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Omidyar Network renews investment in DataKind

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.

“Omidyar Network is proud to support DataKind’s innovative model to engage data scientists in addressing urgent issues that impact the lives of millions of people,” says Stacy Donohue, investment partner at Omidyar Network. “DataKind has been a pioneer in the emerging field of data science for good by mobilising data scientists via a tiered engagement model and global chapters in five countries. From weekend-long DataDives to short-term DataCorps projects to in-house projects with DataKind Labs, DataKind’s volunteers and staff are poised to create substantial impact on issues facing governments and nonprofits globally.”

As a part of Omidyar Network’s Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative, which seeks to help create stronger and more open societies by increasing government responsiveness and citizen participation, DataKind also provides valuable insights to the firm’s portfolio of companies and organisations focused on improving the relationship between citizens and their governments.

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