The Accountability Lab Supports Youth Anti-Corruption Efforts in Liberia

By Brooks Marmon (Accountability Architect) and Francis Lansana (Accountability Resident) in Liberia.

unnamedThe Lab’s Accountability Representative in Liberia, Lawrence Yealue, joined a growing network of media practitioners, civil society anti-corruption crusaders, and government officials on May 30 to deliver remarks at the 2nd Edition of the Voices against Corruption Forum hosted by the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network – Liberia (GYAC). Lawrence’s participation in the Forum signaled that the Lab’s work is gaining momentum and that we are joined by a diverse array of allies in our efforts. Read More…

A Peek into the Future of Giving- to Support Community Justice in Liberia

Credit: Morgana Wingard

Credit: Morgana Wingard

Starting today, working in partnership with tinyGive, a first-of-its-kind micro-philanthropy platform, we’re excited to launch a $2,000 crowd-funding campaign to support the growth of our Community Justice Teams (CJTs) program. Read More…

We’ve opened an OpenGov Hub in Nepal!

ImageThis post was originally published by the OpenGov Hub.

This week, the OpenGov Hub model has expanded to its first international location—in Kathmandu, Nepal. As the first transparency- and accountability-themed co-working space in South Asia, OpenGov Hub Nepal is bringing together representatives of organizations working in the open data, transparency and accountability field, to build a cohesive community for open government in Nepal—a young democracy that is struggling to establish good governance. The Hub’s founding members are: Accountability Lab, Development GatewayKathmandu Living LabsLocal Interventions Group, and Open Nepal.     Read More…

Social Accountability: What Does the Evidence Really Say?

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Useful piece to read on social accountability- tactical and strategic approaches- ahead of the GPSA this week! Thanks to Global Integrity for passing on!

Originally posted on DemocracySpot:

So what does the evidence about citizen engagement say? Particularly in the development world it is common to say that the evidence is “mixed”. It is the type of answer that, even if correct in extremely general terms, does not really help those who are actually designing and implementing citizen engagement reforms.

This is why a new (GPSA-funded) work by Jonathan Fox, “Social Accountability: What does the Evidence Really Say” is a welcome contribution for those working with open government in general and citizen engagement in particular. Rather than a paper, this work is intended as a presentation that summarizes (and disentangles) some of the issues related to citizen engagement.

Before briefly discussing it, some definitional clarification. I am equating “social accountability” with the idea of citizen engagement given Jonathan’s very definition of  social accountability:

“Social accountability strategies try to improve public sector performance by bolstering both citizen…

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Brooks joins the team in Monrovia as an “Accountability Architect”!

headshotThe Lab is excited to announce that Brooks Marmon has joined the team as an Accountability Architect in Liberia! Brooks is passionate about accountability and transparency issues, and the transformative power of education and cultural exchange. Read More…

Design Thinking for Accountability

West Point Health & SanitationThis post was originally published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

A new community justice system in Liberia emerges from a design-thinking approach.

By Blair Glencorse

Last year, in the West Point township of Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia, an enterprising community leader named Thomas Tweh found himself with a serious problem. West Point crams more than 75,000 citizens into a square mile patch of land by the Atlantic Ocean—and life is very hard. Space is limited, incomes are low, formal jobs are few, and basic services are almost non-existent. Read More…

The Lab is Ranked as a 2014 “Top Rated” Non-Profit

Thinking through accountability in Liberia

Thinking through accountability in Liberia

The Accountability Lab was recently ranked as a 2014 “Top Rated” Non-Profit by Great Non-Profits, a place to find trustworthy nonprofits. The mission of Great Non-Profits is to inspire and inform donors and volunteers, enable nonprofits to show their impact, and promote greater feedback and transparency. Read More…

Accountability Lab wins the Grand Challenge for Development

We partnered up with the Engine Room for a project that will look at ICT tools for accountability in Liberia, which has won a competitive grant from Making All Voices Count. We were selected from a total of 544 proposals to be one of 28 cutting-edge solutions. Read more about the award and the project below- and published on the MAVC website! Read More…

Accountability Lab selected for the Points of Light Civic Accelerator

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POINTS OF LIGHT’S CIVIC ACCELERATOR LAUNCHES ITS SPRING 2014 CLASS – INVESTS IN 14 STARTUPS THAT PUT PEOPLE AT CENTER OF CHANGE

With Founding Support From PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Starbucks Foundation, and Added Support from Blackstone Charitable Foundation, SAP and Official Hotel Sponsor Hilton Worldwide

ATLANTA, April 8, 2014 – The Points of Light’s Civic Accelerator – the first national startup accelerator dedicated solely to investing in civic ventures – announced today the 14 startups selected to participate in its spring 2014 program. This will be the fourth round of the Civic Accelerator since its founding in 2012. The ventures participating in the Civic Accelerator, which include for-profits, nonprofits and hybrids, all mobilize people to create positive change and come from across the United States.

The 14 ventures will gather in Seattle on April 22 for the start of an intensive, 12-week startup boot camp that includes mentoring, entrepreneur education, peer support and networking. Points of Light will offer two of the most promising ventures – as selected by the entrepreneurs themselves – a $50,000 investment following the conclusion of the program at a June Demo Day in Atlanta. Read More…

Collaborative Impact Through the RSA Fellowship

2013impactReportBy: Blair Glencorse. This post was originally published by RSA United States.

I arrived breathlessly and slightly late to an RSA Fellows social Entrepreneurs Network breakfast at RSA House last summer. My tardiness was caused in part by a sleepless night thinking about- of all things- impact measurement. I had been struggling for weeks with how I could best measure the effectiveness of the work I had begun through my organization the Accountability Lab. Read More…