Based in Serbia, the Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (Centar za Istraživanje, Transparentnost i Odgovornost, CRTA) is a non-governmental organization established in 2002. Originally called the Liberal Network, the group aims to contribute to the successful transition of Serbia into a developed democratic society through the promotion of active citizenship.  The  CRTA is an organization of youth with wide experience in civic activism, journalism and politics who share an interest in ensuring decision makers are accountable to citizens. Activities include monitoring the work of public officials, advocating for transparent and responsible government leadership, and educating on the concepts of civic and public responsibility. For the 2012 pre-election period, the CRTA organized the “Truth-o-Meter” debate program, “Let’s be Honest”,  which was part of a broader elections project called “Candidate, the Truth” suported by The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and The National Endowment for Democracy. The project was launched with the aim of increasing the accountability of local politicians, building a culture of debate and political dialogue and greater participation of citizens by increasing interest in the election process. Over 45 days, the Truth-o-Meter team covered 5,000 km and held 14 debates – one national, two regional, one for youth and 11 municipal debates. The forums involved 75 political party representatives, 70 members of the media and were attended by 1,600 citizens. Five Truth-o-Meter debates were also organized after the elections to promote accountability by elected officials. | Website | Facebook |