CERC is the Congolese civil society organization that engage citizens to fight against corruption. It brings people together to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women, and children in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Corruption in Democratic Republic of the Congo has pervaded almost every sector of public life, with a system of patronage well entrenched in society.
Realizing the need to strengthen and expand global cooperation and solidarity between and among all stakeholders in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to advance the broader development agenda, a group of volunteer Congolese professionals who come from law sector, international and local organizations funded the Centre de Recherche sur l’Anti-Corruption “CERC”. They brought diverse and extensive experience and expertise in development, capacity building, and financial management, as well as governance and anti-corruption.
The mission of CERC is to work together with individuals and institutions at all levels to promote integrity and reduce corruption in DRC through the following areas:
- Promote individual and institutional best practices and integrity in their day-to-day performance through education and sharing of good models and examples.
- Empower community members to actively engage in monitoring development processes.
- Advocate for positive changes toward a corruption free society.
CERS’s vision is for Congolese’s to live in a society free of corruption. Our mission is to work together with individuals and institutions at all levels to promote integrity and reduce corruption in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Our core values include integrity, accountability, transparency, solidarity, justice and democracy.
Our approach is to work across four interdependent areas including people, values, institutions and laws. Establishing itself to be a movement against corruption, we believe that people are fundamental to our work and we must promote public demand for integrity. As we seek sustained change we clearly recognize that ethics and values are key drivers, and we must educate people to live with their highest ethical values.
We know that effective law enforcement is crucial to prevent a culture of impunity. We also believe that institutions across our societies must improve their transparency, in order to counter corruption and provide accountability to all.
The Board of Directors
. The Board of Directors is the supreme governance body of the organization. The Board of Directors has 7 members elected by the the Annual General Assembly. The Board Members comprising of the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and 3 members.
The Board meets quarterly. Its role is one of governance and strategic oversight. It approves the budget, operational and strategic plans, appoints the Chair and Chief Executive, and approves overall policy in relation to staff employment. The Board contributes in many ways to particular aspects of CERC’s work, for example through ad-hoc committees and advising on fundraising.
The Executive Direction
The Executive Direction ensure the daily management or operations of the CERC.
- Innovation : Pursuing new creative ideas that have the potential to change the world.
- Integrity : Acting with honesty and honor without compromising the truth.
- Diversity: Embrace cross-cultural diversity – Adaptable, anti-religious, racial, tribal embracing cultural differences, open to new experiences.
- Community: Contributing to community and demonstrating corporate social responsibility
- Accountability: Acknowledging and assuming responsibility for actions, programs, decisions, and policies.
- Empowerment : Encouraging employees and other stakeholders to take initiative and give the best.