DSC 0513An international group of anti-corruption professionals from the public and private sectors were gathered on IACA’s Laxenburg campus last week for the fifth annual Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training programme.

The five-day programme was delivered by IACA Frequent Visiting Faculty members Robert Klitgaard (Claremont Graduate University) and Jeroen Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology, KU Leuven), as well as Richard E. Messick (International legal and anti-corruption consultant and Senior Contributor at the Global Anticorruption Blog).

Sessions covered topics ranging from diagnosing corruption and the economics of corruption to ethical dilemmas, organizational integrity, and successful reform strategies. In addition, during interactive sessions the participants looked in detail at specific case studies of cities that have undergone reform to counter corruption. The group also visited Vienna City Hall, a study visit which shed light on the Austrian local governance context.

The participants who came from eight countries including Kiribati, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Zambia, benefited from exchanging experiences of anti-corruption and local integrity systems in their own context with each other and with the expert lecturers, and also had the opportunity to network with IACA staff and participants of other IACA trainings on campus.

This programme is designed for, among others, local politicians, municipal leaders, regional government administrators, officials from anti-corruption agencies, experts from ombudsman offices and local anti-corruption organizations, and governance specialists from development organizations.

Following the training, the participants have become part of IACA’s alumni network of over 1,700 anti-corruption and compliance professionals in 157 countries and jurisdictions.

For more details about this programme and other open trainings at IACA, click here.