Liberian Students Mobilize to Advance Liberia’s Open Government Partnership Commitments

12191087_911774748876968_6895401897041775346_oBy: Ahmed Konneh, Co-founder of SMART Liberia and a student of the University of Liberia

Students Making a Real Transformation (SMART) Liberia, with funding from the Accountability Lab and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, have worked together over the last two months to implement “Update 8.”

Update 8 is an awareness campaign that encourages public institutions to regularly update their websites with fresh content (a component of the government of Liberia’s Open Government partnership action plan). The goal of this project is to allow the public make informed decisions and monitor the operations of various public institutions. As a student-led institution, SMART Liberia is focusing on the University of Liberia website. Read More…

Updates from the Ground: Liberia, Nepal & Pakistan

Last Friday, we invited our supporters around the world to join a call with Accountability Lab’s three country directors: Lawrence Yealue in Liberia, Fayyaz Yaseen in Pakistan, and Narayan Adhikari in Nepal. They each shared updates on how they’re catalyzing a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders in their respective contexts. Read the short summaries below to learn about the state of accountability in each country and how the Lab is addressing it.


Film School Director, Divine-Key Anderson, teaching his class abSince Accountability Lab Liberia was set up in 2012, it has Read More…

Forging New Ground – Jim Tuttle – First Accountability Lab/Newhouse Visual Intern

Jim Tuttle (right) interviews a student of the Liberia Visual Arts Academy.

By: Jim Tuttle, Accountability Lab Visual Intern. This blog post was originally published by the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement.

Earlier this summer I lived in Liberia for about 10 weeks, working as the multimedia resident for a NGO called The Accountability Lab. I’d like to thank AL and the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement at Syracuse University for making this wonderful opportunity available. 

It was an excellent learning experience, and a great chance to push my visual skills and portfolio forward. My projects there included filming a music video in an abandoned Monrovia hotel for a Liberian musician named Amaze, documenting various special events and developing promotional videos for AL’s partners. Read More…

Profiles in Public Integrity: Lawrence Yealue

lawrence_yealue_headshot-250x288This blog post was originally published by Columbia Law School’s Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI).

Lawrence Yealue is the West Africa Representative of Accountability Lab, an incubator for local-level integrity initiatives with an emphasis on generating sustainable development. Based in Monrovia, Liberia, Yealue’s career has centered on community-driven approaches to responsible reform. His previous work includes serving as Electoral Commissioner for the Liberian Student Association-Ghana, National Coordinator for the World Youth Spirit Council, Project Director for the Rotary Club of Wisconsin, and as a volunteer for Africa Peace’s HIV/AIDS Education & Peace Initiative. Yealue also founded and directs the Liberian Youth for Peace & Development community group. Yealue holds a B.A. in Human Resource Management from the Wisconsin International University College in Ghana.

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‘Corruption, Corruption’: Partnering with ‘Amaze’ to Promote Social Change Via Music Video

11423626_814777181951541_860994873891383424_nWith the support of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the Accountability Lab and Amaze are pleased to announce the launch of a collaborative initiative to combat corruption in Liberia through the power of Hip co music. The centerpiece of the initiative, a music video for the track ’Corruption, Corruption’, will be complemented by a discussion on Hip co and accountability, and performances at high schools and universities in Monrovia and Buchanan. Read More…

Nyemade’s latest update on Integrity Idol Liberia!

5Nyemade is our new Accountability Resident in Monrovia- welcome Nyemade! She is helping to run Integrity Idol Liberia, and recently travelled around the country with our team to promote the effort. This is her report back:

“We are excited that Integrity Idol is now taking place in Liberia after huge success in Nepal last year. Integrity Idol Liberia is a national citizens’ campaign to identify and celebrate leaders who exemplify honesty and integrity. This unique effort aims to generate debate around the idea of integrity and to inspire a new generation of Liberians to be effective public servants. Since launching the competition three months ago, Accountability Lab has already received 1,023 nominations and counting from citizens around the country! A team of volunteers led by Accountability Lab Liberia recently made a trip to Bomi and Grand Bassa Counties to help spread the word. Read More…

My experience at the IACC Tech Hub

By: Fayyaz Yaseen, Accountability Lab Pakistan Country Representative. This blog post was originally published by IACC.

In attendance for the Accountability Lab at this year’s International Anti-Corruption Conference, I was struck by the level of innovation present among the attendees. In times gone by, thinking of the word ‘innovation’ conjured images of grey-haired scientists, strenuously working in complex laboratories with huge administrative support. Today we think more about dynamic and colourful visions of youth – and for me, this vision came to life as I sat amongst youth groups in a joint brainstorming session at the IACC. The ability to cross-pollinate ideas to develop and finalize their respective anti-corruption and good governance projects, epitomized this year’s discussions.

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Powerful Citizen Media to Champion Responsible Governments

Accountability Lab, Monrovia, LiberiaBy: Karolle Rabarison. This blog post was originally published by Media RiseInterview produced by Katie Gach.

I recently sat down with Blair Glencorse, Executive Director of Accountability Lab. The Lab “catalyzes a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders around the world.” As part of this year’s Media Rise festival, Blair will lead a workshop on media’s role in promoting civic engagement, happening at the OpenGov Hub on September 29, 2015 (register).

Media Rise: Last year, Accountability Lab was the Media Rise Pitch Night People’s Choice Award. That contributed to the film school in Liberia where students are making films to educate the public on Ebola. How have things gone since then? Read More…

Accountability Lab is a finalist for the Human Rights Tulip & Innovating Justice Challenge: vote today to help us win!

We believe that accountability is at the heart of human rights and justice, and thus we’re excited to announce that we’re in the running for two major awards in those areas.

tulp-met-blauwe-lucht-vierkantThe Human Rights Tulip is an award of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs for courageous human rights defenders who promote and support human rights in innovative ways. Winners receive a prize of €100.000 and support from Hivos in the further development of their work. The Lab is addressing human rights violations by incubating citizens’ innovative ideas for fighting corruption and building accountability in their communities using Read More…

Ebola goes global: The future of development, accountability, and media empowerment in Liberia

germany_nurse001_16x9By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Lab Liberia Program Officer. This blog post was originally published by Brookings.

While the Ebola crisis has exerted a significant human cost in Liberia, the unprecedented attention given to the tiny West African country has been a catalyst of local media empowerment. The extent to which this attention can be leveraged for sustainable media development will be a barometer for the ability of the international community to make good on the Ebola opportunity.

(Ir)responsible media & Ebola awareness

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