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Insights

Omidyar Network Calls for Research Proposals

Research Report February 6, 2015

Omidyar Network is launching a multi-method, multi-year research project on “Open Data: Demand, Use, and Impact.”

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Newsroom

Driving Financial Inclusion at 4G Speed

Article April 7, 2015

Tilman Ehrbeck shares insights on Huffington Post Impact on the potential of digital data applications to advance financial services innovation in emerging markets.  

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From the Blog

Know Thy (Irrational) Customer: MicroEnsure CEO on insurance, financial inclusion, and behavioral economics

April 13, 2015

MicroEnsure CEO Richard Leftley discusses behavioral economics’ role in making financial services such as insurance more relevant for the working poor.

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SPOTLIGHT

How
is Technology Reinventing Social Impact?

OUR TAKE

Breaking Barriers to Scaling Social Good

By Christopher Keefe

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