Archive | December 2014

2014 in Review and What to Look out for in 2015!

It’s been an exciting year for the Accountability Lab, from launching Integrity Idol in Nepal to playing a key role in addressing Liberia’s Ebola crisis to setting up an OpenGov Hub in Nepal. In addition, we consolidated our management and oversight structures, including a reorganized board and public quarterly impact calls (learn more here, and stay tuned for the next call on January 5th). We received great recognition of our work, including the World Technology Award, Echoing Green Fellowship, Social Media for Empowerment Award, Ivy Film Award, HiiL Innovating Justice Awards Popular Vote, BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award, and more. Read More…

Integrity Idol 2014: Voting for the Most Honest Officials in Nepal

Integrity IdolBy: Narayan Adhikari, South Asia Representative

Ironically, the government of Nepal did not recognize its top civil servants as part of Civil Service Day this year, because the evaluation mechanism itself was deemed dysfunctional. The Chief Secretary of the country not only pointed to the need to improve the public system but also urged civil society and citizens to celebrate honest government officials themselves. This is no small feat, as the public sector in Nepal is highly politicized, corruption is rampant and trust is generally low. Bureaucrats with integrity are often shunned, largely under-appreciated and rarely recognized.   Read More…

Highlights from the Fall 2014 Social Impact Tour in Nepal

Cool photosBy: Narayan Adhikari, South Asia Representative

This September, Accountability Lab hosted its first Social Impact Tour here in Kathmandu. A group of international participants from Turkey, Chile, and the US spent an exciting and informative week meeting with Accountability Lab’s “Accountapreneurs” and other partners and friends who are working to build a more accountable society. The tour participants not only raised several thousand dollars to help fund important social initiatives in Nepal, but were also able to offer ideas and insights based on their combined expertise in business, law, and education. In turn, they also learned a great deal about grassroots social change throughout the course of the week, and were impressed with the initiative, creativity, and resourcefulness of the Lab’s various partners. Read More…

#GivingTuesday and “Being the Change We Want To See” in Nepal

IMG_1969By: Anita Thapa

Just $10 per student can create a new generation of responsible leaders in South Asia. Support Civic Schools here.

Fourteen year-old Subash Chaulagain from Shree Bal Byabasahi Secondary School in Kathmandu, Nepal was hesitant when ‘Civic Schools’, a Sambhawana and Accountability Lab initiative, was introduced to his school. He expected it would be just another program with long lectures and memorization of information. However, as he became immersed in leadership building exercises, role play, field trips to government offices, and documentary screenings, he found Civic Schools to be something entirely different. Subash is now leading a group of seven students in a “Right to Equality” school project as well as efforts to revitalize an existing youth club. Read More…