Anne Sophie Lambert's Blog (12)

“Being the Change We Want To See” in Nepal

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Fourteen year-old Subash Chaulagain from Shree Bal Byabasahi Secondary School in Kathmandu, Nepal was hesitant when ‘Civic Schools’, aSambhawana and Accountability Lab initiative, was introduced to his school. He expected it would be just another program with long lectures and…

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Added by Anne Sophie Lambert on December 6, 2014 at 1:39pm — No Comments

The Big Idea: a wiki guide to public services

By: Blair Glencorse. This post was originally published by the RSA.

The Big Idea: Nalibeli is an online platform created by Blair Glencorse FRSA and Surabhi Pudasaini that helps citizens in Nepal to navigate complicated public services,  and uses crowdsourcing to give people access to the information they need.  …

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Added by Anne Sophie Lambert on November 20, 2013 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Putting local justice first in Liberia

By: Blair Glencorse and Anne Sophie Lambert. This post was originally published by Local First.

For many Liberians living in the low-income, high-density neighborhoods of Monrovia, life is a daily struggle. Land disputes, drug problems, domestic abuse, and a lack of basic services, among other issues, are pervasive.

When citizens face legal challenges, the lack of…

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Added by Anne Sophie Lambert on November 14, 2013 at 4:03pm — 2 Comments

Why We Joined the Global Partnership for Social Accountability

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Getting our hands dirty for accountability– building communities for change in Nepal.

By: Anne Sophie Lambert, Associate Director

At the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings, World Vision International’s Local Advocacy Director, Jeff Hall, said that the focus of accountability is…

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Added by Anne Sophie Lambert on November 8, 2013 at 3:25am — No Comments

Supporting Implementation of the OGP in Liberia with High and Low Tech: Knowmore LIB

By: Blair Glencorse and Teemu Roponnen. This post has also been submitted for the OGP blog.

Liberia has made some impressive reforms to support open government since it signed the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in 2005. The government has put in place a host of bodies focused on transparency and accountability, including the Liberia Anti-Corruption…

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Added by Anne Sophie Lambert on October 30, 2013 at 6:16pm — No Comments

What I Learned at Data Transparency 2013

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By: Anne Sophie Lambert, Associate Director

Thomas Jefferson once said, “We might hope to see the finances of the Union as clear and intelligible as a merchant’s books, so that every member of Congress and every man of any mind in the Union should be able to comprehend them, to investigate abuses, and consequently to control them.”

Last week, I attended the nation’s…

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Added by Anne Sophie Lambert on September 19, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Training the Accountability Advocates of Liberia’s Future

By: Yasmin Anis, Accountability Lab Summer Resident.

This summer, Accountability Lab Liberia helped organize and lead a series of training sessions to help Liberian youth better understand the concept of accountability and their related rights and…

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Added by Anne Sophie Lambert on September 10, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Tech for Transparency: Governance of the Kenyan Water Sector

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By: Albert Otieno, iHub Research

iHub Research is the research arm of an innovative, open working space for the technology community in Nairobi, similar in many ways to the Lab’s home- the OpenGov Hub- in Washington DC. Since September 2011, iHub Research has been…

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Added by Anne Sophie Lambert on July 15, 2013 at 6:38pm — No Comments

MPs not VIPs: US$55M on Cars but Liberians Live Under Poverty Line

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By Yasmin Anis, Accountability Lab Summer Resident. 

Every day as I ride along on my penh-penhs (motorbike taxis)- what I consider to be Liberia’s premier mode of transportation, I inevitably see one or two huge black SUVs with tinted windows pass by. I look over, trying to determine which VIP is inside. No doubt they are staring back at me with the…

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Added by Anne Sophie Lambert on July 8, 2013 at 7:01pm — No Comments

From Transparency to Accountability: An Online Discussion

“What does the kind of transparency that leads to accountability look like?” Last Thursday, the Lab participated in a constructive online discussion, facilitated by The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network, on how to build capacity for effective…

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Added by Anne Sophie Lambert on June 18, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Victims of Corruption

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Last week at the OpenGovHub- the Accountability Lab’s home- we listened to two heavyweights in the fight against corruption: Frank Vogl, Co-founder of both Transparency International and The Partnership for Transparency Fund; and…

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Added by Anne Sophie Lambert on February 7, 2013 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Useful Versus Useless Transparency

Transparency has frequently been cited as a cure to corruption. Freedom of information has been declared a universal human right, with over 70 countries adopting it as such to date.

However, as Albert Einstein once said, “Not everything that counts can be measured and not everything that can be measured counts.”…

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Added by Anne Sophie Lambert on January 11, 2013 at 2:00am — No Comments

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