A Virtual Social Impact Tour of Monrovia

Social Impact Tour, July 2014By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect.

The Accountability Lab recently convened the sixth Social Impact Tour of Monrovia—in partnership with the Business Start-Up Center (BSC) and Barefoot Liberia.  These tours, held the second Saturday of each month, provide visitors and residents of Monrovia alike with the unique opportunity to engage first-hand with the creative change-makers who are contributing to the national reconstruction of Liberia following 14 years of civil war. This month’s tour highlighted one of BSC’s beneficiaries and three of the Lab’s accountapreneurs: Read More…

Living Democracy

Democracy is about more than just formal institutions. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Democracy is about more than just formal institutions. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

By: Narayan Adhikari, Accountability Lab South Asia Representative and  CIPE-Atlas Corps Think Tank LINKS Fellow. This post was originally published by CIPE.

Living in the U.S. for the past six months has been a thrilling experience for me. I have lived in a social entrepreneurship-themed group house, traveled to different cities, gone hiking at Sky Meadows Park, attended events/conferences, and made countless friends. I also interacted with local Nepalese communities and enjoyed festivals and happy hours. Although living in Washington DC has proven itself quite expensive compared to Kathmandu, I have been able to live within my means as a fellow. DC is a very lively and cultural city, and I appreciate that there is always so much going on. After living here for six months I am amazed by the many things I haven’t yet discovered. Read More…

Accountability: A Key to Nation Building

By: Francis Lansana, Accountability Lab Resident, Liberia.SASA event

In a quest to spread the message of change, transformation, transparency and integrity, the Accountability Lab participated in the 35th anniversary celebration of the Sociology and Anthropology Students Association (SASA) at the University of Liberia last week. The event was marked by a parade and conference that brought together over 300 stakeholders, including members of the University of Liberia administration, SASA department staff and instructors, students and other community members.

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How Open is the Liberian Government?

By Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect.

10399989_637514716344456_4235919866964255726_nMaking information more open and transparent helps governments spend revenues more effectively, improve services and, importantly, build trust with citizens. Recently, the Government of Liberia, led by its Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism (MICAT) convened a forum of key government stakeholders and civil society organizations to assess the progress of Liberia’s National Action Plan under the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a platform in which governments to commit to advancing transparency, accountability, public participation, and innovation. Read More…

Nalibeli: A Wiki for Navigating the Nepali Bureaucracy


By: Anne Sophie Lambert and Surabhi Pudasaini. This post was originally published by Feedback Labs.

Genuine accountability requires feedback loops between power-holders and stakeholders. At the Accountability Lab, we partner with creative accountability change-makers (or “accountapreneurs”) to build innovative tools that enable citizens to close these feedback loops. Read More…

4 Ways to Supercharge Your Social Enterprise Through Accountability

The Daily TalkBy: Blair Glencorse, Accountability Lab Executive Director. This post was originally published by Ashoka on Forbes. Photo by Morgan Wingard.

The social enterprise sector is hot—it may be worth well over $500 billion in the US alone. But if social business is to solve many of the world’s most pressing problems, we have to make sure it has both internal and external accountability systems in place to do so. What does that mean? It means, at its heart, getting the accountability relationships right between the people who make decisions- in governments, businesses, and all other relevant organizations- in order to ensure the outcomes are fair, inclusive, and sustainable. Read More…

The Accountability Lab’s Executive Director wins Echoing Green Fellowship

LogoEchoingGreenwithcirclespngWe are excited to announce that our Executive Director– Blair Glencorse– has been selected from among thousands of applicants as an Echoing Green 2014 Global Fellow.

Through its fellowship program, Echoing Green seeks to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Over the past 25 years, it has invested over $31 million in seed funding in nearly 600 social entrepreneurs (Echoing Green Fellows) and their innovative organizations across the globe. The program has provided critical, early-stage support to acclaimed organizations, such as Teach for America and Citizen Schools, and we are happy to see that this leader in the social enterprise field has added accountability to its agenda. Read More…

Witnessing the Impact of Liberia’s Social Entrepreneurs

By Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect.

Heading out on the water taxis

Heading out on the water taxis

The Accountability Lab, the Business Start-Up Center- Monrovia, and Barefoot Liberia co-hosted the 5th Social Impact Tour (SIT), showcasing Monrovia’s most innovative social enterprises on June 7. The tour provides participants with a first-hand view of the creative ways that Liberians are rebuilding an economy and society shattered by 14 years of civil war. 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.


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…

Accountability as a Collective Action Problem

Our new Summer Resident Stephen Suk outlines why he’s helping the Lab over the next few months.

ImagePhoto by Federico Casello, modified by Stephen Suk.

Last summer only 419,592 votes were cast in the Los Angeles mayoral election – the lowest voter turnout for the city since 1938, and the lowest percentage turnout of registered voters in 100 years. Despite the low turnout, I still have trouble convincing myself that my ballot had much impact on the overall outcome of the elections. What’s one vote amidst four hundred thousand? Read More…