A Very Different Type of Tour in Nepal

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By: Can Atacik, Accountability Lab 2014 Social Impact Tour Participant

Have you ever felt that you are privileged? That you could “give” to others with your experience and utilize your network of contacts to help those living in developing countries? I thought so too, until I participated in the Accountability Lab’s Social Impact Tour in Nepal- the poorest country in South Asia- only to find out that it was me who actually had a lot to learn. Read More…

Build a Better Business Through Creative Accountability

SupportNepal6By: Blair Glencorse, Executive Director of the Accountability Lab; and Nora Rahimian, an Arts for Change Strategist at the Accountability Lab. This blog post was originally published by GE’s Ideas Lab.

Businesses can help to solve global challenges while remaining dynamic and profitable — by fostering a culture of accountability.

It has never been good enough for businesses to think only about the bottom line. But corporate engagement around the critical issues of our time — sustainability, inequality and corruption — is now more pressing than ever. Our planet is heating up, the income gap between rich and poor is growing, and graft is ubiquitous. The 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer indicates that trust in business leaders is at an all-time low; while a recent Gallup poll showed that just 13 percent of employees are engaged at work. Read More…

Being the Change-Maker You Want to See in the World

Feb2015-Lawrence-640x333By: Lawrence Yealue, II, CIPE-Atlas Corps Think Tank LINKS Fellow at Accountability Lab. This blog post was originally published by CIPE.

Throughout history, people have continually sought positive social and economic change, and found creative ways to make it happen. This change has been driven by a sense of dissatisfaction with the status quo, for example in the case of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. and the anti-Apartheid efforts in South Africa. But the list is endless. Read More…

Accountability Lab Impact in 2014

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Here at the Accountability Lab, we take impact very seriously. Each year we carry out impact surveys of our five key stakeholder groups Read More…

Community mediation in Liberia: Ebola, child welfare and building trust

By: John Kamma, Executive Director of the Citizens Bureau and Accountability Lab Accountapreneur. The blog post was originally published by the Innovating Justice Forum.

In late July last year, my organization, the Citizens Bureau for Development and Productivity (Citizens Bureau) formally launched a community mediation program in Logan Town, Monrovia. With technical support from the Accountability Lab (a local NGO) and seed-funding from Trust Africa (a pan-African grantmaker) we had very high hopes. Packed in a hot, unlighted church for the launch event were civil society representatives, government officials, and personnel of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

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The Politics Of The Common Man In India

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By: Blair Glencorse, Accountability Lab’s Executive Director, and Dipanwita Das, the Accountability Lab‘s Ambassador in India and Founder and Director of Das Social Strategies.

On the 26th of January 2015, we lost the Common Man. R K Laxman, who, for decades, had provided us with a satirical take on the Indian democratic process. He took with him the ubiquitous ‘common man’, the witness to the growth of democracy in India and often one of the few mediums through which we, the citizens, felt like part of the political process. Within weeks of this devastating loss, the party of the common man or ‘Aam Aadmi Party’ (AAP) came to power in Delhi. Suddenly, the aam aadmi was no longer a picture on paper but a real, active participant in Indian politics. The aam aadmi showed s/he could now shape democracy. As evidenced by Roy R Thomas’s tribute to Laxman, “the change” had begun. Read More…

And the Honesty Oscars go to….

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By: Emily Walker. This blog post was originally published by ONE. Every day in the week leading up to the Academy Awards, February 17th to 21st, ONE and Accountability Lab unveiled a category for our Honesty Oscars 2015, an award that honors not Hollywood films, but the creative work of activists and organizations that fight global corruption. People all over the world voted for their favorites and here are the winners! Read More…

My journey on the tortuous Ebola trail

Brooks Marmon DMBy: Brooks Marmon, Acountability Architect. This blog post was originally published by Daily Maverick.

It’s not easy to assess the degree to which Ebola has impacted on daily – or nightly – life in Liberia, as a person who was stranded, hands tied, outside the country during the outbreak. One thing is clear, however: waiting for an emergency is an unhelpful strategy of crisis prevention.

In early August 2014, I left Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, which was quickly descending into Ebola-induced chaos. Read More…

2015 Honesty Oscars kick-off

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The upcoming Academy Awards (on Sunday, February 22nd) is a time to gather around the television and celebrate the cinematic achievements of the year. We figured it was about time we did the same for the inspiring activists, videos, infographics, technology and songs that are helping to fight global corruption. Read More…

Signaling Around the Post Ebola Recovery in Liberia

Mobile cinema in LiberiaBy: Marvin Tarawally, Winter Resident, Washington DC

Confronted with a finite budget and faced with harsh socio-economic realities, the government of Liberia and its international partners are at a crossroads as the Ebola outbreak is brought under control. Recently, the Liberian government reported that 12 counties (out of an affected 15) have reported zero cases for the past 21 days. The evidence shows that the efforts to combat the deadly Ebola Virus, by both the Liberian government, the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and other partners, have yielded substantial positive results. Read More…