The potential of young people to collectively improve governance outcomes around the world is huge- but development-as-usual approaches are failing to engage this generation in meaningful processes of change. The Accountability Lab’s new strategy lays out a different path forward- through field-building efforts that mobilize popular culture to shift values, a focus on accountability agents rather than actions, and an emphasis on creating positive youth coalitions for reform.
Join us to hear from Blair Glencorse, Executive Director of the Accountability Lab, as he explains how the Lab is implementing this new strategy, the challenges an approach of this type involves and how youth-driven accountability efforts may evolve over time. He will be joined by Nada Zohdy and Narayan Adhikari who will provide country level perspective and feedback.
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About our guest experts
Blair Glencorse is Executive Director of the Accountability Lab, an organization leading a movement for youth-driven accountability around the world. The Lab has done everything from working with rappers in Liberia around elections, to developing street theater on issues of corruption in Pakistan, to founding a global TV show to “name and fame” honest government officials, called Integrity Idol. Blair is also an Advisory Committee Member of the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) at the World Economic Forum and the co-founder of TEDxMonrovia and TEDxBamako.
Nada Zohdy joined the OpenGov Hub in September 2015. As Director she oversees all strategy, operations, and programs to promote collaboration, innovation and learning across the Hub network of 40 member organizations. In 2015 she received a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Pforzheimer Nonprofit Fellow and focused on linking democracy/governance with social entrepreneurship/innovation. Nada was a consultant for the OECD through her applied Master’s thesis, which analyzed the opinions of 100 local civil society groups about open government reforms in Tunisia. She also performed research on nonprofit collaborations, published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. From 2011-2013, Nada was Founding Program Coordinator for Civil Society Partnerships at The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). There she created and led an unprecedented program that supported a dozen local watchdogs and think tanks in several transitioning Arab countries in the wake of the Arab Spring. Nada is currently a board member for Rhize, an organization supporting people-powered social movements around the world. Read more about Nada
Narayan Adhikari studied forestry, but rejected a post as a Forest Ranger when he realized the corrupt nature of the Nepalese bureaucracy. Instead, he joined a youth movement and environmental group to teach rural communities how to use renewable energy for sustainable livelihoods, and worked as the Executive Director of Youth Initiative in Nepal. After ten years Narayan helped set up and lead the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network (GYAC). He then joined the Accountability Lab, registered it as a local Nepali organization, and worked to expand it to other countries in the region. Narayan was recently honored as an Atlas Corps Think Tank (LINKS) Fellow in Washington DC. He is a graduate of Stanford Business School’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders and the International Anti-Corruption Academy, and one of Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders.