Invest aid locally—where it lasts
Alfred Sirleaf, citizen journalist and founder of The Daily Talk, gives comment on current events in Liberia - including the deadly Ebola outbreak - via a blackboard newspaper on a busy intersection in Monrovia, Liberia in July 2014. AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh US foreign aid works best as a tool in the hands of the right local leaders—those who stand up for accountability, make demands of government, and get results.
Residents of Chinique de las Flores, Guatemala wanted to improve their water system, but ended up unearthing and confronting corruption instead.
A proposed cybercrime law in Cambodia would limit the voice of everyday citizens, but people like Sorn Ramana are fighting for basic rights like free speech.
To get health care, the people of Chabu, Tanzania crossed a rope bridge over a crocodile-inhabited river. That is, until Catherine Mulaga came to town.
As Ghana negotiated a bailout from the IMF, civil society leaders like Albert Kan-Dapaah demanded a national dialogue on fiscal discipline – to make sure citizens’ voices were heard.
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Americans don’t want their foreign aid to be lost to corruption—or worse, to fuel corruption. But traditional top-down, donor-driven approaches have failed to deliver lasting results. The US needs new ways to help people hold their governments accountable.
More stories of people building accountability in their nations and neighborhoods
, founder of MEDIA MOGUL Alfred Sirleaf Liberia’s Daily Talk, describes his chalkboard newspaper as "keeping everyone in the system on their toes and aware of what is happening” in the wake of Ebola. Read the feature story or download the briefing note .
INTEGRITY IDOL Gyan Mani Nepal sets a course for school reforms in Nepal (and becomes a national celebrity along the way!) Read more.
says “Reforms bring hope in Africa’s pursuit of equitable growth.” LEGAL EXPERT Jacqueline Musiitwa Read more.
is protecting the health of people in rural communities across Malawi. BELTWAY OUTSIDER Martha Kwataine Read more, download the briefing note, or see Kwataine’s op-ed on The Hill's Congress Blog, “Foreign Aid: A Beltway Outsider Perspective.”
is ending conflict and violence in the Philippines. PEACE NEGOTIATOR Delia Salminang Read more or download the briefing note.
is making budgets in Rwanda more transparent. TRANSPARENCY CRUSADER Alexis Nkurunziza Read more or download the briefing note.
is enabling women to speak powerfully to improve health and education in Bangladesh. COMMUNITY LEADER Majeda Begum Shiru Read more or download the briefing note.
is leveraging a tiny investment of US foreign aid to ensure the success of an early-stage, high-potential startup. VENTURE CAPITALIST Emiliana Aligaesha Read more or download the briefing note.
is training fishermen and protect jobs and the environment in Abuesi, Ghana. JOB CREATOR Kojo Kondua IV Read more or download the briefing note.
is budgeting for a sound future for his community in the Peruvian Amazon. FISCAL HAWK Manuel Dominguez Read more or download the briefing note.
is empowering his fellow Kenyans to keep tabs on their tax dollars and to ensure their public officials make the grade. TAX TRUSTEE Michael Otieno Read more.