Archive | July 2014

ICTs, Films for Accountability and Network-Building in Dakar

The Lab’s Country Representative for Liberia, Lawrence Yealue, reflects on a recent visit to Dakar, Senegal.

Senegal 1Shortly after I submitted a proposal to OpenSocietic (a joint venture of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and CTIC – Dakar) on behalf of the Accountability Lab, I received an e-mail message requesting that I travel to Senegal for a workshop and the opportunity to pitch the grant in person (we were one of just 11 projects selected from 110 applicants). Read More…

Reflections on a Liberian Summer

In a slightly longer post, our summer resident Joseph reflects on how his MBA training has come in useful while building accountability in Liberia.

A beach view in MonroviaBy: Joseph Hong, Liberia Summer Resident.

I was fortunate enough to spend my summer in Monrovia, Liberia to explore a possible career path in development and governance issues. Building upon my nonprofit sector background, I wanted to apply the skills and lessons learned as an MBA candidate at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School – where business is taught with humanity in mind – to an international setting. So in April, I accepted the offer to serve with the Accountability Lab, a startup social enterprise, to work on business development. Read More…

Justice: A Building Block of Accountability

Francis, our resident in Liberia, explains the progress with our Community Justice Teams in Monrovia.

CJTBy Francis Lansana, Accountability Lab Resident.

The Accountability Lab is an incubator for the world’s most creative accountability ideas. In Liberia, the team works with innovative people and organizations to develop tools- and the communities around them- that can make power-holders more responsible.

Justice is a building block for accountability. It’s also a crucial element of sustainable peace and development.  In an effort to support peace and foster development in Liberia, the Accountability Lab is promoting the use of conflict mediation and resolution with citizens in low-income communities of Monrovia. Read More…

A Virtual Social Impact Tour of Monrovia

Social Impact Tour, July 2014By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect.

The Accountability Lab recently convened the sixth Social Impact Tour of Monrovia—in partnership with the Business Start-Up Center (BSC) and Barefoot Liberia.  These tours, held the second Saturday of each month, provide visitors and residents of Monrovia alike with the unique opportunity to engage first-hand with the creative change-makers who are contributing to the national reconstruction of Liberia following 14 years of civil war. This month’s tour highlighted one of BSC’s beneficiaries and three of the Lab’s accountapreneurs: Read More…

Living Democracy

Democracy is about more than just formal institutions. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Democracy is about more than just formal institutions. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

By: Narayan Adhikari, Accountability Lab South Asia Representative and  CIPE-Atlas Corps Think Tank LINKS Fellow. This post was originally published by CIPE.

Living in the U.S. for the past six months has been a thrilling experience for me. I have lived in a social entrepreneurship-themed group house, traveled to different cities, gone hiking at Sky Meadows Park, attended events/conferences, and made countless friends. I also interacted with local Nepalese communities and enjoyed festivals and happy hours. Although living in Washington DC has proven itself quite expensive compared to Kathmandu, I have been able to live within my means as a fellow. DC is a very lively and cultural city, and I appreciate that there is always so much going on. After living here for six months I am amazed by the many things I haven’t yet discovered. Read More…

Accountability: A Key to Nation Building

By: Francis Lansana, Accountability Lab Resident, Liberia.SASA event

In a quest to spread the message of change, transformation, transparency and integrity, the Accountability Lab participated in the 35th anniversary celebration of the Sociology and Anthropology Students Association (SASA) at the University of Liberia last week. The event was marked by a parade and conference that brought together over 300 stakeholders, including members of the University of Liberia administration, SASA department staff and instructors, students and other community members.

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How Open is the Liberian Government?

By Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect.

10399989_637514716344456_4235919866964255726_nMaking information more open and transparent helps governments spend revenues more effectively, improve services and, importantly, build trust with citizens. Recently, the Government of Liberia, led by its Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism (MICAT) convened a forum of key government stakeholders and civil society organizations to assess the progress of Liberia’s National Action Plan under the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a platform in which governments to commit to advancing transparency, accountability, public participation, and innovation. Read More…

Nalibeli: A Wiki for Navigating the Nepali Bureaucracy


By: Anne Sophie Lambert and Surabhi Pudasaini. This post was originally published by Feedback Labs.

Genuine accountability requires feedback loops between power-holders and stakeholders. At the Accountability Lab, we partner with creative accountability change-makers (or “accountapreneurs”) to build innovative tools that enable citizens to close these feedback loops. Read More…

4 Ways to Supercharge Your Social Enterprise Through Accountability

The Daily TalkBy: Blair Glencorse, Accountability Lab Executive Director. This post was originally published by Ashoka on Forbes. Photo by Morgan Wingard.

The social enterprise sector is hot—it may be worth well over $500 billion in the US alone. But if social business is to solve many of the world’s most pressing problems, we have to make sure it has both internal and external accountability systems in place to do so. What does that mean? It means, at its heart, getting the accountability relationships right between the people who make decisions- in governments, businesses, and all other relevant organizations- in order to ensure the outcomes are fair, inclusive, and sustainable. Read More…