The Accountability Lab is an incubator for the world’s most creative accountability ideas. In Liberia, the team works with innovative people and organizations to develop tools- and the communities around them- that can make power-holders more responsible.
In paving the way to preach accountability messages, the Accountability Lab has trained a group of Young Religious Leaders in Liberia to help spread the message of “Religious contributions in the fight against corruption”. This group is composed of Islamic youth, Christian youth, and other religious youth leading the way in spreading the message about religious tolerance and its impact on the growth of the country.
Liberia is a highly religious country, yet corruption is found in all sectors of the country. The Young Religious Leaders noted that all of the major religions in Liberia teach about tolerance and acceptance, yet this is far from the reality in Liberia. If Liberians actually lived by the word of God that they embrace so deeply on the outside, the economic condition of the country would be much improved. The Young Religious Leaders understand that if they do not take the lead on preaching the gospel of accountability to their congregation, our suffering tomorrow will be more than what it is today. Making Liberia better doesn’t have to depend on those in political power; rather it must start from us. If we start to live the creed of our religions, we will have a better Liberia and everybody will change.
The Young Religious Leaders are based in Logan Town, a community in Monrovia with a population of about 20,000 inhabitants. 70-80% of this population are Christians or Muslims. Out of the total population of Logan Town, 60-75 % of the total youth population comes from low-income families.
Our Religious Tolerance Accountability Project does not aim to convert anyone to a specific religion. Rather, the goal is to make sure that all religious leaders understand the message of accountability and have the tools to effectively incorporate a religious code of accountability into their sermons.