“I have to do what has to be done”: Leslie Lumeh and the Fight for Liberia’s Cultural Heritage

11401527_810450219050904_5758069163864404883_nBy: Brooks Marmon and Jim Tuttle, Accountability Lab in Monrovia, Liberia. This blog post was originally published as an article in Images Magazine, Edition 16.

A Leslie Lumeh has been proclaimed “Liberia’s most celebrated artist” by CNN. A product of Booker Washington Institute, the visual artist has received accolades from wide and afar, with his works presented at exhibitions in Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, South Africa, and the United States. His services are widely in demand by Liberia’s international partners, such as the UNICEF, the US Embassy, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Read More…

Validating Liberia’s Open Government Partnership National Action Plan

1280px-Flag_of_Liberia.svgBy: Meghan Schneider, Accountability Lab Liberia Summer Design Resident. This blog post was originally published by Open Government Partnership.

On June 12, 2015 the Republic of Liberia convened a Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum to Validate the Open Government Partnership Action Plan at the Ministry of Information (MICAT). Participants included members of the OGP Steering Committee who came from various counties, as well as representatives from various civil society organizations and government ministries. The Honorable Andrew G. Temeh, Deputy Minister of Administration at MICAT and the OGP Focal Person, gave an overview of the OGP’s 2015-2016 Action Plan. After the overview, Read More…

Building the Next Generation of Responsible Athletes in Liberia

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By: Sam Burnette III, who hails from a family of prominent Liberian footballers and is the Founder and CEO of the Liberia Football Foundation. This blog post was originally published by the Huffington Post.

Building the Next Generation of Responsible Athletes in Liberia

The concept of Sports for Development (S4D) is gaining prominence across the world, especially in developing countries. When properly implemented, these types of programs are very effective at creating social change and supporting development- especially of children. Read More…

Introducing Accountability Lab’s Summer Interns!

Accountability Lab is excited to welcome six talented interns to our teams in Liberia, Nepal and the US this summer! We are proud of the mission-driven actions plans, creative content and daily support these interns have contributed to the Lab. Because it can be challenging to visualize what accountability means in action, we’ve asked each of them to share what accountability means to them and how they apply it to their professional and personal lives. Take a moment to read through their comments and be inspired.

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“One of the first things that really drew me to the Lab was how our model strives to inspire accountability as opposed to simply imposing it. Read More…

How to Design a Battle Plan for Your Next Transparency Fight

open-gov-guideGuest blog by: Tania Sanchez, Open Government Guide Coordinator at Transparency and Accountability Initiative, taniola@gmail.com.

Are you struggling to make government and public institutions in your country more transparent and accountable to citizens?

If so, here’s a chance to improve your battle plan and tool up for the fight ahead.

The Transparency and Accountability Initiative is constantly updating and expanding the Open Government Guide. Currently covering 22 different transparency-related topics, Read More…

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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