Aware and concerned that corruption diverts funds from essential services such as health care, education, access to clean water, sanitation and have a major impediment to the government’s ability to meet citizens’ basic needs, Heri Bitamala founded CERC in November 2016 to address these issues by empowering citizens through training and citizen participation so that they are able to fight corruption and strengthen accountability in the delivery of development projects and public services in their own communities.
At CERC, we believe in the power and potential of youth to create solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
Driven by this belief, our mission is to support youth to create positive change towards a more accountable, open, inclusive, corruption free society. We do this by providing skills development, capacity building and technical supports.
What we do
CERC’s actions are based on youth participation.
Our programs help citizens participate in the planning and monitoring of projects funded by government and international agencies in their communities. We believe that their involvement in this process is crucial to prevent corruption and mismanagement.
Our programs encourage dialogue between citizens and their governments. Citizens and service providers generally share a common goal: to improve the quality of public services. Greater citizen participation also means more public scrutiny and less opportunity for corruption.
Community Feedback Mechanism. Most of our programs use technological tools to enable citizens and service users to share their findings with service providers, involving a range of instruments, including DevelopmentCheck and FieldApp.