Archive | September 2015

Powerful Citizen Media to Champion Responsible Governments

Accountability Lab, Monrovia, LiberiaBy: Karolle Rabarison. This blog post was originally published by Media RiseInterview produced by Katie Gach.

I recently sat down with Blair Glencorse, Executive Director of Accountability Lab. The Lab “catalyzes a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders around the world.” As part of this year’s Media Rise festival, Blair will lead a workshop on media’s role in promoting civic engagement, happening at the OpenGov Hub on September 29, 2015 (register).

Media Rise: Last year, Accountability Lab was the Media Rise Pitch Night People’s Choice Award. That contributed to the film school in Liberia where students are making films to educate the public on Ebola. How have things gone since then? Read More…

Accountability Lab is a finalist for the Human Rights Tulip & Innovating Justice Challenge: vote today to help us win!

We believe that accountability is at the heart of human rights and justice, and thus we’re excited to announce that we’re in the running for two major awards in those areas.

tulp-met-blauwe-lucht-vierkantThe Human Rights Tulip is an award of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs for courageous human rights defenders who promote and support human rights in innovative ways. Winners receive a prize of €100.000 and support from Hivos in the further development of their work. The Lab is addressing human rights violations by incubating citizens’ innovative ideas for fighting corruption and building accountability in their communities using Read More…

Ebola goes global: The future of development, accountability, and media empowerment in Liberia

germany_nurse001_16x9By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Lab Liberia Program Officer. This blog post was originally published by Brookings.

While the Ebola crisis has exerted a significant human cost in Liberia, the unprecedented attention given to the tiny West African country has been a catalyst of local media empowerment. The extent to which this attention can be leveraged for sustainable media development will be a barometer for the ability of the international community to make good on the Ebola opportunity.

(Ir)responsible media & Ebola awareness

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What happens when you get 1,200 anti-corruption activists in a room?

 iaccBy: Blair Glencorse, Executive Director

There was plenty of irony in the fact that Transparency International’s (TI) flagship meeting- the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC)- took place in Malaysia last week during the largest ever protests against corruption in the country’s history. The Prime Minister perhaps sensibly stayed away from the meeting in the end, but Jose Ugaz, the President of TI, certainly wasn’t going to let him get away that easily, asking publicly in the opening session: “Who paid the money and why? Where did it go?” Read More…