By Blair Glencorse. In mid-January, the Lab was lucky enough to be in Mumbai for a conference hosted by various programs at Stanford University and the University of Mumbai. The discussions brought together over 100 social activists, change-makers, donors, thinkers and ICT-experts for two days of discussions about the ideas and tools that can improve governance through the use of technology. Read More…
This post was originally published by ONE, as the second post in a series on the Accountability Lab’s innovative approach to fighting corruption through creativity.
“We are going to help you make a short film about an accountability issue in your community” explains Divine Anderson to a group of 20 girls from low-income neighborhoods of Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia.
The girls are students in a four-week Accountability Film School set up last year by the Accountability Lab - an organization that designs creative tools to fight corruption and build integrity in the developing world.
“We don’t need to be politicians to push for the kind of country we want; our films can create change” adds Divine, the film school director. Read More…
By: Lawrence Yealue and Carter Draper. This post was originally published by the Open Government Partnership.
As Liberia welcomes 2014, it is an opportune moment to look back at the impressive progress Liberia made in terms of open government in 2013. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit in London in October last year was an important step forward in the broader West African movement for openness, transparency and accountability. Sierra Leone applied for membership, for example; and Liberia sent a high-level government and civil society delegation to the meetings. Ideas were formed, hands were shaken and commitments were made- but the key going forwards, of course, is to maintain this momentum through progress on the ground. Read More…
This article about the Accountability Lab’s Hip Co Accountability Network was originally published by The Economist.
GIRLS in tight skirts and bright tops hold bottles of beer as they weave their way down the sandy lane towards Bernard’s beach in Monrovia. A throng of young Liberians gather at one of the year’s biggest parties and most revellers are celebrating the growing popularity of Hip Co, a musical movement in the long-troubled West African country. Read More…
By: Blair Glencorse, Accountability Lab Executive Director, and Nora Rahimian, Hip Co organizer. This post was originally published by ONE.
“If we don’t speak up against the ills in society, who will?” asks Takun J, Liberia’s Hip Co King, in front of thousands of screaming fans at a concert in Monrovia. He then launches into “Police Man” a song about police corruption, which several years ago had the artist arrested and beaten by the authorities. Read More…
January 8, 2014
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Room MC-C 1-200
1818 H Street NW, Washington DC
A light lunch will be served.
Watch the Webcast!
Recording will be made available after the event.
Global Partnership for Social Accountability
The Accountability Lab
Public Sector Specialist,
World Bank Liberia Office
A lack of accountability between power-holders and citizens weakens trust, undermines opportunity and perpetuates inequalities. It is often the root cause of development challenges, such as poverty, exclusion and violence. Read More…
This year was a fantastic one for the Accountability Lab! Highlights included almost twenty new projects in Liberia and Nepal, including: the Community Justice Teams, Daily Talk, the RTI Toolkit, and TELL-it-True. We also hosted Liberia’s first film festivals and a Hip Co music festival for accountability. We helped launch two online platforms to empower citizens to solve accountability issues in Nepal: Bolaun and Nalibeli (which already has over 150,000 hits!) And we made news all over the world including on Forbes, National Geographic, Foreign Policy, Kathmandu Post, Front Page Africa and more. Read More…
By: Blair Glencorse, Founder and Executive Director. This post was originally published on National Geographic News Watch, Digital Diversity Blog Series by Ken Banks.
Dorcas Pewee is a young Liberian woman who has faced unimaginable challenges. She suffered severe hardship during the brutal 14-year civil war and has struggled to make ends meet during the subsequent decade of peace. Liberia has a female president, but is a deeply male-dominated society. As a result there are few opportunities for women to realise their full potential. Read More…