Omidyar Network and Hivos have announced the creation of the Africa Transparency and Technology Initiative (ATTI). It is the first fund in Africa to support the incubation of technology-driven initiatives that give citizens the tools to hold their governments to account. Omidyar Network will invest up to $2M over the next two years as part of the philanthropic investment firm's Government Transparency investment area. Hivos, a Dutch NGO, will administer the Nairobi-based fund on Omidyar Network's behalf.
"By identifying and making single-instance grants to small, innovative organizations across the continent, ATTI will complement Omidyar Network's direct investments of larger, more established government transparency organizations in sub-Saharan Africa," said Stephen King, investment partner at Omidyar Network. "Hivos' experience and reach will be a tremendous asset to Omidyar Network, enabling us to extend the use of technology for government transparency across all of