12 senior education officials attend consultative workshop in Kinshasa to discuss accountability and anti-corruption issues in the education sector

As part of the “Students Acting for Accountability and Quality Education in DRC” project, CERC held a second consultative workshop with 12 senior officials of the Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education to discuss the challenges of transparency and accountability in the education sector.

Embedding Integrity clubs in secondary schools as well the integrity education manual in the national curriculum were at the heart of discussion with these senior officials, who supported and praised this innovative approach to instilling integrity values in school-age children.

Diverse other topics were discussed, including the deployment in the coming months of our mobile application “EduCheck” allowing students to collect data on transparency, on students and parents participation in school management and on education services delivery challenges in their own schools.

Closing the session, participants praised the integrity building project implemented by CERC in South Kivu since 2017 and its extension in Kinshasa schools where corruption has taken up residence. They also recommended broadening discussions with other government bodies such as the Ministry of Budget and the Ministry of Finance, stressing that they are much more concerned with the financing of the education sector.

DYNTRA and CERC launched an online Municipal Transparency Portal

Uvira, February 7, 2018 — The Dynamic OpenGov Technologies (DYNTRA) and Centre de Recherche sur l’Anti-Corruption (CERC) today (February 2018) launched an online Municipal Transparency Portal to measures in real time the transparency level of the 191 municipalities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a dynamic, efficient, transparent, open and collaborative way.

DYNTRA Municipalities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been developed with support from the Dynamic OpenGov Technologies SL. As such, I cannot but thank Mr Erwin De Grave, Dyntra’s International Relations Director and his entire team for their commitment in promoting transparency worlwide.

This Portal represents much more than the development of a mechanism for promoting transparency, accountability and control regarding the public accounts of the municipalities in DRC.

This Portal represents the true transformation of our municipalities, particularly in Public Administration, Budget Transparency, Citizen Participation and transparency in public expenditures, which “step by step” will adopt new efficiencies, innovation and accountability standards.

“Today’s launch is an important addition to our efforts in helping citizens to have access to information about their municipalities.” “By gathering and publishing all the relevant information regarding municipal transparency, it means that we can enable local communities to use the site to view transparency level of their municipalities and influence their municipalities to account.”

Heri Bitamala, CEO, Centre de Recherche sur l’Anti-Corruption

Information entered in Dyntra Portal will be provided by volunteers having access to the municipalities data and then verified by CERC Verifiers. This information will then be available for all public.

That being said, and since in this case images speak louder than words, let us all log on to the Dyntra Portal and witness another major step in our Country’s path towards Transparency.

I officially launch the DYNTRA Portal,

Thank you very much!