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

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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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Three Reasons Why SXSW is All About Social Good

Blair and Nora at SXSWBy: Blair Glencorse, Executive Director, and Nora Rahimian, Arts for Change Strategist at Accountability Lab. This blog post was originally published by Social Good Summit Austin.

From events on storytelling to fashion blogging, SXSW has certainly come a long way since its humble beginnings as a local music festival in 1987. At the first SXSW there were just a few bands playing in a downtown parking lot to a group of Austin music lovers; this year the festival included the likes of Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, and Ryan Gosling, with thousands of attendees from all over the world. The mix is so eclectic that after several days, listening to a micro-biologist discuss social media trends with a skateboarding champion or the sight of people in giant squirrel costumes reading novels on a park bench seem almost mundane. Read More…

When reliable information is gold: Demanding the truth during the Ebola epidemic

Alfred Sirleaf, citizen journalist and founder of The Daily Talk, gives comment on current events in Liberia – including the deadly Ebola outbreak – via a blackboard newspaper on a busy intersection in Monrovia, Liberia in July 2014. AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh

By: Jennifer Lentfer. This blog post was originally published by Oxfam America, and is part of an Oxfam series that highlights local leaders who are standing up for accountability, making demands of their government, and getting results in the fight against injustice. 

Two advocates in Liberia and Sierra Leone demonstrate that good governance must come from within.

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How I became Nepal’s first-ever ‘Integrity Idol’

District Education Officer Gyan Mani Nepal (right) used innovative means to ensure that teachers in his district were doing their jobs. Because of his efforts, he received Nepal’s first Integrity Idol Award in January. Photo courtesy of Integrity Idol Nepal.

District Education Officer Gyan Mani Nepal (right) used innovative means to ensure that teachers in his district were doing their jobs. Because of his efforts, he received Nepal’s first Integrity Idol Award in January. Photo courtesy of Integrity Idol Nepal.

By: Gyan Mani Nepal, Nepal’s 2014 Integrity Idol. This blog post was originally published by Oxfam America, and is part of an Oxfam series that highlights local leaders who are standing up for accountability, making demands of their government, and getting results in the fight against injustice. 

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An Online Discussion on Social Good + Innovation

#CULTUREFIX_SOCIALGOODThis afternoon from 3-4PM EST, we’re pleased to be co-hosting a Twitter discussion on “Social Good + Innovation”, with #CultureFix and +SocialGood. #CultureFix is a global collaborative network of cultural producers, change-makers, and creatives who use culture and the arts to create social change in communities around the world. Read More…