Through its fellowship program, Echoing Green seeks to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Over the past 25 years, it has invested over $31 million in seed funding in nearly 600 social entrepreneurs (Echoing Green Fellows) and their innovative organizations across the globe. The program has provided critical, early-stage support to acclaimed organizations, such as Teach for America and Citizen Schools, and we are happy to see that this leader in the social enterprise field has added accountability to its agenda.
Accountability Lab believes that a lack of accountability is at the root of all development challenges—including poverty, exclusion and instability. 2.6 billion dollars (more than 17 times what the world spends on international aid) and countless opportunities and lives, are lost each year due to corruption. The Lab works to empower citizens to change the status quo and build tools for integrity and anti-corruption in their communities.
The Lab's small but committed team looks for innovative local change-makers (or as we call them “accountapreneurs”) and provides them the catalytic support they need to develop low-cost, high-impact ideas to hold power-holders accountable. Recent initiatives include the development of the first ever film school in Liberia; and a popular portal to crowd-source information on public services in Nepal. Last month, the Lab also led the development of an OpenGov Hub in Nepal to encourage a collaborative movement for change. In addition, the Lab is reinventing the way that organizations can function through radical transparency; oral reporting that fits the context; creative outreach campaigns; and alternative revenue models.
During the two-year Echoing Green fellowship, Blair will receive $80,000 in funding to support the work of the Accountability Lab, participation in leadership development gatherings, and access the powerful network of Echoing Green Fellows, partners, and friends. This support will allow the Lab to scale-up existing initiatives in Liberia and Nepal; expand to other contexts in West Africa and South Asia; build out earned income streams to support sustainability; and improve monitoring and evaluation processes. We are excited to see the growth that this fellowship opportunity will bring.
As Blair notes, “recognition from Echoing Green shows how far our work has come, but we have a long way to go. This is only the beginning of our efforts to build a movement for accountability around the world.”
Huge congratulations to Accountability Lab and to Blair! We're so happy to have you here at the OpenGov Hub.