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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…

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…

Failure, Innovation, Communities and Technology- the Accountability Agenda

IndonesiaProtesters calling for greater accountability of Malaysia’s government march on the centre of the capital Kuala Lumpur, April 29, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Chong

This post was originally posted on the Trustlaw Governance website here

By Luke Balleny

LONDON (TrustLaw) – Holding decision-makers to account is hard work and embracing failure is a key step for those trying to bring about greater accountability in the developing world to understand what works, Blair Glencorse, founder and executive director of Accountability Lab says. Read More…

Connecting Agents of Change in Brasilia

Thinking through anti-corruption

The Lab was selected as a “Game Changer” at the recent, and brilliant, International Anti-Corruption Conference in Brazil organized by Transparency International and the Government of Brazil, and supported by the Instituto Ethos among others. The meeting brought together thousands of anti-corruption campaigners from the public sector, business and civil society from all over the world. Read More…

Eight Ideas on Preventing Atrocities through Accountability and Understanding

Last week, the Lab team was fortunate enough to be part of a working group at the Stanley Foundation’s 53rd Strategy for Peace Conference, which focused on “Assisting States to Prevent Atrocities: Implications for Development Policy, Stabilization and Post-Conflict Peace-Building”. Read More…

Moroccan Mint Tea, Atlanticism and Accountability

Last weekend I was fortunate to attend the Atlantic Dialogues organized by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the OCP Foundation in Rabat. Read More…

The Lab welcomes Rakesh Karna as Country Coordinator for Nepal!

The Accountability Lab is very excited to have Rakesh Karna on the team as Country Coordinator for Nepal. Rakesh will lead the accountability work from Kathmandu with his experience in governance and development. Read More…