The Accountability Lab was founded in early 2012 as an effort to work with young people to develop new ideas for accountability, transparency and open government. It has evolved into a global network of local Accountability Labs that are finding new ways to shift societal norms, solve intractable challenges and build “unlikely networks” for change.

OUR VISION AND MISSION

Our vision is a world in which citizens are active, leaders are responsible and institutions are accountable. It is a world in which resources are used wisely, decisions benefit everyone fairly, and people lead secure lives. Our mission is, therefore, to make governance work for people through supporting active citizens, responsible leaders and accountable institutions.

THE LAB HAS A THREE-PRONGED APPROACH TO BUILDING ACCOUNTABILITY

VALUE-SHIFTING CAMPAIGNS

We change mindsets and support accountability champions through popular, positive campaigns inside and outside governments. Through Integrity Icon, music competitions and SDG16 Innovation Challenges, we shift discussions around accountability from negative conversations to constructive actions.

TRAINING AND COLLABORATIVE SPACES

We equip reformers for collective action – both inside and outside government. This entails giving them the knowledge and tools they need to push for better governance through training and learning. Through our Accountability Incubators, Integrity Innovation Labs and other global training programs, we’re growing and connecting an impactful network for responsible leaders in the countries we work in.

ECOSYSTEM BUILDING

We promote collaboration around accountability and open governance by supporting community feedback loops (through Civic Action Teams); developing thematic co-working spaces (including OpenGov Hubs in Nepal, Mali and Pakistan; and an affiliate hub, called iCampus, in Liberia) and sharing learning among organizations and individuals within our networks. The idea is to build greater capacity for joint action and a collective identity for accountability agents of change.

25mil+

Viewers, listeners, voters in campaigns

270,000+

Individuals reached through programs

90

Integrity Icons Identified,
celebrated and supported

97

Accountapreneurs trained, mentored
and supported

$9.5mil

Raised for programs and growth
across 7 countries

$500,000

Raised for Accountapreneurs