EISA DRC (2004-2011): Anti-corruption struggle

 

2011: Anti-corruption strategies supported

After the 2006 elections, CSOs and governmental bodies contributed to the fight against corruption, notwithstanding the difficult climate in which their actions took place, through the drafting of anti-corruption laws and rules. CSOs conducted anti-corruption campaigns resulting in some cases of corruption being sanctioned, such as leaders of public enterprises being sacked and jailed. In some cases, Cabinet ministers were dismissed pending investigation.

A major achievement was the drafting and adoption by CSOs of an Anti-Corruption Action Plan. This strategy included "naming and shaming" and support to whistle-blowers in denouncing corruption, enabling CSOs to play a watchdog role as well as lobbying for the adoption of a good governance national legal framework. The DRC CSOs have always been vocal and this programme has enabled them to contribute to a gradual change in the country's approach to governance.

EISA also supported the government agency, Office Congolaise Pour l'Ethique Professionnelle (OCEP), in charge of developing improved anti-corruption strategies. This support was expressed through consultations and advice to this agency on matters pertaining to corruption in the public and private sectors and supporting them in developing strategies to address corruption.

2010; Promoting transparent, accountable and responsive governance

One of the major achievements during 2010 with respect to strengthening good governance was the adoption of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, the first of its kind in the country. EISA was one of the key partners along with Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNO DC), and the South African Government. EISA encouraged an open, inclusive and consultative process through workshops with CSOs, experts, review meetings, the involvement of different Government Portfolio ministries, and provided permanent support to Observatoire Congolais de l'Ethique Professionnelle (OCEP) through funding, expert facilitation of interactive meetings, and monitoring the drafting process of the anticorruption strategy.

Some of the CSOs that EISA supported in the process of developing the Anti-Corruption Strategy found that the EISA processes enabled them, through the development of critical engagement and subject related skills, to be able to make submissions to Parliament on four critical laws tabled in Parliament namely: the Judicial Organic law (Projet de loi organique portant Code de l'organisation et des compétences des juridictions de l'ordre judiciaire), the Financial Act (Projet organique de la loi financière), the Law on the Management and Protection of the Environment (Projet de loi -cadre sur la gestion et la protection de l'environnement), and the Law on the Organisation and Functioning of the Education Sector (Projet de loi portant organisation et fonctionnement de l'Enseignement National).

EISA's work in the provinces on the Anti-Corruption Strategy enabled CSOs to design their own strategic plans for the fight against corruption based on their specific provincial contexts. Following the crafting of their anti-corruption strategies with EISA's facilitation, CSOs in South Kivu and Bandundu were able to highlight the mismanagement and unethical behavior of their respective Governors, leading to their removal from office. This was a major achievement and strengthened and encouraged CSOs to continue their campaigns for greater accountability in governance.

EISA in the DRC was in partnership with other organisations in supporting the fight against corruption. Among EISA 's key partners is the UN Mission (MONUS CO) in Congo, which, with EISA, supported CSOs in the drafting and adoption of the first ever National CSO Charter.