Archive | May 2015

The Faces of Liberia Film Institute

Divine Key Anderson (left) teaches a class about the use of a green screen in film making at the Liberia Film Institute on May 6, 2015. (Photo by Jim Tuttle / Accountability Lab)

Divine Key Anderson (left) teaches a class about the use of a green screen in film making at the Liberia Film Institute on May 6, 2015. (Photo by Jim Tuttle / Accountability Lab)

By: Jim Tuttle, Accountability Lab Liberia Multi-media Intern

Liberia Film Institute’s latest class of filmmakers recently completed a series of short documentaries and dramas dealing with their country’s unprecedented Ebola outbreak. They have been screening their films in communities around the country, and a large film festival in Monrovia is being planned for late June. Here’s a look at some of the student filmmakers behind the project.

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The Predictable Disaster in Nepal


Photo credit: Accountability Lab, Nepal

The people of Nepal have known for a long time that a big earthquake was coming, and it finally arrived last week. Villages have been wiped out, thousands are dead or missing, and swaths of cultural heritage have been lost. Even now it is unclear what the situation is like in remote parts of districts that have been cut off from help by collapsed infrastructure and landslides. The incredible goodwill from around the world is encouraging, but in a country that has known its fair share of trauma in recent times, these physical and psychological wounds will take a long time to heal. Read More…

5 Things we Learned at the Global Innovation Competition 2015

By: Narayan Adhikari, South Asia Representative, and Fayyaz Yaseen, Pakistan Ambassador, for the Accountability Lab. Last month, Narayan and Fayyaz took part in the finals of the Global Innovation Competition (GIC) 2015. In this blog, originally published by Making All Voices Count, they reflect on the GIC process, the people they met, and the lessons learned. 

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Innovative Capacity Building to Catalyze Transformative Change: Why Buzzwords Confuse More Than They Clarify!

buzzword cartoon                                                    By: Brittany Ashenfelter, Accountability Lab Resident

Innovation. Capacity building. Catalytic. Strategic _______ (fill in the blank).  Sustainable.

Buzzwords. They aren’t a new phenomenon, but they are becoming more and more the anchor of our conversations. Well before Leslie Kwoh’s famous article “You Call That Innovation?” we’ve known about the scale and misuse of these kinds of words. Their abuse is particularly egregious in the development sector. Read More…