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What does Open Government have to do with the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

IMG_20151026_110613 (1)By: Blair Glencorse. This blog post was originally published by the Open Government Partnership.

The world’s business VIPs are meeting in Davos this week for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF), where the theme is the fourth industrial revolution– think 3D printing, bio-technology and mind-reading machines. Klaus Schwab, the head of the WEF, argues in a new book that this revolution is faster, more complex and more innovative than ever before. It is transforming the way that states, businesses and societies interact. It relates in one way or another to all of the key global challenges that the WEF has identified as critical over the coming years- and as such heralds huge possibilities as well as dangers. So what does it all mean for business and the open government agenda? A few things: Read More…

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…

Update on the Situation in Liberia as of August 21, 2014

West Point Health and Sanitation Office; Photo Credit: Joseph Hong)

West Point Health and Sanitation Office; Photo Credit: Joseph Hong

By: Francis Egu Lansana and Mitchell Sommers, Accountability Lab Residents in Liberia and Washington DC respectively.

The spread of Ebola continues to undermine stability in Liberia as it faces the most devastating onset of the virus in history. Recently the community of West Point, a neighborhood with which the Lab has worked closely, has become a global flashpoint for the tensions and fear caused by the disease. Read More…

Liberia: A Journalist, a Blackboard, Some Chalk and Open Government.

002 (6)By Julio Urdenata, Global Integrity. This is the second entry in the “No Hash Tag blog series: Low-Tech Approaches to Open Government and Transparency” and was originally published on the Global Integrity blog.

He is widely read and respected; yet he does not work for any media company. Read More…

Accountability of Higher Education in Nepal- Council on Foreign Relations

Political slogans ahead of student elections at Tribhuvan University

Political slogans ahead of student elections at Tribhuvan University

This post was originally published by the Council on Foreign Relations. The post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) framework is currently being negotiated among governments and civil society participants around the world. Unlike the previous goals, which emphasized universal primary education as a key aim, it is essential that any successor targets ensure a concomitant focus on tertiary education. Read More…

The Lab welcomes Lawrence Yealue as Country Representative for Liberia!

001 (4)The Accountability Lab is very excited to have Lawrence Yealue on the team as Country Representative for Liberia. Lawrence will lead the accountability work from Monrovia- including the Liberia Accountapreneurship Fund, the Accountability Change Agency and the @ccountability Initiative Read More…

Rectifying Guinea Bissau’s Image Problem

The Streets of Bissau

The Streets of Bissau

Originally published by Forbes.

In the international press the small West African country of Guinea Bissau is variously described as most, if not all of the following: a narco-state (with as many as 30 tons of drugs passing through the country every year); coup-plagued (with at least four military coups since 1998 and six political assassinations in the past 3 years); conflict-ridden (at war for more than half of its’ modern history); and poverty-stricken (with over half the population living in poverty). Read More…

The Victims of Corruption

By Anne-Sophie Lambert, Accountability Lab Resident.

004 (3)Last week at the OpenGovHub– the Accountability Lab’s home- we listened to two heavyweights in the fight against corruption: Frank Vogl, Co-founder of both Transparency International and The Partnership for Transparency Fund; and Ronald MacLean-Abaroa, who pioneered bold and effective anti-corruption reforms as mayor of La Paz, Bolivia. Read More…

Useful Versus Useless Transparency

By Anne-Sophie Lambert, Accountability Lab Resident

IndonesiaTransparency has frequently been cited as a cure to corruption. Freedom of information has been declared a universal human right, with over 70 countries adopting it as such to date.

However, as Albert Einstein once said, “Not everything that counts can be measured and not everything that can be measured counts.” Read More…

Failure, Innovation, Communities and Technology- the Accountability Agenda

IndonesiaProtesters calling for greater accountability of Malaysia’s government march on the centre of the capital Kuala Lumpur, April 29, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Chong

This post was originally posted on the Trustlaw Governance website here

By Luke Balleny

LONDON (TrustLaw) – Holding decision-makers to account is hard work and embracing failure is a key step for those trying to bring about greater accountability in the developing world to understand what works, Blair Glencorse, founder and executive director of Accountability Lab says. Read More…