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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.

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Matt Bannick
Former Managing Partner
&
Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

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.

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Matt Bannick
Former Managing Partner
&
Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

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.

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Matt Bannick
Former Managing Partner
&
Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

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.

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Matt Bannick
Former Managing Partner
&
Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

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?

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Matt Bannick
Former Managing Partner
&
Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

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?

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Matt Bannick
Former Managing Partner
&
Paula Goldman
Vice President and Global Lead, Tech and Society Solutions Lab

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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New Competition Wants to Bring Ethics to Undergraduate Computer Science Classrooms

Tina Nazerian at EdSurge covers the launch of the Responsible Computer Science Challenge, the latest exciting initiative incubated at the Tech and Society Solutions Lab.

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Silicon Valley Funders Issue Ambitious Challenge to Embed Ethical Thinking into Computer Science Curriculum at Colleges and Universities Nationwide

Final projects will be judged by an external review committee of academics, tech industry leaders, and others.

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How Can Tech Companies Restore Trust? One Engineer at a Time

The Responsible Computer Science Challenge, incubated at Omidyar Network’s Tech and Society Solutions Lab, comes with a letter signed by more than 30 tech founders and executives reinstating the importance of teaching ethical standards to engineers.

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