CERC is an independent organization dedicated to stopping corruption by building integrity. 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. .
Our programs help youth engage in the planning and monitoring of government programs in their communities. Youth gain and share knowledge to help communities make decisions, along with the skills to constructively engage, with authorities and hold public officials accountable. Increased youth participation also means more public oversight and less opportunity for corruption.
For youth to exercise effective accountability, they need a set of standards that those responsible are expected to meet, indicators against which performance is measured, and monitoring frameworks to produce data that assesses performance. Most of our programs use community monitoring on the quality of services to improve their effectiveness in achieving intended results, involving a range of instruments, including citizen reports and community scorecards, citizen budget monitoring and expenditure tracking, and using media pressure.
Our programs encourage dialogue between youth and their governments. Youth and service providers commonly have a shared objective of improving the quality of public services. Many of our programs focus on improving citizen feedback to service providers, supported by hard evidence and data and the preparation of authorities to receive citizen feedback. The result is better communication, better decision making, and better development results.