Omidyar Network has invested $2m in DataKind, the nonprofit that connects data science and social sector experts to address critical humanitarian problems around the world including education, poverty, health, human rights, and the environment.
Omidyar Network’s investment comes as mission-driven organisations continue to face a growing challenge in today’s digital world—the lack of resources to analyse and act on the massive amounts of valuable data at their fingertips.
From using satellite imagery and remote sensing data to prevent the spread of crop diseases in Ethiopia to helping American Red Cross target its smoke alarm installation campaigns to communities in need, DataKind has rallied its global community of over 12,000 data science volunteers and social innovators to deliver over $14m in pro bono services to organisations worldwide.
Omidyar Network has supported DataKind since 2014, and this latest investment over the next three years will help the organisation to scale its services, driving greater collaboration between governments, nonprofits, and technologists. Additionally, the firm’s support will enable DataKind to test new approaches using predictive analytics, providing a better understanding of data’s potential to predict and identify issues of financial transparency and fiscal governance.