The Accountapreneurship Funds harness the creativity of citizens to solve problems in their own communities. They aim to:
Identify Accountapreneurs (individuals, groups or organizations that demonstrate an entrepreneurial approach to accountability issues) through a long-term process of relationship-building on the ground, and act as a sounding board for the development of ideas;
Provide catalytic grants to these Accountapreneurs to test small-scale, innovative and sustainable ways to improve accountability and transparency;
Support effective implementation of low-cost, high-impact ideas through training, mentoring, and networking with other Accountapreneurs and experts on issues of corruption and integrity;
Ensure sustainability by connecting Accountapreneurs to additional local and national funding sources, and supporting the dissemination of these ideas to help others.
With support from the Accountability Lab, Accountapreneurs are developing trust and interdependence with people in power, and unlocking the rich potential for political and economic development.
In Nepal, the Lab has trained and supported a team of Accountapreneurs to crowd-source information through volunteer networks. The result is a popular data portal for citizens, giving them the information they need to make responsible decisions about public services.
In Liberia, the Lab provided guidance and know-how to a group of Accountapreneurs to resolve legal disputes in a unique way. The team is collaborating with the police and commissioner’s office to refer cases to community mediators, while coordinating with volunteers and town criers to bring parties together to solve cases.