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Integrity Idol 2014: Voting for the Most Honest Officials in Nepal

Integrity IdolBy: Narayan Adhikari, South Asia Representative

Ironically, the government of Nepal did not recognize its top civil servants as part of Civil Service Day this year, because the evaluation mechanism itself was deemed dysfunctional. The Chief Secretary of the country not only pointed to the need to improve the public system but also urged civil society and citizens to celebrate honest government officials themselves. This is no small feat, as the public sector in Nepal is highly politicized, corruption is rampant and trust is generally low. Bureaucrats with integrity are often shunned, largely under-appreciated and rarely recognized.   Read More…

Highlights from the Fall 2014 Social Impact Tour in Nepal

Cool photosBy: Narayan Adhikari, South Asia Representative

This September, Accountability Lab hosted its first Social Impact Tour here in Kathmandu. A group of international participants from Turkey, Chile, and the US spent an exciting and informative week meeting with Accountability Lab’s “Accountapreneurs” and other partners and friends who are working to build a more accountable society. The tour participants not only raised several thousand dollars to help fund important social initiatives in Nepal, but were also able to offer ideas and insights based on their combined expertise in business, law, and education. In turn, they also learned a great deal about grassroots social change throughout the course of the week, and were impressed with the initiative, creativity, and resourcefulness of the Lab’s various partners. Read More…

#GivingTuesday and “Being the Change We Want To See” in Nepal

IMG_1969By: Anita Thapa

Just $10 per student can create a new generation of responsible leaders in South Asia. Support Civic Schools here.

Fourteen year-old Subash Chaulagain from Shree Bal Byabasahi Secondary School in Kathmandu, Nepal was hesitant when ‘Civic Schools’, a Sambhawana and Accountability Lab initiative, was introduced to his school. He expected it would be just another program with long lectures and memorization of information. However, as he became immersed in leadership building exercises, role play, field trips to government offices, and documentary screenings, he found Civic Schools to be something entirely different. Subash is now leading a group of seven students in a “Right to Equality” school project as well as efforts to revitalize an existing youth club. Read More…

Blair Glencorse Named a Finalist for the World Technology Award

WTA 2014We are excited to announce that the Accountability Lab is being featured at this year’s 2014 World Technology Summit, taking place today and tomorrow in New York City, in partnership with FORTUNE and TIME. The summit brings together leaders in technology and innovation from around the world, giving them an opportunity to share their ideas and be honored for their contribution to the world. Read More…

Festival Season in Harare: Youth Arise for Artistic Expression

By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect, Accountability Lab.

shoko festivalIt’s summer in Zimbabwe and the jacarandas lining the streets of the city’s plush northern suburbs are approaching full bloom, splashing purple across Harare’s parched landscape. On a less pleasant note, major news headlines appear to have changed little over the past decade: Robert Mugabe continues to condemn the West at meetings of the UN General Assembly, illegal urban structures continue to be demolished, and white farmers continue to face evictions. Read More…

5 Ways to Beat Global Corruption

RTR1UUGW-628x330By: Blair Glencorse. This post was originally published by the World Economic Forum.

The various crises currently dominating international headlines – Ukraine, ISIS, Ebola – don’t appear to have much in common. But while the dynamics certainly differ, each of these challenges is underpinned by a common theme: rampant corruption. From the collapse of government in Ukraine and the revolution in Syria to the graft that has undermined health systems in West Africa, corruption has proven to be a driver of recent instability. Read More…

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…