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2014 in Review and What to Look out for in 2015!

It’s been an exciting year for the Accountability Lab, from launching Integrity Idol in Nepal to playing a key role in addressing Liberia’s Ebola crisis to setting up an OpenGov Hub in Nepal. In addition, we consolidated our management and oversight structures, including a reorganized board and public quarterly impact calls (learn more here, and stay tuned for the next call on January 5th). We received great recognition of our work, including the World Technology Award, Echoing Green Fellowship, Social Media for Empowerment Award, Ivy Film Award, HiiL Innovating Justice Awards Popular Vote, BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award, and more. 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…

Accountability of Higher Education in Nepal- Council on Foreign Relations

Political slogans ahead of student elections at Tribhuvan University

Political slogans ahead of student elections at Tribhuvan University

This post was originally published by the Council on Foreign Relations. The post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) framework is currently being negotiated among governments and civil society participants around the world. Unlike the previous goals, which emphasized universal primary education as a key aim, it is essential that any successor targets ensure a concomitant focus on tertiary education. 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…

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…

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…

The Lab Launches the Liberia Accountapreneurship Fund!

Cummings_120223_896The Accountability Lab is excited to launch a new support tool for Liberians with innovative accountability ideas. The Liberia “Accountapreneurship” Fund (LAF) will identify “accountapreneurs” (individuals, groups or organizations that demonstrate an entrepreneurial approach to accountability issues); provide catalytic grants to these accountapreneurs for small-scale, innovative and sustainable approaches to accountability and transparency; support effective implementation of ideas through training, mentoring, and networking; and ensure sustainability through connecting accountapreneurs to additional local and national funding sources. Read More…

Re-Imagining the Relationship of Citizens to Power-Holders Through “Accountapreneurship”.

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Spending time on the ground in countries like Liberia and Nepal, it soon becomes clear that despite good intentions, we still have very little idea how best to support the accountability of power-holders to citizens. Read More…

Accountapreneurship in Nepal

myrepublicaThis piece is an edited version of an interview originally published in Republica on December 25th, 2012 at: http://myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=47101

Accountapreneurship in Nepal: How can You be Involved?

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KATHMANDU, Dec 24: “There are plenty of Nepalis with brilliant ideas, but these do not always have the support they need to move from conception to implementation,” says Blair Glencorse, Founder and Executive Director of Accountability Lab. Read More…