Generate breakthrough growth with ‘jugaad’ accountability

Thomas Tweh, a community leader in West Point, Liberia, applies his innovative idea to help resolve legal issues in his neighborhood. Photo by: Morgana Wingard / Accountability Lab

Thomas Tweh, a community leader in West Point, Liberia, applies his innovative idea to help resolve legal issues in his neighborhood. Photo by: Morgana Wingard / Accountability Lab

By: Blair Glencorse. This post was originally published by Devex.

In Liberia, the Daily Talk is a jugaad — or creative, improvised — citizen journalism solution. In a country where newspapers are too expensive and the internet is inaccessible for many, the Accountability Lab is supporting a group of citizen journalists to provide civic education information through chalk billboards at busy intersections in urban areas. The information is relayed in simple Liberian English, pictures and photos so everyone can understand, and it generates debate and discussion among the thousands of passersby every day. Read More…

Quarterly Impact Call Overview: Q3 2014

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How is the Accountability Lab Combating the Ebola crisis?

20140911_153231 (1)By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect.

Since the end of July, Liberia has been gravely impacted by an unprecedented outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease. Over 4,600 people have died in West Africa, the Liberian government has declared a state of emergency (accompanied by a curfew and short-lived quarantine), and elections slated for this October have been delayed. Like almost all organizations in Liberia, the deteriorating situation has impacted our work – several of our projects which rely on functioning schools, sports activities or large public gatherings have been particularly impacted. Read More…

If Not Now, When? Combating Ebola in West Africa

Photo credit: European Commission DG ECHO

Photo credit: European Commission DG ECHO

By: Hugh James, Accountability Lab, London.

The Lab was recently in attendance at a panel discussion on “The West African Ebola Outbreak: Gaps in Governance and Accountability” at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies.

In a week when the President of the World Bank, Jim Kim, stated that the global community has failed miserably” in responding to the Ebola crisis and the WHO appealed for £1billion to further combat the crisis, the talk could not have been more relevant. Read More…

Youth Perceptions of Corruption: Help Overcome the Data Deficit!

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A sign in Zimbabwe indicating that all may not consider illegal pirating as corrupt.

By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect

In many countries across the world, demographics are dominated by an ever rising youth population. In Nepal, for example, roughly 50% of the population is under the age of 24. In Liberia, where the Lab also works, the same percentage is under 15 years old. Governments and researchers have long been concerned by the political and security implications of this ‘youth bulge’. Yet there is little hard data on youth perceptions of the ills in society- like corruption- that might lead to disengagement or violence among this demographic. An important ongoing survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) seeks to fill this gap by assessing corruption perceptions among millennials around the world.  Read More…

Ebola Outbreak: How Can I Help? An Update & Focus on Liberia

Source: BBC News.

As the devastating Ebola crisis continues, we are increasingly being asked by various organizations and individuals what they can do to help in Liberia. Thus, we have teamed up with The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania to provide a brief update on the crisis, suggest criteria for selecting organizations to support, and share specific opportunities for you to help. Read More…

Amid Ebola crisis, 1 Liberian youth art program thrive

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Students of the Liberia Visual Arts Academy following completion of an Accountability Arts Class pose in front of their classroom. LIVArts Director Leslie Lumeh at far left in orange shirt.

By: Blair Glencorse. This blog post was originally published by ONE.

The Ebola outbreak is currently making group gatherings very difficult in Liberia.

However, through the Accountability Lab, one thing we’ve learned is that it is never too soon to start helping children understand the importance of transparency, accountability and personal responsibility. Read More…

Film and Media as a Tool for Social Change

@mx_850@my_500 (1)By: Blair Glencorse. This was originally posted by the UN Foundation, as part of their CHANGEMAKERS series, highlighting creative minds, businesses and entrepreneurs solving everyday issues around poverty, hunger, disease and inequality.

“We need clean water, education and medicines- all of these things” points out Bendu as we talk to her one oppressively hot day in West Point, a crowded township of Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city. Her four children, semi-clothed in dirty rags, play next to a sewer nearby. “But we really care about corruption” she adds: “and the law- without these our other problems cannot be fixed”. Read More…

The Changing Meaning of Democracy in Pakistan

protests image PakistanBy: Fayyaz  Yaseen, Accountability Ambassador to Pakistan.

Pakistan is a country in transition. It is a nation of 180 million people that—through consistent political education by print, electronic, and social media—is reconfiguring and revising its conception of democracy and accountability. And this movement for change seems to be happening in fast-forward mode. In the past month and a half alone, Pakistan has observed: two massive, 40-day long (and still counting) sit-ins in front of its National Assembly, demanding for electoral transparency; two heavy-weight politicians booed out of an airplane by the passengers for keeping the flight waiting; huge public rallies, with no clear leader, demanding electoral transparency and reforms in the police and revenue departments; and hyperactive political debates and discussions on social media demanding an end to the status quo. Read More…

The Ingredients for High-Impact Philanthropy: Lessons for Non-Profits

Impact Report CoverBy: Blair Glencorse, Accountability Lab Founder and Executive Director.

Put ten philanthropists, foundation staffers and non-profit leaders in a room; add two days of hands-on learning; and throw in brainstorming sessions and Jeffersonian dinners- and what do you get? The Summer Intensive Workshop for Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy, held on the University of Pennsylvania’s beautiful campus in August. Read More…