My Four Open Government Takeaways from Tanzania

100_0117By: Francis Lansana, Accountability Lab Resident in Liberia. The blog post was originally published on the Open Government Partnership blog.

This year’s Open Government Partnership regional meeting for Africa was held last month in Dar es Salaam, under the theme “Enhancing Accountability through Open Governance”. The meeting included over 300 participants from across government, the private sector, civil society, academia and more, which brought a significant diversity of perspectives to the meeting. From the Liberian perspective- where we have faced challenges over time but have also made significant progress in building-out a 2nd implementation plan for the OGP- here are my four take-aways from Tanzania: Read More…

From the ground: Accountability Lab’s Nepal earthquake relief efforts

Mobile Helpdesk volunteer assisting Nepali man after the earthquakeBy: Emily Collins, Marketing and Communications Fellow at GlobalGiving. This blog post was originally published on GlobalGiving’s GlobalGoodness blog.

For earthquake relief in Nepal, connection is key. Displaced Nepali citizens found themselves unable to connect with organizations to provide essential needs, like food, water, and medical aid. Accountability Lab is dedicated to making this connection possible. Read More…

Building Business Through Trust in Africa

By Blair Glencorse. Originally published on the GE Ideas Lab Blog.

Blair Glencorse, Founder and Executive Director, The Accountability Lab, USA; Global Agenda Council on Transparency & Anti-Corruption at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 in Cape Town. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek

Blair Glencorse, Founder and Executive Director, The Accountability Lab, USA; Global Agenda Council on Transparency & Anti-Corruption at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 in Cape Town. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek

There is no doubt that Africa’s success deserves to be recognized and celebrated. At the recent World Economic Forum on Africa, much was made of Africa’s clear and well-documented progress. FDI in the continent has more than tripled in the past 15 years for example, while GDP is expected to rise by over 6 percent a year in the next decade. Life expectancy has increased over 10 percent in many countries, while rates of HIV and other diseases have plummeted. Organizations at the forum like the Africa Leadership Academy, the Mara Group and Spring AGE are showing how a new generation is emerging to lead positive economic and social change. Read More…

Top 10 Challenges in Nepal After the Earthquakes

A Kathmandu family at a tent campBy: Ashley Ann Day and Suman Parajuli, Accountability Lab Residents.

The destruction caused by the Nepal earthquakes is staggering: 8,676 dead, 21,952 injured, and almost 500,000 homes destroyed. Millions of people have been affected by these natural disasters, and the trauma is far from over. Displaced citizens living in tents and temporary shelters are facing a host of issues, including corruption and insecurity. Read More…

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…

Impact: So What? Measuring and Learning around Accountability

Measuring Impact in Accountability panel

By: Anne Sophie Ranjbar, Accountability Lab Associate Director.

The Accountability Lab and Feedback Labs recently co-hosted an event at the OpenGov Hub in Washington, DC entitled “Impact: So What?” The idea was to generate an honest conversation around how we are measuring impact in the accountability and transparency space and what we can collectively learn from this process to help us improve. Read More…

Nepal Earthquake: How Can I Help?

This blog post was originally published by The Center for High Impact Philanthropy.

On Saturday, April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, with additional tremors continuing throughout the last three days. Nearly 5,000 are already confirmed dead, with many thousands more injured and/or without adequate food, water, or shelter.  At times like this, the first question for many is, “How can I help?” For those who want to help, here’s what you need to know now.

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