What does Open Government have to do with the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

IMG_20151026_110613 (1)By: Blair Glencorse. This blog post was originally published by the Open Government Partnership.

The world’s business VIPs are meeting in Davos this week for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF), where the theme is the fourth industrial revolution– think 3D printing, bio-technology and mind-reading machines. Klaus Schwab, the head of the WEF, argues in a new book that this revolution is faster, more complex and more innovative than ever before. It is transforming the way that states, businesses and societies interact. It relates in one way or another to all of the key global challenges that the WEF has identified as critical over the coming years- and as such heralds huge possibilities as well as dangers. So what does it all mean for business and the open government agenda? A few things: Read More…

We need YOU! Nominate activists and organizations that deserve an Honesty Oscar

By: Samantha Urban. This blog post was originally published by The ONE Campaign.

The upcoming Academy Awards on Sunday, February 28, 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, photos, and songs that are helping to fight global corruption!

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ONE and Accountability Lab are teaming up to host the 2016 Honesty Oscars, an event that honors groundbreaking organizations, activists, and creatives who make our world more transparent and hold our governments and corporations more accountable. Read More…

Announcing the 2016/17 Accountability Incubator’s Cohort of “Accountapreneurs”!

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The Accountability Lab catalyzes a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders around the world. Our core work is through the Accountability Incubator: a two-year program of support for the very best “accountapreneurs”. This year the process was incredibly competitive; we had hundreds of applications across our three focus countries–Nepal, Liberia and Pakistan. We have now selected 17 of these amazing young change-makers that we’ll work with to transform their societies through new and sustainable ideas for accountability.

Drumroll please…read more about the 2016/17 Accountability Lab “Accountapreneurs” below!

Nepal Accountability Incubator

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Basanta Adhikari

Basanta leads an organization called Bikalpa (“the Alternative”) that trains youth in eastern Nepal on civic leadership and advocacy for fundamental rights. With the Accountability Lab’s support he plans to lead youth groups in conducting performance surveys of local government agencies in his district. Twitter: @YouBasant Read More…

Celebrating Nepal’s Most Honest Civil Servants: Integrity Idol 2015 In Full Swing!

IIN 2015 volunteers“This year, more than ever, Nepal has needed government officials with integrity. This campaign brings Nepalis across the country into a conversation about what this means. It will generate support for those civil servants within the system who are serving the public good. Highlighting their excellent work in public- in an independent way that builds a positive narrative- allows us to build trust with those in power and make sure they are acting on our behalf. It also allows Nepalis to feel part of a positive movement- that they can help to build.” – Narayan Adhikari Read More…

Mediating mob violence and misunderstanding in Liberia

By: John Kamma, director of the Citizens Bureau in Logan Town, Liberia and an “accountapreneur” with the Accountability Lab. This blog post was originally published by HiiL Innovating Justice.

At the time of writing, there are more questions than answers regarding the recent death of Victoria Zayzay in a jail cell at the Zone 6 police substation. She had been detained on October 20, 2015 after another woman claimed she had caused L$3,000 (US$40) property damage to her business. A preliminary police report by Liberia National Police said the cause of death was attempted suicide. The father of the late Zayzay has challenged these findings, arguing that his daughter was sexually abused in the jail cell and then strangled to death. “We are demanding that the government tell us what happened to our daughter,” Mr. Zayzay said. The government of Liberia has reportedly performed two autopsies on the body but findings have not yet been made available to the public. Read More…

SMART Liberians Seek a More Open University of Liberia

Update 8By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect. Accountability Lab supported SMART Liberia’s Update 8 campaign through the Accountability Incubator.

On December 4, several hundred students of the University of Liberia gathered at the institution’s Fendell Campus for a convocation hosted by the student advocacy and training group, SMART Liberia. The assembly sought to sensitize students on Liberia’s Open Government Partnership commitments, of which one component commits the government, with support of civil society, to regularly update and standardize government websites. Read More…

From wrong-doers to do-gooders: The Integrity Idol movement in Liberia

The Integrity Idol finalists with the team from Accountability Lab. (Photo credit: Ben Cleeton)By: Francis Lansana, Resident with Accountability Lab Liberia. This blog post was originally published by the ONE Campaign.

Jugbeh Kekula is a registered nurse at the Grand Bassa branch of the Liberian government hospital in Buchanan—about two hours drive east of the capital Monrovia. She is renowned in her community for her outreach at local markets.

“I became a nurse because I love the nursing profession,” she said. “I love serving humanity, I love helping to save lives one way or the other. I just love serving my nation, serving my people.”

And now, after a national competition searching for Liberia’s most honest government official, Jugbeh has been crowned the country’s first ever Integrity Idol. Read More…

Setting the Global Agenda on Transparency and Anti-Corruption

IMG_20151026_110613.jpgBy: Blair Glencorse, Executive Director of the Accountability Lab and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption

As Klaus Schwab has pointed out, the fourth industrial revolution is underway- think 3D printing and mind-reading machines- and this revolution is faster, more complex and more innovative than ever before. It is transforming the way that states, businesses and societies interact. It relates in one way or another to all of the key global challenges that the World Economic Forum (WEF) has identified as critical over the coming years- and as such heralds huge possibilities as well as dangers. Read More…

Nepal Mobile Citizen Helpdesk Year-End Update

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Happy Holidays from the Mobile Citizen Helpdesks team!

Over the past 8 months, the Mobile Citizen Helpdesks team has been working hard to make sure Nepali citizens’ voices are heard and their needs are met during the earthquake relief process.

Each month our team of 100+ dedicated, local volunteers surveys 1,400 citizens across Nepal’s 14 “crisis zones”. We are pleased to announce that our most recent Community Feedback Report demonstrates a markable improvement in citizens’ perceptions of the relief process Read More…

#CorruptionMustGo: Musicians Mobilize to Minimize Corruption in Liberia

12314579_894448430651082_3579161647809163512_oBy: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Lab Program Officer. This blog post was originally published by OSIWA.

As Liberia enters its second decade of peace, its music industry continues to gain popularity. Artists like Takun J have a national following and have leveraged this platform to speak out against injustices at all levels of society. The Accountability Lab, an OSIWA partner, has been working with hip co (the genre of Liberian urban music) musicians in Liberia to promote integrity and combat corruption. With an overwhelmingly young population, almost half of Liberians are under the age of 18, Liberia’s hip co-stars are uniquely positioned to raise awareness of key social and political issues. Read More…