Archive | July 2012

Accountability Innovations We Love, No.2: Holding Decision-Makers to Account Online

Ever wished you could more easily find out and verify details about elected representatives and their policy positions? A number of websites have popped up over the past few years to try and collate information on public officials, monitor the behavior of power-holders and provide online mediums through which decision-makers can interact with citizens. Read More…

Integrity, Goulash and Hot Baths

Last week I attended the Tiri Leadership and Management for Integrity course at Central European University in Budapest. Through a series of plenary sessions, discussions with guest speakers, and policy labs, we were exposed to a wide range of thinking on aspects of integrity, accountability and transparency. The course was truly global- participants came from all over the world- from Ghana to Georgia, Kenya to the Kyrgyz Republic, and Palestine to the Philippines. Read More…

Accountability Innovations We Love, No.1: The Punjab Program for Proactive Governance

On an accountability scoping trip to Pakistan recently, we were able to find out more about the excellent Punjab Program for Proactive Governance. This program, designed, funded and implemented by the Government of Punjab in 2010, proactively seeks feedback from citizens on their experiences using public services, through the use of SMS messages and a phone call-back system. Read More…

Making Lemons into Lemonade in Liberia

The Accountability Lab recently conducted Phase I of a civil society accountability assessment in Liberia to provide the basis for support to more innovative and sustainable demand-side accountability approaches going forwards. Many of the relevant tools for accountability exist, but creating the necessary environment for their use and managing the implications of their effects is proving difficult. Read More…