OUR ACCOUNTABILITY INCUBATOR
The Incubator is our flagship program for young civil society leaders to build sustainable, effective tools for accountability, participation and open government. The Accountability Incubator provides a non-prescriptive, supportive environment for creative, enterprising individuals with innovative ideas to inspire accountability in their communities.
Selected “accountapreneurs” receive 12 months of hands-on, comprehensive support including: training and knowledge-building, mentoring, network building, media outreach and storytelling support.
Applications for our 2022 Accountability Incubator are now closed and we look forward to introducing our successful accountapreneurs soon.
Young Liberian activist Miatta Mulbah brought her small anti-rape NPO to our Accountability Incubator. We helped Miatta build Leemah into an organisation that successfully uses music and street theater to advocate against sexual harassment and abuse on behalf of girls in Montserrado and Margibi counties.
Mujtaba Zaidi Hassan founded Discovering New Artists (DNA), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education through arts to children in Pakistan. With the support of the Accountability Incubator, he pivoted the initiative to focus on ideas of civic engagement and responsibility within Pakistani society.
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IMPACT TO DATE
More than 100 accountapreneurs have passed through our incubators, with ideas ranging from integrity watch groups at primary schools; to building networks of music artists pushing for integrity; to tools using blockchain to secure elections.
Changes the accountapreneurs have created include: pushing for budgets to be allocated to schools more effectively (Pakistan); changes to policies implemented by mining companies (Liberia); and the resolution of hundreds of accountability problems for migrants (Nepal).
To be eligible for the Accountability Incubator, you must:
Be the founder/CEO or primary decision-maker for the organization’s development and management;
Have an original idea that impacts accountability and transparency;
Have a startup idea or an idea in the pilot or Minimum Viable Product (MVP) phase;
Be at least 18-years-old at the start of the program;
Demonstrate the Accountability Lab’s values;
Submit the application by the specified deadline on September 30th, 2021 before 11:59PM EST;
Reside in DRC, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Uganda, or Zimbabwe.
THE IDEA PROPOSED BY THE CANDIDATE SHOULD BE:
Context-Specific: Does the idea demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the community it will support?
Feasible: How likely is it that the idea proposed will be achieved over time? Creative: Is the idea for accountability truly innovative?
Sustainable: Does the candidate have a plan for how the project can continue over time? Is the idea designed to have a long-term impact?
Scalable: Will the idea create a model for accountability that could be expanded to other communities?
*The applicant/project/idea must not be grounded in or focused on a specific political agenda or party.