Proud to be member of Catalyst 2030

The Anti-Corruption Research Center is proud to be a member of the Catalyst 2030 – global movement of social innovators to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). Its aim is to build a broad, self-organising movement of social enterprises, NGOs, funders and other innovators to come together to transform entire systems that hold back millions who live in poverty.

At the current rate of progress, the SDGs will not be achieved until 2094 according to the Social Progress Index. This is 64 years after the deadline set by the UN. The effects of this delay will be devastating for all 17 goals, especially for the climate. In response to this imminent crisis, Catalyst 2030 was conceived.

 What is a systems approach?

A systems approach to change addresses the root causes of social problems and injustices. There are many definitions of systems change. A system is anything organised for a purpose. This could be the human body, a forest, a hospital, a government department, a corporation, a culture, a religion, or a refugee camp.

Systems change is both a process and an outcome. These problems often seem intractable and are embedded in thorny networks of cause and effect. Therefore, systems change is an intentional and thoughtful process designed to fundamentally and profoundly transform the mindsets, power dynamics, customs, rules and structures that cause a system to behave in a certain way.

Stay tuned for more updates on the progress of Catalyst 2030.

CERC established integrity clubs in 20 selected secondary schools in Uvira

Le Centre de Recherche sur Anti-Corruption “CERC” has established Integrity Clubs in 20 secondary schools in Uvira territory in the South-Kivu Province. This effort forms part of the activities under the “Student acting for Honesty, Integrity and Equality (SHINE) Project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) through Integrity Action and its being implemented in 5 countries, including DRC, Nepal, Occupied Territory of Palestine, Afghanistan and Kenya..

This Project aims to promote among school children a civic character that will result into positive civic engagement that promotes integrity and good governance.

This year, In DRC, the project is being implemented in 20 schools across Uvira city within South Kivu province. In all the selected schools 300 trained students are expected to become Community monitors in championing accountability, competence, ethic, inclusion as well anti-corruption behaviours in their schools and their community as whole.

Since April 2017, CERC has been conducting activities in schools and in community benefiting young people between the ages of 14–19. Young people in schools set up Integrity Clubs that are referred as an independent students forum that engage in various activities that include but are not limited to public speaking, mentoring sessions and public services delivery monitoring. The Integrity Club comprises of not more than 18 pupils.

The clubs are led by a commettee of 5 members elected democratically by others students. The IC leaders use the Integrity Club manual that was developed by the Integrity Action. A brief perusal of the manual shows that it contains assignments that the club is expected to conduct. Amongst these assignments is the Community Integrity Building, where the students invite a role model in monitoring transparency and effectiveness of public services and development projects implemented within their community.

Indeed, Integrity Clubs represent an ideal platform for youth empowerment and character building in nurturing an integrity culture. It is hoped that the 20 established ICs in secondary schools will contribute in fostering a corrupt-free society.

To attain more effectiveness in our endeavor, it is a prerequisite that all stakeholders engaged in this venture (such as Head-teachers, IC facilitators and IC members) join forces together for more coordinated and impactful actions.

A new anti-corruption association launched in DRC

We are delighted to announce the launching of the Non-for-Profit Organisation centered on anti-corruption named “Centre de Recherche sur l’Anti-Corruption” in acronym “CERC”, a landmark effort to bring the citizens together to fight against corruption in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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