrew Clarke
Principal, Policy

Grant to The One Campaign Follows the Money

November 25, 2014

Omidyar Network is pleased to announce a three-year grant of up to $3m to The ONE Campaign to build the policy, advocacy and campaigning infrastructure for a global campaign on transparency and accountability.

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Martin Tisné
Investment Partner

New Tool in Fighting Corruption: Open Data

November 17, 2014

Yesterday in Brisbane, the G20 threw its weight behind open data by featuring it prominently in the G20 Anti-Corruption working action plan.

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Growing pains for Openness?

November 16, 2014

Through our work at Omidyar Network we see, on a daily basis, the growing tensions between competing ideals and philosophies.

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Tim Kelsey
National Director, Patients & Information NHS England

Health Data, Transparency, and Trust

November 3, 2014

Transparency may be the most important public policy of our generation: Opening up data about government services is a proven antidote to corruption, a stimulant to digital innovation and economic growth and to more inclusive political debate, but it is more than that – it also has the capacity t

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Announcement

Investigative reporting co-operative, The Ferret, has secured a $100,000 grant to support its award-winning work

The two-year grant comes from Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm, and will enable The Ferret to expand its journalistic capacity, increase membership and impact, and strengthen its ability to hold power to account across Scotland, the UK and beyond.

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Independent Research Commission Partnering with Facebook and 7 Nonprofit Foundations to Study Role of Social Media in Elections and Democracy Reveals New Name and Announces First Data Set is Available for Academic Research

The independent research commission that was announced in April to use Facebook data to analyze the role of social media on elections and democracy revealed today the organization's name — Social Science One. The new organization also provided details about how it will work, and announced that academics can now apply for access and funding to study the first Facebook data set.

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Moving from Financial Access to Health

In a new World Bank article, Tilman Ehrbeck shares insights on the change in focus from financial access to financial health.

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