|Taking the Fight against Corruption to Communities|
Community engagement is an important element in CENTAL's fight against all forms of corruption in Liberia. We envision 2008 as "The Year of Community Engagement." Our interaction with communities have been worthwhile as we shared with community dwellers, their leaders and local government officials information about what is corruption; its effects and how we can all rally to fight a problem that undermines our fight against poverty.
The programs we have implemented and are implementing help us strengthen our interact with the community. The establishment of Integrity Clubs (iClubs) across Liberia in communities, schools and universities is an important element in the bid to decentralize CENTAL's activities and build a cadre of advocators and researchers at the sub-national level.
CENTAL's iClub establishment builds integrity at the grassroots in communities by utilizing instruments of progress such as schools and universities and helps reinvent personal ethical standards and trap unethical behavior by individuals in the public and private sector. Building integrity in the communities, schools and universities through the establishment of integrity clubs (iClub) provide a logical way to attack corruption at its roots.
The launch of "Talk on Corruption with CENTAL" interactive forum which allows an engagement with communities to discussion about corruption presents a glorious opportunity for CENTAL to gauge views among varied stakeholders in the society so as to inform the fight against corruption. The response to this outreach has been splendid and over time more communities will be engaged.