Student Engagement for Better Education Service Delivery in South-Kivu

For the past three years, Centre de Recherche sur l’Anti-Corruption has been promoting integrity and transparency across the South-Kivu’s educational establishments, with the support of the Integrity Action. As part of this support, more than 500 students have been empowered to engage more with school management boards in improving education services in schools. Integrity Clubs facilitate students’ engagement in and monitoring of the quality of education service delivery in South-Kivu. February 10, 2020 – Improving the quality of education is a priority for Centre de Recherche sur l’Anti-Corruption (CERC). With support from the Integrity Action-financed project “Student Acting for Honesty, Integrity…

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“We have made significant strides in the field of anti-corruption” Heri Bitamala

Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in corrupt behavior in all public sectors. Media, on national scale is saturated with stories of corruption involving leaders from government, the private sector and civil society. We have witnessed an increase of corruption cases in the mining sector, as well as the continuing threat against those who are brave enough to denounce corruption. In our country, we have also observed how the abuse of power and the misappropriation of public funds can jeopardize development and democracy. It is for this reason that we have realized the need for…

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MORE than 100 young people marched against corruption in South-Kivu

Uvira, 9 December 2019 MORE than a 100 young people on Monday marched to the Uvira Town Hall headquarters to hand over a memorandum of demands to the Mayor Kiza Muhato and transmit several copies to Provinvial and Central Government. The protest was organised by Centre de Recherche sur l’Anti-Corruption in collaboration with Cercle des Jeunes dans la Region des Grands-Lacs (CEDEJ) in response to high-level corruption in education and key social sectors, and to mark International Anti-corruption Day. The protestors led by both organisation handed over the memorandum of demands, which included a demand for government intervention…

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Strengthening Social Accountability in the Education Sector in DR Congo

CERC believes that when citizens meaningfully participate in decision-making and service providers engage with them seriously, access and quality of services for the poor will improve. In Democratic Republic of the Congo, CERC is using the Community Integrity Building combined with technology to allow school service users such as students and community members to firstly, meaningfully participate in monitoring school buildings, teacher absenteeism and provision of learning resources at schools and secondly, facilitate spaces for these citizens and the education service providers to engage seriously. The aim is for school facilities to be safe and adequate,…

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Congolese citizens become actors in the fight against corruption

On January 2018, we launched the Corruption Reporting Center based on the Advocacy and Legal Advice Center (ALAC) model developed by Transparency International (TI), implemented in more than 30 countries throughout the world, and adapted to the specificities of the Congolese context. The ALAC project has permitted CERC to mobilize pro bono lawyers in charge of handling corruption cases. Programs on local radio stations have also broadened the reach of ALAC to people living outside the Uvira city. For the year 2018 more specifically, 193 people contacted our ALAC to obtain legal advice. These contacts were made via our…

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