Archive | February 2015

Community mediation in Liberia: Ebola, child welfare and building trust

By: John Kamma, Executive Director of the Citizens Bureau and Accountability Lab Accountapreneur. The blog post was originally published by the Innovating Justice Forum.

In late July last year, my organization, the Citizens Bureau for Development and Productivity (Citizens Bureau) formally launched a community mediation program in Logan Town, Monrovia. With technical support from the Accountability Lab (a local NGO) and seed-funding from Trust Africa (a pan-African grantmaker) we had very high hopes. Packed in a hot, unlighted church for the launch event were civil society representatives, government officials, and personnel of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

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The Politics Of The Common Man In India

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By: Blair Glencorse, Accountability Lab’s Executive Director, and Dipanwita Das, the Accountability Lab‘s Ambassador in India and Founder and Director of Das Social Strategies.

On the 26th of January 2015, we lost the Common Man. R K Laxman, who, for decades, had provided us with a satirical take on the Indian democratic process. He took with him the ubiquitous ‘common man’, the witness to the growth of democracy in India and often one of the few mediums through which we, the citizens, felt like part of the political process. Within weeks of this devastating loss, the party of the common man or ‘Aam Aadmi Party’ (AAP) came to power in Delhi. Suddenly, the aam aadmi was no longer a picture on paper but a real, active participant in Indian politics. The aam aadmi showed s/he could now shape democracy. As evidenced by Roy R Thomas’s tribute to Laxman, “the change” had begun. Read More…

And the Honesty Oscars go to….

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By: Emily Walker. This blog post was originally published by ONE. Every day in the week leading up to the Academy Awards, February 17th to 21st, ONE and Accountability Lab unveiled a category for our Honesty Oscars 2015, an award that honors not Hollywood films, but the creative work of activists and organizations that fight global corruption. People all over the world voted for their favorites and here are the winners! Read More…

My journey on the tortuous Ebola trail

Brooks Marmon DMBy: Brooks Marmon, Acountability Architect. This blog post was originally published by Daily Maverick.

It’s not easy to assess the degree to which Ebola has impacted on daily – or nightly – life in Liberia, as a person who was stranded, hands tied, outside the country during the outbreak. One thing is clear, however: waiting for an emergency is an unhelpful strategy of crisis prevention.

In early August 2014, I left Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, which was quickly descending into Ebola-induced chaos. Read More…

2015 Honesty Oscars kick-off

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The upcoming Academy Awards (on Sunday, February 22nd) is a time to gather around the television and celebrate the cinematic achievements of the year. We figured it was about time we did the same for the inspiring activists, videos, infographics, technology and songs that are helping to fight global corruption. Read More…