Kamoto Centre

Think tank and Policy Advice for the DRC.

Kamoto Centre is a Public Policy Research, Analysis and Engagement Organizations (also known as Think Tank)

It aim is to play a vital role in the political and policy arenas at the local and national level in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo, My Precious. The Curse of the coltan mines in Congo

Kamoto Centre is a think tank (Vos questions) and lobby group (Lobbying) on Congolese affairs (DRC).

It is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan organisation. Its main goal is to create policy options which decision-makers and opposition leaders can adopt.

Moto: bougie etelemaka se na mayi na yango moko

This grossly translate to: ‘A candle remains static holding on own wax’. Congolese proverb meaning ‘self-efficacy is key to success’.

 

Activities

The Main activity of our organisation is to generate influential ideas on building a prosperous, stable and secure  Congo (DRC) through

  • gathering facts on the DRC through research and providing an independent analysis
  • promoting and facilitating informed debates
  • creating influence through lobbying, publishing, educational programmes and media commentary.

Our focus: Facts/Analysis/Impact

 

Kamoto name originates from the Kamoto mines, vaste reserve of copper and cobalt at the west of Musonoi (Katanga Province).

 

 

First and Leading think tank on Congolese (DRC) affairs

 

Kamoto Centre is a Public Policy Research, Analysis and Engagement Organization (also known as Think Tank). Its mission is to play a vital role in the political and policy arenas at the local and national level in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

 

Kamoto Centre has created and supports a lobby group named Shinkolobwe, 'The Hub'.
Shinkolobwe is a independent body to KC but operates to fulfill the main goal of the mother-organisation.
For the interests of all parties involved in lobbying, its membership and activities are not published.
Members of 'The Hub' adhere to a strict code of ethics and conducts.
Shinkolobwe fully respects constitutional rules and laws of the DRC and countries were its cells operate and globally accepted Human Rights.
It is supporter of non-violence and regime change through democracy.
Membership of 'The Hub' is by invitation only and has no direct connection to Kamoto Centre.

Fields of interest.

Kamoto Centre policy interest and making structures around six areas:

  • Democracy, Leadership and Good Governance
  • Law and civil rights
  • Security and Protection of populations
  • Healthcare and Environment
  • Economics and Finances
  • Education, Culture and Society

FIGHTING CORRUPTION: THE ROLE OF THE ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION

A well-financed and independent anti-corruption agency or commission can be a strong weapon in the fight against corruption. They need support, however, from both the government, judiciary and law enforcement if they are to do their jobs.

Above all they need independence: they need to establish their credentials as independent investigators dedicated to fighting corruption both inside and outside government.

The first anti-corruption commission was set up in Singapore in 1952, followed by Malaysia and Hong Kong, giving Asia the reputation as the “cradle” of anti-corruption agencies (ACAs). Today there are nearly 150 such entities throughout the world.

ACAs often emerge in a context of corruption scandals. They are formed through broad political consensus and are regarded by most stakeholders as the ultimate response to corruption. However, they can find themselves at the centre of political controversy if they decide to investigate those in power.

 GOOD PRACTICE

Set of standards and principles on what makes a good anti-corruption commission or agency  includes:

  • A broad and clear mandate: ACAs should have a clear mandate to tackle corruption through prevention, education, awareness raising, investigation and prosecution.
  • Legally guaranteed permanence: Anti-corruption commissions ought to be established by a proper and stable legal framework, such as a constitution or a special law, to ensure the permanence of the institution.
  • Neutral appointment of ACA heads: Heads of anti-corruption commissions should be appointed through a process that ensures their independence, impartiality, neutrality, integrity, apolitical stance and competence.
  • Removal of ACA heads and leadership continuity: It is essential for the independence of anti-corruption commissions that their heads have security of tenure and can only be dismissed through a procedure established by law.
  • Ethical conduct and governance: ACAs ought to adopt codes of conduct that set high standards of ethical conduct for their employees and have a solid compliance regime.

Transparency International supports the creation of ACAs to help in the fight against corruption, and calls on governments to support and protect these institutions to fulfil their mandates by ensuring that they are given the independence and resources to do their jobs effectively. 

During political crises it is important that no side tries to hijack the agenda of the anti-corruption commission and that the work is allowed to continue free from threats and intimidation.

(Primary source of the text: Transparency International).

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01.11 | 09:54

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