The 8th of March witnessed a momentous occasion in the birth of a new global player in the fight against corruption. The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), situated in Laxenburg, Austria’s baroque Palais Kaunitz-Wittgenstein, has become an international organization. With 51 United Nation Member States and two international organizations as signatories, the Academy represents one of the most successful international initiatives ever.
Corruption undermines the very foundations of society. Every year, billions of dollars are lost to feed the greed of a few and consequently deprive millions of their basic human rights. “Traditional methods are proving no match for new types of corruption and to-date, anti-corruption training had lacked specialization”, stressed United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at IACA’s Inaugural Conference, “If we are serious about tackling corruption, we will use the Academy to the fullest.”
The newly established international organization will specialize in anti-corruption education and research, with the overall objective of furthering the goals of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). “There are no easy-fixes or one-fits-all solutions to eradicating corruption” explained Martin Kreutner, Chair of the IACA International Transition Team. “Owing to its unique holistic approach carting to various professions, IACA will provide its participants with the necessary tools to effectively combat this corrosive phenomenon”.
At IACA, students will receive anti-corruption training through an interdisciplinary approach. Their backgrounds, ranging from the public sector to civil society and NGOs, as well as their experiences, will provide for enriched discussions and engaging seminars. The Academy will also establish a global network of like-minded alumni and professionals.