Omdena Civil Society Program

Become an AI-enabled CSO & 10x Your Impact | Omdena

Become an AI-enabled Organization

& 10x your impact with the global AI community

No matter your maturity level, the Omdena platform helps you to build ethical real-world solutions through diverse AI talent from around the world. 

Omdena recruited a team of more than 50 data scientists around the globe who worked tirelessly over the entire project duration. The project resulted in several outcomes that are extremely promising, not just for Save the Children, but for the entire field of NGOs.
John Zoltner

Senior Advisor of Technology for Development and Innovation, Save the Children

Omdena chosen as AI partner in the USAID $452M

Civil Society and Media Program

Save the Children

Source: Pact

USAID awards Pact, IREX and partners two major awards to strengthen civil society and media for inclusive, representative democratic societies



Over 60 Civil Society Partners

Omdena Civil Society Partners

What is an AI-enabled NGO?

An organization that recognizes the value of data and uses artificial intelligence to deliver some of their services and programs highly efficiently and at a large scale.

The path to becoming AI-enabled


1. Discover

Find out what problems you would like to solve using AI. 

Additionally, an organization will need to find out which data sources are available.

2. Agile development

A short, initial innovation project is required to find the best way to solve the problem.

This demonstrates the value of an AI solution both internally and externally.


3. Productionize 

The proof of concept is brought into production for the use by stakeholders to generate value.

4. Capacity building

The NGO starts a larger project to build up internal capacities like technical skills and to foster stakeholder collaboration, communication and problem-solving.


The Omdena Platform accelerates your journey

Spanning across 120+ countries, 175+ local chapters, and more than 15,000 collaborators

Bottom-up driven AI development at Omdena

How to work with us.

From AI Innovation Challenge to diverse top talent teams. 

AI Innovation Challenge
AI Innovation Challenge

Outcome: AI models

  • 50 engineers / 5000 h development time
  • Up to 20 countries per team
Top Talent
Top Talent Teams

Outcome: AI products

  • Dedicated teams of 1-5 engineers
  • Top 2% of Omdena talent
  • Up & downscale on-demand

Outcome:  Your next hire(s)

  • 85% of startups hire engineers from Omdena within 12 months
  • Work with talent before hiring

World Resources Institute´s journey with Omdena

(10 months, 5 innovation projects, 3 products, funding secured, +150 collaborators involved)


Up till now, we have worked with more than 150 AI engineers to do innovation sprints and develop prototypes in a matter of months. Already, our first Omdena AI project secured funding from our donors. I am a big fan and we are on our fifth project.
Kathleen Buckingham

Senior Manager, Data & Innovation, World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute

Rapid innovation & more funding

WRI hosted an Omdena Innovation Challenge where 50 collaborators built a prototype to identify land use conflicts and match mediating government policies. The innovation project was well-received and secured funding for follow-up projects. 



Productionizing & additional Innovation Challenges

WRI has been hosting multiple Challenges across domains such as climate change, land conflicts, policy-making, and more. In addition, WRI is leveraging Omdena Talent to develop production-level solutions.  

Land Conflicts

Prototype: Policy Matching Tool

AI Teams

Upskilling WRI´s internal teams

Omdena and WRI´s teams are working closely together where we give access to our knowledge base and tool partnerships. This provides WRI´s staff not only a deep-dive into AI applications but also valuable skills to manage and execute real-world projects successfully. 

Catholic Relief Services´s journey with Omdena


Omdena staff have created and scaled AI algorithms that address core problems around poverty. The statistical results allow programs to focus on key areas that will drive change.
Kathryn M. Clifton, PhD

Global Data Analytics and Reporting Lead, Catholic Relief Services


Hiring AI Talent as an NGO

CRS achieved hiring culture-fit and problem-driven AI engineers from Omdena Top Talent to scale their AI models for poverty reduction across multiple countries.



A dashboard that uses NLP to track the conversation around getting children out of orphanages and into supportive homes and how COVID-19 is influencing the dialogue.

A dashboard that uses NLP to track the conversation around getting children out of orphanages and into supportive homes and how COVID-19 is influencing the dialogue.
A dashboard that looks at livestock ownership and food security as livestock is associated with lower food security.

A dashboard that looks at livestock ownership and food security as livestock is associated with lower food security. 

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team´s journey with Omdena

The diversity of knowledge coming from Omdena’s collaborators is amazing! Various techniques within deep learning and machine learning techniques in their “toolbox”.

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Need more testimonials?

International Social Service, CEO

“From no data to a tool for case management”

UNDP, Digital Transformation Head

“Rapid progress through collaborative teams”


“A unique journey and milestone to safety-rate each street in the world”

Tshering Namgyay Wangchuk, GovTech Agency Bhutan

“Opening doors to exciting opportunities in the field of AI for Bhutan’s future.”

ElsaMarie D’Silva – Founder Red Dot Foundation (India)

“Very open-minded, and very flexible to new ideas”

Explore how we can help you

No matter where you are on your AI-enablement journey, Omdena can accelerate your progress along the path.

Please fill out the form below or drop an email to [email protected] to set up an exploration call. 

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