Omidyar Network Fund, Inc.

The Omidyar Network Fund, Inc. is the non-profit arm of Omidyar Network, a global network of innovators, entrepreneurs, technologists, advocates, investors, activists and organisations committed to addressing the most critical economic, technological and societal issues of our time. The Omidyar Network, including the foundation, was established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam.

The Omidyar Network’s areas of work benefiting developing countries mainly include: digital identity, education and property rights.

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The Omidyar Network Fund provided USD 29.7 million for development in 2020 through its grantmaking activities and programme-related investments. Compared to 2019, this amount decreased by 50% in real terms. Grants represented 97% of the Omidyar Network Fund’s gross disbursements.

In 2020, the Omidyar Network Fund provided USD 2.5 million to the multilateral system, all of which was earmarked for specific countries, regions, themes or purposes through the United Nations entities (UNECA and the UNDP) and the World Bank Group. The remainder were mostly channelled through non-governmental organisations.

The Omidyar Network Fund’s development finance was primarily focused on Asia (USD 9 million) and Africa (USD 6.1 million), accounting respectively for 30% and 21% of gross bilateral contributions, noting that 42% was unspecified by region in 2020. The top recipients of the Omidyar Network Fund’s grants were India, South Africa and Brazil.

Almost all of the Omidyar Network Fund’s development finance in 2020 targeted social infrastructure and services, with a particular focus on government and civil society, education, and other social infrastructure and services (e.g. housing policy, employment creation and social protection).

In terms of the 2030 Agenda, the Omidyar Network Fund’s development finance mainly supported SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) and SDG 4 (quality education).

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