Accountability Innovations We Love- No. 7 to 17

MUMF WorkBy 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…

‘Reel’ Stories: Film as a tool for social change

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…

From Dhangadhi to Davos- the Post 2015 Development Agenda from the Bottom-Up

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By: Blair Glencorse. This post was originally published by Global Policy.
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This week, the world’s elites will descend on Davos for the annual World Economic Forum. Leaders from across business, politics and international organizations will spend three days listening to panels, devouring buffets and shaking hands. New ideas will develop, connections will be made and, subsequently, policies will change. This year, the post 2015 development agenda is high on the list of topics to be discussed. While conferences like Davos are absolutely essential to make sure decision-makers get development right in the future- it is also imperative that these meetings are informed by the mistakes of the past and ground realities of the present.

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Building on the Open Government Partnership in Liberia in 2014: Knowmore LIB

ImageBy: 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…

Liberia: Battle Hymns

This article about the Accountability Lab’s Hip Co Accountability Network was originally published by The Economist.

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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…

Accountability in Liberia: How the music industry is creating change

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Hip Co artists performing at the 2013 Hip Co Festival in Liberia. Photo: Morgana Wingward

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…

Reconceptualizing Accountability in the Developing World through “Accountapreneurship”

January 8, 2014
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Room MC-C 1-200
MC Building
1818 H Street NW, Washington DC
A light lunch will be served. 
Watch the Webcast!
Recording will be made available after the event.

Visitors
Please RSVP with name and organization to gpsa@worldbank.org, in order to obtain a visitor’s pass

Chair
Roby Senderowitsch
Program Manager,
Global Partnership for Social Accountability
Presenter
Blair Glencorse
Executive Director,
The Accountability Lab
Discussant 
Raymond Muhula
Public Sector Specialist,
World Bank Liberia Office
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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…

2013 in Review and What to Look out for in 2014!

Film School Director, Divine-Key Anderson, teaching his class abThis 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…

Innovating in Development Through Accountapreneurship

ImageBy: Blair Glencorse. This post was originally published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
 
The Hyatt Hotel in Kathmandu is a serene place, with beautiful Newari architecture, lush gardens, and impeccable service. It is also about as far removed as possible in Nepal from the real lives led by ordinary Nepali citizens—an executive suite can cost $800 a night while the average Nepali earns just over $600 a year. As I sat in one of the hotel’s magnificent conference rooms several years ago, attending a three-day conference on poverty in Nepal funded by a foreign donor, I began to question how we do development—three aspects in particular. Read More…

Breaking the Silence: SMS Helps Liberian Schools to Improve Education

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Maria Fahnbulleh publicises the Tell-it-True project at a high school in Monrovia.

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…