IACA and OECD strengthen their cooperation

On 2 October 2020, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, paid a visit to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris and met with Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General.

Emphasizing IACA’s added value for OECD anti-corruption work, the heads of both organizations discussed possible joint initiatives facilitating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In particular, Dean Stelzer stressed IACA’s readiness to join forces with international stakeholders to promote the realization of all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by fighting bribery and corruption in all their forms.

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The IACA Dean and the OECD Secretary-General also discussed possibilities for collaboration in the context of the Special Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGASS) on corruption, which is planned to take place in 2021. Both interlocutors agreed that the international community should ensure that this session facilitates tangible progress in global anti-corruption efforts, among others by contributing to the implementation of the SDGs.

Both the OECD and IACA agreed to renew their Memorandum of Understanding.

IACA and UNESCO discussed joint initiatives on anti-corruption education

On 30 September 2020, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, and Mr. Xing Qu, UNESCO Deputy Director-General, met to discuss about possible institutional cooperation and joint initiatives for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the field of anti-corruption education. Mr. Nicholas Jeffreys, Assistant Director-General for Administration and Management, accompanied the UNESCO Deputy Director-General during the discussions.

During the meeting Dean Stelzer underlined that IACA is the only international organization with an exclusive mandate to fight corruption in all its forms through education, research, cooperation and technical assistance delivery. He expressed hope for the strengthening of partnership with UNESCO and called for the creation of a closer international cooperation on anti-corruption, particularly to study the root causes of corruption, its various forms, and its adverse effects on societies, economies, international relations, and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Dean Stelzer also referred to the need for stronger governmental involvement in anti-corruption efforts as well as partnerships with civil society, academia, and the private sector. In this context, he stressed that future managers of all sectors of society, including diplomats, civil society leaders, academia, and leaders of private sector companies, should have access to capacity-building programmes to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively fight corruption and promote compliance.

Ambassador of Australia Presents Credentials

On 29 September 2020, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to Austria and the UN Offices and Intergovernmental Organizations in Vienna, H.E. Ambassador Richard Sadleir, presented his credentials to Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean of IACA.

Australia has been a Party to the International Anti-Corruption Academy since 2012.

Republic of Chile contributes funds to IACA

The Republic of Chile has transferred EUR 7.237 as a voluntary contribution to the Academy’s budget for the year 2020.

Having become a Party to IACA in 2010, Chile has been actively supporting the Academy. The latest contribution is greatly appreciated as it facilitates the organization’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe.

Voluntary contributions by Parties are mentioned as a core element of the organization’s financing under Article XI.(1).a of the IACA Agreement.

IACA’s first Online Summer Academy Successfully Concluded

The tenth edition of the Summer Academy, IACA’s flagship programme, took place online for the first time since its inception.

The Summer Academy started on 5 September and reached its conclusion six days later. The programme gathered 102 anti-corruption and compliance professionals from 45 countries worldwide. The audience included representatives of the public and private sectors, international organizations, academia, media, and civil society, while the speakers came from a wide variety of leading institutions, such as the National Centre for Governance, Integrity, and Anti-Corruption of Malaysia, OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, University of Gothenburg, Georgetown University Law Center, University of Lausanne, SOAS University of London, Vienna University of Economics and Business, and Novartis.

Although in a virtual setting, this interdisciplinary programme continued the practice of previous editions and blended theory and practice, addressing topical anti-corruption and compliance issues from multiple perspectives: politics, compliance and collective action, integrity and corruption prevention, law, psychology, economics, good governance, and enforcement.

This year’s Summer Academy participants now join the IACA alumni association, a worldwide network of around 3,300 anti-corruption and compliance professionals from 161 countries.

Ambassador of Bangladesh Presents Credentials

On 8 September 2020, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to Austria and the UN Offices and Intergovernmental Organizations in Vienna, H.E. Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith, presented his credentials to Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean of IACA.

Bangladesh has been a Party to the International Anti-Corruption Academy since 2018.

IACA at the European Forum Alpbach

At his year’s European Forum Alpbach IACA curated two important anti-corruption events.

The first one was the High Level Panel on Corruption and Sustainable Development: Joining the Fight against Corruption. It involved the 8th United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon; the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet; Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, José Ángel Gurria; and Nobel Peace Laureate, Muhammad Yunus. The High Level Panel focused on issues related to effective anti-corruption measures for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which would create necessary conditions for the promotion of democracy, sustainable economies, prosperous societies, social cohesion, justice, and the rule of law.

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The second Panel on Effective Anti-Corruption Whistleblower Protection  involved the Fairfax Group President, Michael Hershman; journalist and members of the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation, Corinne Vela; and former UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Freedom of Expression, David Kaye. It was moderated by Whistleblowing International Network’s Executive Director, Anna Myers. Exploring challenges for the implementation of effective whistleblower protection frameworks in the public and private sectors was at the heart of this session.

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Module 4 of IMACC and MACS 2019 Online

The students of IACA’s two master’s degree programmes - International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) 2019 and Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) 2019 – started live (online) sessions of their fourth module on 3 August 2020. Both modules which mainly focus on economic aspects of corruption and compliance carry a lot of asynchronous and synchronous interactive learning materials and group works.

In addition, MACS students analyze the role of the civil society in the fight against corruption and the nexus between gender and corruption. IMACC students focus on anti-corruption project methodologies, value-based compliance programmes and ways to develop codes of conduct, as well as anti-money laundering laws and practices.

Moreover, students of both programmes will study the role of technology in the fight against corruption, and take part in an expert talk on ‘Positive Deviance’.

Live sessions of both modules end on 21 and 26 August for MACS and IMACC programmes, respectively.

Russia contributes funds to IACA

The Russian Federation has contributed USD 200.000 (equivalent to EUR 168.605,63) to IACA. A part of this amount is earmarked. Since 2011, Russia has provided IACA with a total funding of EUR 1.382.865,18.

The continuous support by Russia to IACA's activities is of particular importance and will help the organization to develop and implement initiatives aimed at empowering anti-corruption professionals around the globe

The Russian Federation has been a Founding Member of IACA and a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since March 2011

Kenya Joins IACA

IACA is pleased to welcome the Republic of Kenya as a new Party. Kenya’s ratification of the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization took place on 9 June and entered into force on 8 August.

Thus, the Academy’s constituency increases to 80 Parties. These comprise 76 UN Member States and four international organizations.

The Agreement remains open for ratification by its remaining original Signatories and for accession by all UN Member States and international organizations.

Malaysia contributes funds to IACA

Malaysia has transferred EUR 100,000 as a voluntary contribution to the Academy’s budget for the year 2020.

Having become a Party to IACA in 2012, Malaysia has been actively supporting the Academy ever since. The latest contribution is greatly appreciated as it supports the organization’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe.

Voluntary contributions by Parties are mentioned as a core element of the organization’s financing under Article XI.(1).a of the IACA Agreement. Click here for further details.

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