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Transparent & Accountable Government is a Human Right

As part of its Transparency & Accountability Program, the Results for Development Institute (R4D) teamed up with Righteous Pictures to produce a series of short films that document the work of three local non-governmental organizations in Uganda and India.  The goal is for the NGOs to utilize these advocacy films as tools for engagement — to educate their communities about their transparency and accountability work, to attract more community participation and to raise visibility on the issues facing each community.

The second film in the series entitled, “Addressing Teacher Absenteeism,” launched today and highlights the work of ANPPCAN, The African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect in Uganda.

Uganda made education a human right for its citizens. In one typical rural district of Uganda almost half of all teachers were absent on any given school day, denying children their right to an education. Instead of blaming teachers and shaming them for laziness, ANPPCAN looked to the children to experiment with a radical solution—training a few student leaders in each school to take attendance of everyone, including teachers.

Check out the video below about ANPPCAN’s student monitoring program, the second of our three-part video series on Transparency & Accountability Program participants.

To learn more visit about ANPPCAN’s monitoring program click here.

Stay tuned next week to learn about the work of another TAP participant that is bringing supply-chain issues to the attention of the Ugandan Government’s free medicines distribution service.

And, in case you missed it, read coverage from Mashable on the first video, about one group’s use of mobile phones to address health worker absenteeism.

Justin Bieber and Schools4All

By @ChristieM

Last night my family and I celebrated my sister’s graduation from high school. We had all the makings of a proper graduation party: cake, gifts, paper graduation hats…and a life size cut out of Justin Bieber. My sister, like a few million other girls in the world, is a die-hard Justin Bieber fan. So the cards of graduation money were tossed aside, and her boyfriend pushed out of the way when the 6 foot tall Biebs cut-out came around the corner.

Her enthusiasm reminded me that today  is the Justin Bieber led, Pencils of Promise Blogging Day of Action! PoP founder Adam Braun is a much loved friend of Righteous Pictures and we are so thrilled to hear that he and Pencils of Promise have already built THIRTY schools around the world. To continue their great work, they have recently teamed up with the Biebs for their Schools4All initiative, which enables individuals and communities to fundraise locally to build schools globally. And we think you should join them.

Why should you do this? PoP gets it. They know that you can’t just go in, throw up four walls, and say you have built a school. They work with local leaders and education officials by listening to their needs, they hire locally for the construction and engage the community in maintaining their school, and they help train teachers to ensure long term success.

We are so proud to join Adam, Justin and the hundreds of other bloggers using our typing skillz for good! If you want Justin Bieber to come to your community, or you just want to help build schools to help provide children in need with an education, please start a fundraiser for your community or donate to one that has already been created at

P.S. “Hide the Bieber” has now become a game in my parents house. So far I have successfully freaked out my stepdad by hiding Bieber in the laundry room, and delighted my sister by hiding Bieber under her bed covers. Currently seeking creative places to hide him next. Any suggestions?