Archive | November 2015

Liberian Students Mobilize to Advance Liberia’s Open Government Partnership Commitments

12191087_911774748876968_6895401897041775346_oBy: Ahmed Konneh, Co-founder of SMART Liberia and a student of the University of Liberia

Students Making a Real Transformation (SMART) Liberia, with funding from the Accountability Lab and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, have worked together over the last two months to implement “Update 8.”

Update 8 is an awareness campaign that encourages public institutions to regularly update their websites with fresh content (a component of the government of Liberia’s Open Government partnership action plan). The goal of this project is to allow the public make informed decisions and monitor the operations of various public institutions. As a student-led institution, SMART Liberia is focusing on the University of Liberia website. Read More…

Updates from the Ground: Liberia, Nepal & Pakistan

Last Friday, we invited our supporters around the world to join a call with Accountability Lab’s three country directors: Lawrence Yealue in Liberia, Fayyaz Yaseen in Pakistan, and Narayan Adhikari in Nepal. They each shared updates on how they’re catalyzing a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders in their respective contexts. Read the short summaries below to learn about the state of accountability in each country and how the Lab is addressing it.

Liberia

Film School Director, Divine-Key Anderson, teaching his class abSince Accountability Lab Liberia was set up in 2012, it has Read More…

Forging New Ground – Jim Tuttle – First Accountability Lab/Newhouse Visual Intern

Jim Tuttle (right) interviews a student of the Liberia Visual Arts Academy.

By: Jim Tuttle, Accountability Lab Visual Intern. This blog post was originally published by the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement.

Earlier this summer I lived in Liberia for about 10 weeks, working as the multimedia resident for a NGO called The Accountability Lab. I’d like to thank AL and the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement at Syracuse University for making this wonderful opportunity available. 

It was an excellent learning experience, and a great chance to push my visual skills and portfolio forward. My projects there included filming a music video in an abandoned Monrovia hotel for a Liberian musician named Amaze, documenting various special events and developing promotional videos for AL’s partners. Read More…

Profiles in Public Integrity: Lawrence Yealue

lawrence_yealue_headshot-250x288This blog post was originally published by Columbia Law School’s Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI).

Lawrence Yealue is the West Africa Representative of Accountability Lab, an incubator for local-level integrity initiatives with an emphasis on generating sustainable development. Based in Monrovia, Liberia, Yealue’s career has centered on community-driven approaches to responsible reform. His previous work includes serving as Electoral Commissioner for the Liberian Student Association-Ghana, National Coordinator for the World Youth Spirit Council, Project Director for the Rotary Club of Wisconsin, and as a volunteer for Africa Peace’s HIV/AIDS Education & Peace Initiative. Yealue also founded and directs the Liberian Youth for Peace & Development community group. Yealue holds a B.A. in Human Resource Management from the Wisconsin International University College in Ghana.

Why did you decide to work on promoting accountability in West Africa? Read More…