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.

The Omidyar Network Fund disbursed USD 58.9 million for development in 2019. Compared to 2018, this amount represents an increase by 10% in real terms. Grants represented 97% of the Omidyar Network Fund’s gross disbursements; the remainder was extended as standard loans.

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In 2019, the Omidyar Network Fund provided USD 3 million of gross disbursements to the multilateral system, accounting for 5% of its total development finance. The main multilateral channels used by the Omidyar Network Fund included the World Bank, the United Nations Capital Development Fund and the Economic Commission for Africa. All of these contributions were earmarked for specific countries, regions, themes or purposes.

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See the section on Geographic and thematic focus for the geographical and thematic breakdown of bilateral allocations earmarked through the multilateral development system.

In 2019, the Omidyar Network Fund channelled its development finance mostly through non-governmental organisations (67%), public-private partnerships, networks and the private sector (15%) and universities, research institutes and think tanks (12%).

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In 2019, civil society organisations (CSOs) received USD 39 million of gross disbursements. Of this, 54% was allocated to CSOs as core contributions and 46% was channelled through CSOs to implement projects initiated by the provider (earmarked funding). CSOs based in developing countries received 41% of the Omidyar Network Fund’s allocations channelled to/through CSOs.

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In 2019, the Omidyar Network Fund’s development finance was primarily focused on Asia and Africa. USD 13 million was allocated to Asia and USD 9 million to Africa, accounting respectively for 22% and 15% of its development finance. Fifty-two per cent of gross development finance was unspecified by region in 2019.

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Bilateral private development finance by recipient country

In 2019, 39% of gross disbursements went to the Omidyar Network Fund’s top 10 recipients, most notably India, Brazil and South Africa. The share of 60% was not allocated by country, mainly relating to expenditure for projects and programmes with a regional scope or unrestricted character.

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The Omidyar Network Fund allocated almost all of its country-allocable grants and investments to middle-income countries in 2019, noting that 60% was unallocated by income group.

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Note: LDC: least developed country; LIC: low-income country; LMIC: lower middle-income country; UMIC: upper middle-income country.

In 2019, almost all of the Omidyar Network’s development finance was allocated to social infrastructure and services. Contributions in this area accounted for 90% of its development finance (USD 53 million), showing a strong focus on government and civil society (notably human rights, democratic participation and civil society development, media and free flow of information) and education.

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In terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Omidyar Network Fund focused most of its development finance on peace, justice & strong institutions; reduced inequalities; and quality education.

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The methodological notes provide further details on the definitions and statistical methodologies applied, including core and earmarked contributions to multilateral organisations, the SDG focus of private development finance, channels of delivery, unspecified/unallocated allocations, the gender equality policy marker, and the environment markers.

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