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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 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…

What Can You Learn About Entrepreneurship in Three Days? Plenty

This post was originally published on the Points of Light Blog.

When you bring entrepreneurs together, ideas fly, networks grow and partnerships emerge. We got to see all three happen recently in New York during a three-day gathering of the spring 2014 class of the Points of Light Civic Accelerator.

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Through the accelerator – a 12-week boot camp for entrepreneurs of startup ventures that aim to serve the greater good – 14 fledgling enterprises are learning from experienced leaders in various fields, and each other. Here’s a taste of what happened in New York May 19 – 21. Read More…

Small Initiatives with Big Impact in Biratnagar

067 By Narayan Adhikari, Nepal Country Representative. The eastern Terai of Nepal, close to the Indian border, is hot at this time of year- very hot. And the mosquitos are relentless- if you’re not from around here you find yourself thinking constantly about a place to sit under a strong fan and a bottle of cold water. Read More…

Changing Accountability Mindsets: From Workshops and Reports to Professors and Imams

008 (3) This piece was originally posted on the Transparency International Blog. Working on accountability in difficult contexts, it does not take long to realize the key shortcomings of established approaches to these issues- expensive workshops are held, lengthy papers are written and complex logframes are completed, but little changes on the ground. Read More…

Entrepreneurship and Accountability: The Perfect Partners for Liberia

The BSC and Accountability Lab office in Monrovia

The BSC and Accountability Lab office in Monrovia

By Briana Thompson, Accountability Fellow. One of my favorite economists, Abhijit Banerjee, presented an approach to economic growth at the 2008 Brookings Global Economy and Development Conference that’s fairly consistent with my beliefs: “maybe all that happens is that something goes right for once… and then that sparks growth… The best we can do in that world is to hold the fort till that initial spark arrives; make sure that there is not too much human misery, maintain the social equilibrium, try to make sure that there is enough human capital around to take advantage of the spark when it arrives. Read More…

Molly Hellerman joins the Lab’s Kitchen Cabinet!

MollyThe Accountability Lab is very pleased to announce that Molly Hellerman has joined the Lab’s “Kitchen Cabinet” of close operational advisors. The Kitchen Cabinet acts as a sounding board for the Lab’s work and is composed of amazing people from across the public, private and non-profit sectors. Read More…

The Lab welcomes Lawrence Yealue as Country Representative for Liberia!

001 (4)The Accountability Lab is very excited to have Lawrence Yealue on the team as Country Representative for Liberia. Lawrence will lead the accountability work from Monrovia- including the Liberia Accountapreneurship Fund, the Accountability Change Agency and the @ccountability Initiative Read More…

The Lab signs an MoU with Instituto Benten in Guinea Bissau

011The Accountability Lab and Instituto Benten today signed a Memorandum of Understanding after a recent visit by the Lab to Guinea Bissau in February 2013. The MoU covers joint efforts to support the accountability agenda in the country; the development of new programs on accountability; and the potential deployment of an Accountapreneurship Fund to support Bissau-Guineans with creative ideas for new accountability tools through funding, training, networks and mentorship. Read More…

Good Stories: Q & A with the Accountability Lab

Biratnagar1Article originally published by Juliet Vedral in the Wheelhouse Review

More often than not, in our travels around DC, we’ll meet fascinating people doing interesting work. We’re starting a new series where we’ll share some of these stories through Q&A. Today we present: Accountability Lab. Read More…