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Liberia: A Journalist, a Blackboard, Some Chalk and Open Government.

002 (6)By Julio Urdenata, Global Integrity. This is the second entry in the “No Hash Tag blog series: Low-Tech Approaches to Open Government and Transparency” and was originally published on the Global Integrity blog.

He is widely read and respected; yet he does not work for any media company. Read More…

Accountability in Liberia: Creativity, Innovation and Potential

ladiesSellingGrain_851x315By Yasmin Anis, Accountability Lab Summer Resident. It has been a whirlwind of a first week since I landed in Monrovia. As with any new place, you attempt to take in your surroundings while your brain frantically compiles a group of initial observations. These then begin to transform into broader themes you discover about the place you are now experiencing. 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…

Rectifying Guinea Bissau’s Image Problem

The Streets of Bissau

The Streets of Bissau

Originally published by Forbes.

In the international press the small West African country of Guinea Bissau is variously described as most, if not all of the following: a narco-state (with as many as 30 tons of drugs passing through the country every year); coup-plagued (with at least four military coups since 1998 and six political assassinations in the past 3 years); conflict-ridden (at war for more than half of its’ modern history); and poverty-stricken (with over half the population living in poverty). Read More…

Between Burqas and Bikinis: Tunisia in Transition

002 By Blair Glencorse. What do in-depth analyses of political processes, discussions with perfume shop owners and singing German Ambassadors have in common? The BMW Foundation Arab-European Young Leaders Forum (of course!)- which I was lucky enough to attend in Tunis in early March. The Forum brought together over 40 diverse change-makers from across government, the private sector, and civil society for three days of interactions which took place, appropriately, where the Arab Awakenings began over two years ago. Read More…

The Lab Partners with BSC Monrovia

bscMonroviaLogoThe Lab is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Business Start-Up Center, Monrovia, to jointly contribute resources to shared goals. These include the productive engagement of students and young people for the prosperity and stability of Liberia. The two organizations will collaborate on programs and training. Read More…