“Reconceptualizing Accountability through ‘Accountapreneurship’,” World Bank, DC

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. Committed change-makers know best how to transform their communities, but without basic governance in place this is very difficult. They need transparent and uniform rules for building wealth where they live, decision-making that has the full backing of the law, and the tools to make sure power is used properly. Things can be different.

The Accountability Lab has developed a new entrepreneurial approach to harness the creativity of these citizens and help them change their societies, particularly in fragile contexts such as Liberia and Nepal—we call it “Accountapreneurship.” We are putting our support behind individuals that want to turn their energy and innovation towards governance and transparency in their own communities. We incubate their cost effective, high-impact ideas—through mentorship, networking, training and management support. We empower them to unlock the rich potential for political and economic development in their countries.

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