#GivingTuesday and “Being the Change We Want To See” in Nepal

IMG_1969By: Anita Thapa

Just $10 per student can create a new generation of responsible leaders in South Asia. Support Civic Schools here.

Fourteen year-old Subash Chaulagain from Shree Bal Byabasahi Secondary School in Kathmandu, Nepal was hesitant when ‘Civic Schools’, a Sambhawana and Accountability Lab initiative, was introduced to his school. He expected it would be just another program with long lectures and memorization of information. However, as he became immersed in leadership building exercises, role play, field trips to government offices, and documentary screenings, he found Civic Schools to be something entirely different. Subash is now leading a group of seven students in a “Right to Equality” school project as well as efforts to revitalize an existing youth club. Read More…

Blair Glencorse Named a Finalist for the World Technology Award

WTA 2014We are excited to announce that the Accountability Lab is being featured at this year’s 2014 World Technology Summit, taking place today and tomorrow in New York City, in partnership with FORTUNE and TIME. The summit brings together leaders in technology and innovation from around the world, giving them an opportunity to share their ideas and be honored for their contribution to the world. Read More…

Festival Season in Harare: Youth Arise for Artistic Expression

By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect, Accountability Lab.

shoko festivalIt’s summer in Zimbabwe and the jacarandas lining the streets of the city’s plush northern suburbs are approaching full bloom, splashing purple across Harare’s parched landscape. On a less pleasant note, major news headlines appear to have changed little over the past decade: Robert Mugabe continues to condemn the West at meetings of the UN General Assembly, illegal urban structures continue to be demolished, and white farmers continue to face evictions. Read More…

5 Ways to Beat Global Corruption

RTR1UUGW-628x330By: Blair Glencorse. This post was originally published by the World Economic Forum.

The various crises currently dominating international headlines – Ukraine, ISIS, Ebola – don’t appear to have much in common. But while the dynamics certainly differ, each of these challenges is underpinned by a common theme: rampant corruption. From the collapse of government in Ukraine and the revolution in Syria to the graft that has undermined health systems in West Africa, corruption has proven to be a driver of recent instability. Read More…

Generate breakthrough growth with ‘jugaad’ accountability

Thomas Tweh, a community leader in West Point, Liberia, applies his innovative idea to help resolve legal issues in his neighborhood. Photo by: Morgana Wingard / Accountability Lab

Thomas Tweh, a community leader in West Point, Liberia, applies his innovative idea to help resolve legal issues in his neighborhood. Photo by: Morgana Wingard / Accountability Lab

By: Blair Glencorse. This post was originally published by Devex.

In Liberia, the Daily Talk is a jugaad — or creative, improvised — citizen journalism solution. In a country where newspapers are too expensive and the internet is inaccessible for many, the Accountability Lab is supporting a group of citizen journalists to provide civic education information through chalk billboards at busy intersections in urban areas. The information is relayed in simple Liberian English, pictures and photos so everyone can understand, and it generates debate and discussion among the thousands of passersby every day. Read More…

Quarterly Impact Call Overview: Q3 2014

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How is the Accountability Lab Combating the Ebola crisis?

20140911_153231 (1)By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect.

Since the end of July, Liberia has been gravely impacted by an unprecedented outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease. Over 4,600 people have died in West Africa, the Liberian government has declared a state of emergency (accompanied by a curfew and short-lived quarantine), and elections slated for this October have been delayed. Like almost all organizations in Liberia, the deteriorating situation has impacted our work – several of our projects which rely on functioning schools, sports activities or large public gatherings have been particularly impacted. Read More…

If Not Now, When? Combating Ebola in West Africa

Photo credit: European Commission DG ECHO

Photo credit: European Commission DG ECHO

By: Hugh James, Accountability Lab, London.

The Lab was recently in attendance at a panel discussion on “The West African Ebola Outbreak: Gaps in Governance and Accountability” at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies.

In a week when the President of the World Bank, Jim Kim, stated that the global community has failed miserably” in responding to the Ebola crisis and the WHO appealed for £1billion to further combat the crisis, the talk could not have been more relevant. Read More…

Youth Perceptions of Corruption: Help Overcome the Data Deficit!


A sign in Zimbabwe indicating that all may not consider illegal pirating as corrupt.

By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect

In many countries across the world, demographics are dominated by an ever rising youth population. In Nepal, for example, roughly 50% of the population is under the age of 24. In Liberia, where the Lab also works, the same percentage is under 15 years old. Governments and researchers have long been concerned by the political and security implications of this ‘youth bulge’. Yet there is little hard data on youth perceptions of the ills in society- like corruption- that might lead to disengagement or violence among this demographic. An important ongoing survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) seeks to fill this gap by assessing corruption perceptions among millennials around the world.  Read More…

Ebola Outbreak: How Can I Help? An Update & Focus on Liberia

Source: BBC News.

As the devastating Ebola crisis continues, we are increasingly being asked by various organizations and individuals what they can do to help in Liberia. Thus, we have teamed up with The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania to provide a brief update on the crisis, suggest criteria for selecting organizations to support, and share specific opportunities for you to help. Read More…