Foreword by the Dean

Thomas Stelzer

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IACA would like to introduce this year’s Annual Report by expressing its gratitude to its constituency, including the host state of Austria, the Board of Governors, the International Senior Advisory Board, the International Academic Advisory Board, faculty, students, participants, alumni, and staff who have helped to make it possible for the Academy to continue its activities throughout 2019.

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Thomas Stelzer
Dean & Executive Secretary
International Anti_Corruption Academy

IACA would like to introduce this year’s Annual Report by expressing its gratitude to its constituency, including the host state of Austria, the Board of Governors, the International Senior Advisory Board, the International Academic Advisory Board, faculty, students, participants, alumni, and staff who have helped to make it possible for the Academy to continue its activities throughout 2019.

Due to the severe financial crisis that hit the Academy at the close of 2018, 2019 was a year of consolidation for IACA in order to lay the groundwork for recovery. Without the support of the actors mentioned above, the continuity of the organization would have been at risk.

This report describes the activities carried out by IACA despite the multiple challenges, as well as the renewed priorities of stabilization and sustainability for the present and future of the organization. The Academy has continued making a valuable contribution in preventing and fighting corruption through its master degrees, open and standardized trainings, tailor-made trainings, and other educational activities.

In its commitment to the support and implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), IACA has focused on specific areas during 2019, such as anti-money laundering, ethics and compliance, good governance, asset recovery, public procurement, online investigation, and protection of whistleblowers. Furthermore, aiming to fulfil and promote the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, IACA has once again stressed the need to invest in and foster anti-corruption education and empowerment of anti-corruption and compliance professionals. The Academy has also continued to consolidate its efforts to ensure that gender equality and female empowerment are upheld in the selection and recruitment of its staff, participation in its programmes and trainings, and the awarding of scholarships.

The Academy will continue efforts to develop its status as the go-to centre of excellence in anti-corruption education, training, and research. For that purpose, IACA staff will continue to seek innovative ways to address current challenges related to the international efforts to prevent and fight corruption.

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