Lacuna Fund began as a funder collaborative between The Rockefeller Foundation,, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre, but it has since evolved into a multi-stakeholder engagement supported by a range of development, philanthropic, and research institutions. Collectively, we are committed to creating and mobilizing labeled datasets that both solve urgent local problems and lead to a step change in machine learning’s potential worldwide.


The Rockefeller Foundation




The Rockefeller Foundation advances new frontiers of science, data, policy and innovation to solve global challenges related to health, food, power and economic mobility. As a science-driven philanthropy focused on building collaborative relationships with partners and grantees, the Foundation seeks to inspire and foster large-scale human impact that promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the world by identifying and accelerating breakthrough solutions, ideas and conversations.
 brings the best of Google to help solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges – combining funding, innovation, and technical expertise to support underserved communities and provide opportunity for everyone.

International Development Research Centre






The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funds research in the Global South to promote growth, reduce poverty, and drive large-scale positive change. As part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, we are a Crown corporation that provides leading thinkers the resources, advice, and training they need to implement and share their solutions with those who need them most. In short, IDRC increases opportunities — and makes a real difference in people’s lives.

Associate Funders

Associate funders contribute resources to specific requests for proposals and may also provide technical assistance or other in-kind support. 

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

“FAIR Forward – Artificial Intelligence for All” is a German Development Cooperation initiative striving for a more open, inclusive and sustainable approach to AI on an international level. It is funded by Germany’s national AI strategy, and assists partner countries in building sustainable AI ecosystems, focusing on skills & education, access to AI training data and the development of ethical AI policies. In doing so, FAIR Forward supports the provision of open, non-discriminatory and inclusive training data and open-source AI applications, especially in local languages to empower marginalized groups.