The 8th of March marks IACA’s first anniversary. It was at this time last year that the Academy became an international organization, entering the international arena as a new global player in the fight against corruption.
In commemoration of this day, IACA’s Members gathered for the second session of the Provisional Commission in Vienna, Austria on 7 March, followed by a reception. The Academy also hosted a briefing, providing non-member states and organizations with the opportunity to learn more about its activities and operational framework.
Within this first year, IACA has made a great step forward. It has managed to assert itself as a key player on the international scene, attracting a constituency of 59 Members, and gaining observer status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). Cooperation being a core aspect of its mission, IACA has formalized cooperation with numerous institutions from the public and private sector in order to contribute to a more coordinated fight against corruption. In the realm of programmes and activities, it has offered a summer academy, co-organized various trainings, and hosted a European anti-corruption conference and Transparency International’s Integrity Awards Ceremony, just to name a few.
The next few months will be characterized by increased academic activity within the organization as it prepares to host its second summer academy, a course on investigation training, a UK Bribery Act seminar, a seminar series featuring well-known anti-corruption personalities, and a few others. This fall IACA expects to open its doors to the first group of students for its Master programme and host the first Assembly of Parties.