Accountability Lab wins the Grand Challenge for Development

We partnered up with the Engine Room for a project that will look at ICT tools for accountability in Liberia, which has won a competitive grant from Making All Voices Count. We were selected from a total of 544 proposals to be one of 28 cutting-edge solutions. Read more about the award and the project below- and published on the MAVC website! Read More…

Accountability Lab selected for the Points of Light Civic Accelerator

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POINTS OF LIGHT’S CIVIC ACCELERATOR LAUNCHES ITS SPRING 2014 CLASS – INVESTS IN 14 STARTUPS THAT PUT PEOPLE AT CENTER OF CHANGE

With Founding Support From PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Starbucks Foundation, and Added Support from Blackstone Charitable Foundation, SAP and Official Hotel Sponsor Hilton Worldwide

ATLANTA, April 8, 2014 – The Points of Light’s Civic Accelerator – the first national startup accelerator dedicated solely to investing in civic ventures – announced today the 14 startups selected to participate in its spring 2014 program. This will be the fourth round of the Civic Accelerator since its founding in 2012. The ventures participating in the Civic Accelerator, which include for-profits, nonprofits and hybrids, all mobilize people to create positive change and come from across the United States.

The 14 ventures will gather in Seattle on April 22 for the start of an intensive, 12-week startup boot camp that includes mentoring, entrepreneur education, peer support and networking. Points of Light will offer two of the most promising ventures – as selected by the entrepreneurs themselves – a $50,000 investment following the conclusion of the program at a June Demo Day in Atlanta. Read More…

Collaborative Impact Through the RSA Fellowship

2013impactReportBy: Blair Glencorse. This post was originally published by RSA United States.

I arrived breathlessly and slightly late to an RSA Fellows social Entrepreneurs Network breakfast at RSA House last summer. My tardiness was caused in part by a sleepless night thinking about- of all things- impact measurement. I had been struggling for weeks with how I could best measure the effectiveness of the work I had begun through my organization the Accountability Lab. Read More…

TALEARNing in Jakarta

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Last week in Jakarta, the Transparency and Accountability Initiative brought together donors, researchers, INGOs, and CSOs from all over the world to discuss the key questions and challenges in our shared field of transparency and accountability (T/A). As a small organization striving to break tradition in this complex field, we attended the TALEARN conference to learn from others’ experience, share our ideas, and find useful ways to collaborate.

Here are my top five take-aways: Read More…

British Ambassador Visits BSC Monrovia & Accountability Lab

ImageBy: Melany Oey. This post was originally published by Spark.

On March 5, 2014, the British Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia, Mr. Fergus John Cochrane-Dyet, stopped by the BSC Monrovia office to see the Accountability Film School for Girls that he has heard so much about. The current film school aims to empower girls to find their voice, tell their story and address accountability issues that women face in Liberia. Read More…

Winners of the 2014 Honesty Oscars

04GL-BLOG-GRAPHIC-1By: Malaka Gharib. This post was originally published by ONE.

When we met Blair Glencorse, executive director at Accountability Lab, we knew we had to collaborate. Like ONE, he and his organisation think outside the box when it comes to fighting corruption – them with their Hip Co Festival and Accountability Film School, and us with ourStash the Cash spoof website.

We didn’t know we’d end up creating, just a few weeks later, our own version of the Oscars, the Honesty OscarsWe wanted to use the momentum before the Academy Awards to put the spotlight not on Hollywood, but on the creative campaigning work of NGOs and passionate individuals who fight global corruption. Read More…

Thinking through unorthodox ideas for governance change in difficult contexts

 Accountability Lab/Morgana WingardBy: Tina George Karippacheril and Blair Glencorse. This post was originally published on the World Bank’s Governance for Development blog.

Some 1.5 billion people live in fragile states, “a group of countries at the bottom that are falling behind, and often falling apart” (The Bottom Billion, Collier, 2007). These states are marked by repeated cycles of violence, and weak institutional capacity and an inability to deliver basic services to their citizens. Read More…

Hijacking the Oscars to Celebrate Social Change

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By: Blair Glencorse. This post was originally published by Huff Post Impact.

In the Wolf on Wall Street, Leonardo di Caprio plays a corrupt New York stockbroker who runs a giant securities fraud scam on Wall Street in the 1990s. It is a controversial and brilliant movie — and has been deservedly nominated for several Oscars this weekend. One reason we watch movies like this is that they take us away — for a few hours — from our daily realities. Unfortunately, for billions of people, the struggles of real life cannot be forgotten so easily. Large-scale corruption — of the sort di Caprio dramatizes so brilliantly in the Wolf of Wall Street – is one of them. Read More…

We’re Hijacking the Oscars. Join us?

Honesty Oscars This post was originally on the ONE blog.

The upcoming Academy Awards is a time to celebrate the best films, actors and behind-the-scenes players in Hollywood – so why not do the same for the incredible videos, infographics and songs that help fight global corruption through creativity and innovation? Read More…

Accountability Lab Impact in 2013

We recently conducted an impact survey of our partners, donors, peers and the beneficiaries of the Lab’s work in 2013- our first full year of operations. Have a look at the fun infographic below that outlines some of the key results! We’re making progress!

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