IACA´s first International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy (IACSA) successfully concluded on 9 July. Seventy anti-corruption practitioners and more than a dozen academics and panel speakers took part in the ten-day course of study.
They came from various cultural backgrounds encompassing all corners of the globe, representing governmental entities, anti-corruption bodies, international institutions, NGOs and the private sector.
Comprising numerous fields of study, IACSA´s lectures and workshops ranged from private sector compliance to the application of psychology and sociology to understanding corruption. Panel discussions were led by a variety of experts, including members of IACA´s International Senior Advisory Board, and focused on the relationship between corruption, the media, and education, as well as the strategic challenges in fighting corruption. During the programme, participants examined the changing social complexity of corruption in a globalized world, and worked towards finding strategies to the bridging of the gap between practice and science.
The inter-disciplinary nature of IACSA and the variety of training opportunities it offered were highly welcomed by the participants. For Ruba Qalyoubi, Associate Director of the Executive Affairs Authority of the United Arab Emirates, the greatest benefit of attending such a course of study was “having a platform for professionals from different jurisdictions to exchange ideas, gain academic information, and learn about international standards”. Furthermore, Jude Solomon Devesi, Programme Team Leader at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), emphasized the importance of the variety of disciplines provided during the ten-day programme, noting that, “only when you address corruption by combining schools of thoughts on legal reviews, psychology, political science, and economics, as was done at IACSA, can one really start to properly address corruption”.
In addition to the training activities, IACSA offered a broad social networking programme consisting of team building activities, dinners and sports events. The attendees also enjoyed trips to the UNESCO Wachau region, United Nations headquarters and Vienna City Centre.
Overall, the participants had the opportunity to learn from each other, exchange experiences, elaborate on best practices, and work towards promoting effective anti-corruption strategies. The networking during IACSA has enabled the establishment of a broad alumni community, allowing the participants to stay in contact and contribute to each other´s professional endeavors. IACA will also in the future support this growing professional community through its alumni activities.