CERC is the Congolese civil society organisation that engages citizens to fight against corruption. It brings people together to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women, and children in Democratic Republic of the Congo. We employ a multiplicity of approaches including:
A Congo in which government, politics, businesses, civil society and citizens are free from corruption.
Our mission is to advance knowledge on the causes and consequences of corruption and support the development of new anti-corruption policies and initiatives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
When key stakeholders understand the real benefits of community monitoring, they tend to take ownership of the process – thus increasing the chances of problem resolution and sustainability. We have had a case of a private contractor proactively contacting community monitors to verify project effectiveness, and community monitors who continue their monitoring visits long after we have completed support with them, to make sure that solutions to problems are implemented and that the project is running well.
We are advocating with the government for civil society organisations to take part in the UNCAC review mechanism. In addition to this, we engage citizens in the monitoring of public services, denouncing corruption and raising awareness about the participation of civil society organisations in the implementation of the UNCAC. We work with the Agency for the Prevention and Fight against Corruption, and the National Financial Intelligence Unit.
CERC has extended its anti-corruption activities at the national level, including in Kinshasa, Kongo-Central and North Kivu, and will extend to other provinces in the next 5 years. Accordingly, the organisation believes it is appropriate to join the UNCAC Coalition in order to participate in and contribute to raising awareness on the role of civil society in the implementation of UNCAC, and to mobilise and work with other in-country coalition members to design and implement joint law enforcement and anti-corruption programmes.
CERC has existed as a non-profit NGO for almost 4 years and we feel that we have valuable experience and knowledge to contribute to the UNCAC implementation review process. CERC is convinced that joining the UNCAC Coalition will be of great benefit to CERC, as the organisation wants to be involved in producing a parallel civil society report and producing a follow-up report of the review process.