Archive | January 2014

Accountability Innovations We Love- No. 7 to 17

MUMF WorkBy Blair Glencorse. In mid-January, the Lab was lucky enough to be in Mumbai for a conference hosted by various programs at Stanford University and the University of Mumbai. The discussions brought together over 100 social activists, change-makers, donors, thinkers and ICT-experts for two days of discussions about the ideas and tools that can improve governance through the use of technology. Read More…

‘Reel’ Stories: Film as a tool for social change

This post was originally published by ONE, as the second post in a series on the Accountability Lab’s innovative approach to fighting corruption through creativity. 

“We are going to help you make a short film about an accountability issue in your community” explains Divine Anderson to a group of 20 girls from low-income neighborhoods of Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia.

The girls are students in a four-week Accountability Film School set up last year by the Accountability Lab – an organization that designs creative tools to fight corruption and build integrity in the developing world.

“We don’t need to be politicians to push for the kind of country we want; our films can create change” adds Divine, the film school director. Read More…

From Dhangadhi to Davos- the Post 2015 Development Agenda from the Bottom-Up

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By: Blair Glencorse. This post was originally published by Global Policy.
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This week, the world’s elites will descend on Davos for the annual World Economic Forum. Leaders from across business, politics and international organizations will spend three days listening to panels, devouring buffets and shaking hands. New ideas will develop, connections will be made and, subsequently, policies will change. This year, the post 2015 development agenda is high on the list of topics to be discussed. While conferences like Davos are absolutely essential to make sure decision-makers get development right in the future- it is also imperative that these meetings are informed by the mistakes of the past and ground realities of the present.

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Building on the Open Government Partnership in Liberia in 2014: Knowmore LIB

ImageBy: Lawrence Yealue and Carter Draper. This post was originally published by the Open Government Partnership.

As Liberia welcomes 2014, it is an opportune moment to look back at the impressive progress Liberia made in terms of open government in 2013. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit in London in October last year was an important step forward in the broader West African movement for openness, transparency and accountability. Sierra Leone applied for membership, for example; and Liberia sent a high-level government and civil society delegation to the meetings. Ideas were formed, hands were shaken and commitments were made- but the key going forwards, of course, is to maintain this momentum through progress on the ground. Read More…

Liberia: Battle Hymns

This article about the Accountability Lab’s Hip Co Accountability Network was originally published by The Economist.

ImageJan 13th 2014, by G.P. | ABUJA

GIRLS in tight skirts and bright tops hold bottles of beer as they weave their way down the sandy lane towards Bernard’s beach in Monrovia. A throng of young Liberians gather at one of the year’s biggest parties and most revellers are celebrating the growing popularity of Hip Co, a musical movement in the long-troubled West African country. Read More…

Accountability in Liberia: How the music industry is creating change

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Hip Co artists performing at the 2013 Hip Co Festival in Liberia. Photo: Morgana Wingward

By: Blair Glencorse, Accountability Lab Executive Director, and Nora Rahimian, Hip Co organizer. This post was originally published by ONE.

        “If we don’t speak up against the ills in society, who will?” asks Takun J, Liberia’s Hip Co King, in front of thousands of screaming fans at a concert in Monrovia. He then launches into “Police Man” a song about police corruption, which several years ago had the artist arrested and beaten by the authorities. Read More…

Reconceptualizing Accountability in the Developing World through “Accountapreneurship”

January 8, 2014
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Room MC-C 1-200
MC Building
1818 H Street NW, Washington DC
A light lunch will be served. 
Watch the Webcast!
Recording will be made available after the event.

Visitors
Please RSVP with name and organization to gpsa@worldbank.org, in order to obtain a visitor’s pass

Chair
Roby Senderowitsch
Program Manager,
Global Partnership for Social Accountability
Presenter
Blair Glencorse
Executive Director,
The Accountability Lab
Discussant 
Raymond Muhula
Public Sector Specialist,
World Bank Liberia Office
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A lack of accountability between power-holders and citizens weakens trust, undermines opportunity and perpetuates inequalities. It is often the root cause of development challenges, such as poverty, exclusion and violence. Read More…