Accountability Lab - Liberia
Twitter : @fraela79
Summary of Francis Egu Lansana Profile
I am a civil society leader in a country that was significantly damaged by 14 years of civil unrest. My passion for community participation and human development studies is inspired by humanitarian groups and world leaders who strive for global stability. Liberia faces immense challenges on its road to sustainable development including widespread citizen distrust of government and the rehabilitation of social service sectors and the younger generations who overwhelmingly comprise Liberia’s population.
I am a Resident for Accountability, an incubator for young people to build accountability in their societies based in Monrovia, Liberia. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in Sociology from the University of Liberia, where I played an active role as Secretary of the Sociology and Anthropology Students Association, and a Volunteer Advisor for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Currently, as a Country Resident of the Accountability Lab, I take a leading role in working with the incubatees to advance Liberia through increased accountability at all levels of society. I monitor the implementation of approximately 10 innovative projects, providing training and capacity-building support to the incubatees and project beneficiaries. I am the lead figure responsible for submitting monthly reports to our headquarters in Washington DC. I participate in several development-focused steering committees and regularly convene and host public events. My planning and organizing ensures that the Lab produces results in a difficult operating environment. I also currently serve as a Co-chair on the Open Government Partnership steering committee in Liberia, representing the Civil Society Organization (CSOs).
In 1997, I returned to Liberia from Guinea where I was as a refugee during Liberia’s prolonged civil war. I found that many of my peers had dropped out of school and faced huge social challenges. Before the war, I wanted to be a medical doctor, but soon I realised I could be an agent of social change- so I studied social sciences with the hope of supporting peace in Liberia. I worked to find civil society organizations and eagerly volunteered my time to support trust and understanding in my community. Soon after the Accountability Lab began working in Liberia and asking young people about accountability challenges, I volunteered to help in the Monrovia office. After graduating from the University, I decided to join Accountability Lab’s team full-time. Since then I been working to spread the idea of accountability and integrity across the country.
My work brings me into interaction with creative and hard-working Liberians on a daily basis. I see their potential as well as the institutional challenges they face in using their skills and creativity in an environment that lacks quality training opportunities.
Hence, my participation into this conference would give me the opportunity to share with other participants an indepth analysis perspective of the citizens about OGP; CSOs and government co-creation and implementation; challenges and success stories. This will enhance all of us to collective get engage with finding solutions in making OGP a better global movement.
The following blog posts and articles I have written on media Community Justice Teams, nation-building, open government partnership and accountability film-making provide information on how I support the Accountability Lab in Liberia. For more general information on Accountability Lab, read here and you can also visit us on facebook here and on twitter here.