Accountability Lab Selected as a Finalist for the SXSW Eco Startup Showcase

Eco2014Logo_24We’re excited to announce that the Accountability Lab was selected, out of a pool of hundreds of applicants from around the world, as a finalist in the Social Impact: Not-for-profit category of SXSW Eco’s Startup Showcase. The Startup Showcase is a rapid-fire, entrepreneurial pitch competition spotlighting early-stage companies offering the most innovative new solutions to the world’s social and environmental challenges. Read More…

Update on the Situation in Liberia as of August 21, 2014

West Point Health and Sanitation Office; Photo Credit: Joseph Hong)

West Point Health and Sanitation Office; Photo Credit: Joseph Hong

By Francis Egu Lansana and Mitchell Sommers, Accountability Lab Residents in Liberia and Washington DC respectively.

The spread of Ebola continues to undermine stability in Liberia as it faces the most devastating onset of the virus in history. Recently the community of West Point, a neighborhood with which the Lab has worked closely, has become a global flashpoint for the tensions and fear caused by the disease. Read More…

The Cure for Ebola is Accountability

Africa’s Ebola outbreak isn’t just a health care problem. It’s also about a crisis of governance.

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By: Blair Glencorse and Brooks Marmon. This article was originally published by Foreign Policy.

There was a tragic irony to the discussions in Washington last week between President Obama and African leaders. The meeting took place even as the Ebola virus was brutally exposing the lack of capacity, antiquated health systems, and dearth of governance in one corner of the continent. The outbreak is gathering pace. Over 1,000 people have now died in West Africa. Hospitals and health clinics are overflowing and anger is rising as dead bodies are being left to rot in the streets. Read More…

The Accountability Lab and Liberia’s ‘Ebola Chalkboard’

Ebola continues to ravage West Africa.  It has had a severe impact on Liberia- one of the Lab’s focus countries- but although it is affecting the implementation of our work, one of our projects has been at the forefront of international press coverage on the crisis.

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By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect, Liberia.

Ever wondered what the deal is with the chalkboard that media pieces on the Ebola crisis in West Africa are using with great frequency in pieces such as this one by the BBC?

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Adventure Meets Philanthropy in Nepal This Fall

The village of Kagbeni, Upper Mustang, NepalBy: Anne Sophie Lambert, Associate Director

Tucked away between two giant neighbors, India and China, is the enchanting country of Nepal — home of the world’s tallest mountains and the birthplace of the Buddha. But beyond stunning views of the Himalayas, colorful temples and inexpensive cashmere, is a burgeoning and exciting movement for change. Read More…

The Accountability Lab: What is Accountability, Really?

Photo by Morgana Wingard

Photo by Morgana Wingard

By: Roxanne Bauer. This post was originally published on the World Bank’s People, Spaces Deliberation blog.

“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 township of Monrovia, Liberia. “But we really care about corruption” she adds: “and the law- without these our other problems cannot be fixed”. Read More…

The Lab’s Statement on the Ebola Crisis in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea

EbolaThe Accountability Lab has been closely following the escalating Ebola crisis in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.  The Lab has been operating in Liberia for over two years and is gravely concerned that the situation, which has been developing for months, continues to deteriorate.  During this difficult time, the Lab will scale back its activities in Liberia in accordance with recent government directives implemented to stem the spread of the virus. The team is monitoring national and international advisories on the crisis and proceeding accordingly. Read More…

ICTs, Films for Accountability and Network-Building in Dakar

The Lab’s Country Representative for Liberia, Lawrence Yealue, reflects on a recent visit to Dakar, Senegal.

Senegal 1Shortly after I submitted a proposal to OpenSocietic (a joint venture of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and CTIC – Dakar) on behalf of the Accountability Lab, I received an e-mail message requesting that I travel to Senegal for a workshop and the opportunity to pitch the grant in person (we were one of just 11 projects selected from 110 applicants). Read More…

Reflections on a Liberian Summer

In a slightly longer post, our summer resident Joseph reflects on how his MBA training has come in useful while building accountability in Liberia.

A beach view in MonroviaBy: Joseph Hong, Liberia Summer Resident.

I was fortunate enough to spend my summer in Monrovia, Liberia to explore a possible career path in development and governance issues. Building upon my nonprofit sector background, I wanted to apply the skills and lessons learned as an MBA candidate at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School – where business is taught with humanity in mind – to an international setting. So in April, I accepted the offer to serve with the Accountability Lab, a startup social enterprise, to work on business development. Read More…

Justice: A Building Block of Accountability

Francis, our resident in Liberia, explains the progress with our Community Justice Teams in Monrovia.

CJTBy Francis Lansana, Accountability Lab Resident.

The Accountability Lab is an incubator for the world’s most creative accountability ideas. In Liberia, the team works with innovative people and organizations to develop tools- and the communities around them- that can make power-holders more responsible.

Justice is a building block for accountability. It’s also a crucial element of sustainable peace and development.  In an effort to support peace and foster development in Liberia, the Accountability Lab is promoting the use of conflict mediation and resolution with citizens in low-income communities of Monrovia. Read More…