ADAIACA and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) signed an agreement in support of a regional Summer Academy in East Africa and scholarships for participants from Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

“I am happy that we can expand our international network through cooperation with ADA and strengthen our efforts in curbing corruption through education. Bringing our annual Summer Academy, which has encountered such success over the past four years, to other regions of the globe is of paramount importance in this regard”, said Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, in Vienna yesterday.

The project funds of 400,000 Euros, allocated over a three-year period, will serve to empower more than 200 anti-corruption professionals from East Africa and provide additional scholarships to facilitate participation from LDCs at other IACA trainings.

Ambassador Michael Linhart, General Secretary at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, commended the development. “Corruption hinders development and widens the gap between rich and poor. It is therefore important that Austria supports the strengthening of the rule of law and good governance in its partner countries”, he asserted.

He was joined by Martin Ledolter, Managing Director of ADA in saying, “For many years we have been supporting civil society organizations, parliaments, courts, and courts of auditors in our main cooperation countries to promote transparency, democratic participation, and accountability. Cooperation with IACA is a logical extension of our efforts in this area”.