Archive | May 2014

A Peek into the Future of Giving- to Support Community Justice in Liberia

Credit: Morgana Wingard

Credit: Morgana Wingard

Starting today, working in partnership with tinyGive, a first-of-its-kind micro-philanthropy platform, we’re excited to launch a $2,000 crowd-funding campaign to support the growth of our Community Justice Teams (CJTs) program. Read More…

We’ve opened an OpenGov Hub in Nepal!

ImageThis post was originally published by the OpenGov Hub.

This week, the OpenGov Hub model has expanded to its first international location—in Kathmandu, Nepal. As the first transparency- and accountability-themed co-working space in South Asia, OpenGov Hub Nepal is bringing together representatives of organizations working in the open data, transparency and accountability field, to build a cohesive community for open government in Nepal—a young democracy that is struggling to establish good governance. The Hub’s founding members are: Accountability Lab, Development GatewayKathmandu Living LabsLocal Interventions Group, and Open Nepal.     Read More…

Social Accountability: What Does the Evidence Really Say?

Useful piece to read on social accountability- tactical and strategic approaches- ahead of the GPSA this week! Thanks to Global Integrity for passing on!


So what does the evidence about citizen engagement say? Particularly in the development world it is common to say that the evidence is “mixed”. It is the type of answer that, even if correct in extremely general terms, does not really help those who are actually designing and implementing citizen engagement reforms.

This is why a new (GPSA-funded) work by Jonathan Fox, “Social Accountability: What does the Evidence Really Say” is a welcome contribution for those working with open government in general and citizen engagement in particular. Rather than a paper, this work is intended as a presentation that summarizes (and disentangles) some of the issues related to citizen engagement.

Before briefly discussing it, some definitional clarification. I am equating “social accountability” with the idea of citizen engagement given Jonathan’s very definition of  social accountability:

“Social accountability strategies try to improve public sector performance by bolstering both citizen…

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Brooks joins the team in Monrovia as an “Accountability Architect”!

headshotThe Lab is excited to announce that Brooks Marmon has joined the team as an Accountability Architect in Liberia! Brooks is passionate about accountability and transparency issues, and the transformative power of education and cultural exchange. Read More…