Archive | July 2013

The Open Government Partnership and “Knowmore LIB”

Daily talk - crowdBy Gennie Allcott, Accountability Lab Summer Resident

This month, the Open Gov Hub, home of the Accountability Lab and 15 other organizations working on the open government agenda, held an information session on the activities of the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

The OGP is a global initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen government accountability. Read More…

Tech for Transparency: Governance of the Kenyan Water Sector

ImageBy: Albert Otieno, iHub Research

iHub Research is the research arm of an innovative, open working space for the technology community in Nairobi, similar in many ways to the Lab’s home- the OpenGov Hub– in Washington DC. Since September 2011, iHub Research has been evaluating how mobile technology can be used to improve governance in Kenya by enhancing transparency through access to information and effective communication among various stakeholders. The project focuses in particular on the water sector, with an aim of creating a replicable framework in other sectors such as education and health. Read More…

The Lab wins a Grant from the Royal Society of the Arts

RSA LogoThe Accountability Lab is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) through the US Fellows’ Challenge Fund. This grant will provide project support for Mai Dalal, an innovative open-source tool to help Nepalis navigate universities and colleges. Read More…

MPs not VIPs: US$55M on Cars but Liberians Live Under Poverty Line

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By Yasmin Anis, Accountability Lab Summer Resident. This post was originally published by FrontPage Africa.

Every day as I ride along on my penh-penhs (motorbike taxis)- what I consider to be Liberia’s premier mode of transportation, I inevitably see one or two huge black SUVs with tinted windows pass by. I look over, trying to determine which VIP is inside. No doubt they are staring back at me with the same curiosity, wondering who this foreign girl is riding around Monrovia carelessly on the back of motorcycles, (although I value my life as much as the next person – pehn-pehn safety will need to be an entirely different blog post). Read More…