On May 2017, CERC presented the results of its first conducted Household Corruption Perception Survey, which polled citizens across South-Kivu on their perceptions of the prevalence of diverse types of corruption and their level of awareness of anti-corruption initiatives and institutions.
The survey found that only 15% of respondents believed that corruption is the top priority to be addressed in South-Kivu, and only 40% of respondents believed that corruption is widespread, prior to the velvet revolution. However, despite this overall decrease, 33% of respondents reported an increase in the prevalence of nepotism. In addition, although there is a general intolerance towards corruption, with 70,1% of respondents agreeing that corruption should be eliminated, certain types of corruption continue to be tolerated, such as “thank you” gifts to teachers and doctors. The survey also found low willingness among citizens to report corruption and low awareness of key government institutions responsible for anti-corruption.
To address these gaps, CERC is working to raise public awareness and intolerance of corruption and strengthen public oversight and reporting.