About the Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge
With generous support from the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and The Rockefeller Foundation, data.org issued an open call in May 2020 for breakthrough ideas that harness the power of data to help people and communities rebound and remain resilient in the wake of COVID-19 and its economic impact.
Through the Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge, data.org sought to address a systemic issue: the majority of social initiatives don’t have the budget, staff, capacity, or partnerships to take full advantage of our current data revolution. But with support, mission-driven organizations can use data, tools, and methods to make their work go further and faster, helping more people.
After thorough review, we awarded $10 million in funding and technical assistance across eight exemplary awardees from a pool of over 1,200 applications, and the Paul Ramsay Foundation funded a ninth project. These awardees show the range of opportunities that exist to use data to drive social impact for workers, entrepreneurs, and communities.
There is tremendous potential for these projects to scale to new geographies, as well as inform similar projects across the world.
In fact, as you’ll see highlighted in this report, many already have expanded to new countries and received additional funding. And this is only the beginning — these awardees will go even further in the months and years to come, scaling and replicating their solutions around the world. We are heartened by the innovative thinking of these leaders to implement programs and policies to lift up all segments of society. data.org is committed to continuing to support, fund, and amplify such visionary — but also practical — projects that fundamentally and positively impact and encourage resilient communities.
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countries initally impacted through awardee projects
projects scaled or replicated in new countries
organizations secured additional funding
raised in direct follow-on funding