Anti-corruption education offered in recent decades has been ad-hoc at best, often lacking specialization and a comprehensive framework. It has suffered from educational particularism and in some instances even separatism, thus providing limited results in the long-run. In response to these shortcomings, IACA’s holistic approach was designed.

An approach which is international in catering to various corners of the globe and observing regional diversity; inter-disciplinary in ensuring that every thematic aspect of corruption, academic and practical, is taken into account; inter-sectoral in linking practitioners with researchers, the public sector with the private sector, academics with civil society; integrative, in providing knowledge and hands-on tools applicable to different parts of the world; and sustainable, in offering lasting solutions.

For anti-corruption work to be effective, practitioners need to step out of their area of specialization to truly understand the intertwined manner in which this menace manifests itself, and draw on the knowledge of other fields as well as that of their diverse peers. For a thorough anti-corruption strategy in any system, society or enterprise, various aspects have to be taken into account, cross-sectorial policies evaluated and international and country-specific methods scrutinized.