MIT GOV/LAB Alumni
Varja was a Research Scientist at MIT GOV/LAB, working to bridge the academic and practitioner worlds through support to southern-based practitioner (civil society) organizations working on Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP). This included development and strengthening of organizational learning methods and frameworks, sharpening of theoretical underpinnings of the program, and co-design and implementation of evaluation and research portfolios. Prior to joining GOV/LAB, Varja led the Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation portfolio at Twaweza East Africa, a non-governmental organization focusing on producing evidence for accountability and action in the domains of basic education and open government. Before Twaweza, Varja worked for international non-governmental organizations and the World Health Organization (WHO) focusing on public health in a variety of contexts, including Central and Eastern Europe, South East Asia, and South America. Varja holds a PhD from Tulane University.
News May 2018
Fostering Learning and Effectiveness through Collaboration: A New Collaborative on Transparency, Accountability, and Participation
MIT GOV/LAB is excited to join the Learning Collaborative as a resource organization working with practitioners on transparency, participation, and accountability.
News March 2018
Twaweza learns, and so do we
A few highlights from Twaweza’s Evidence and Ideas event where MIT GOV/LAB presented research on elections and access to information in East Africa.
News March 2017
Taking the Mystery out of Access to Information in Kenya
MIT GOV/LAB and Twaweza sent "mystery shoppers" to 45 of 47 counties across Kenya to request public information from local government offices.
News September 2018
Varja Joins MIT GOV/LAB After Six Years at Twaweza
As GOV/LAB’s first practitioner in residence, Varja Lipovsek will support partner learning in transparency, participation, and accountability.