IACA signs MoU with IFIMES

On 22 July 2020, the Dean of IACA, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, and the Director of the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES), Mr. Zijad Bećirović, signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The document sets a framework for cooperation of both organizations on issues of common interest. In particular, it foresees joint efforts, including projects, to foster and promote capacity- and institution-building programmes in the anti-corruption field.

Ambassador of India Presents Credentials

On 9 July 2020, the new Permanent Representative of the Republic of India to the International Anti-Corruption Academy, H.E. Ambassador Jaideep Mazumdar, presented his credentials to Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean of IACA.

India has been a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization (IACA Agreement) since July 2013.

IFIMES Delegation visits IACA

On 2 July a delegation of the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) visited IACA. The Delegation consisted of two IFIMES Directors, Mr. Zijad Bećirović and Mr. Bakhtyar Aljaf, as well as the Head of IFIMES Permanent Representation to Austria and Vienna-based International Organizations, Mr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic. During their meeting with the IACA Dean, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, it was agreed that IFIMES and IACA would explore possibilities for cooperation on issues related to the prevention and fight against corruption in the Middle East and the Balkans. To frame future cooperation, IACA and IFIMES decided to develop a memorandum of understanding.

IACA's Dean presented his credentials to the Director-General of United Nations Office in Vienna

On 3 July 2020, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, the Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), presented his credentials as Permanent Observer to the United Nations to Ms. Ghada Fathi Waly, Director-General of United Nations Office in Vienna and Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

In the framework of this meeting, the Heads of IACA and UNODC discussed possibilities of cooperation between the two organizations, including IACA's readiness to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) as well as the preparatory process of the Special Session on corruption of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS) to take place in April next year. UNODC was one of the Academy’s initiating partners and is represented in the IACA Board of Governors.

IACA Summer Academy 2020: Online Format

The International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy is an intensive, interdisciplinary programme that addresses trends and practices on the global anti-corruption agenda and promotes a culture of the reflective practitioner. It is open to professionals from around the world, with a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the public or private sector, international or non-governmental organizations, as well as media representatives, students, and researchers in areas related to anti-corruption and/or compliance. Applicants with a level of junior engagement demonstrating their potential may also apply.

The world is currently facing many uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 virus pandemic, and international travel continues to be particularly affected. Against this background and after much thought and careful consideration, IACA made a decision to organize its 10th edition of the International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy in an online format, instead of on campus in Laxenburg.

Following the selection, participants will attend sessions with leading professors and practitioners in the fields of anti-corruption and compliance in the period 5 – 11 September 2020.

IACA will also offer tuition fee waivers to the passport holders of the Least Developed Countries (as per UN classification), as well as to the citizens of IACA’s Parties listed as Lower-Middle and Upper-Middle Economies by the World Bank.

We are currently finalizing the details and will publish all further information about the programme on our web site soon.

Republic of Austria contributes funds to IACA

The Republic of Austria has transferred EUR 300,000 as a voluntary contribution to the Academy’s budget for the year 2020.

Having become a Party to IACA in 2010, Austria 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.

Module III Online for 2019 classes Opening

On 18 May Students of IACA two master’s degree programmes - International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) and Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) - have started with the online sessions of their respective modules III, focusing on designing and implementing an effective anti-corruption compliance programme for the former and on corruption sociology, criminology and political science for the latter programme.

For this occasion, the Dean and the Executive Secretary of IACA, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, together with Director of Academic Programmes, Mr. Pawan Kumar Sinha, addressed and greeted the students, wishing them success in their studies.

These online sessions run from 18 May to 5 June and include discussions on risk assessment in the process of developing an anti-corruption compliance programme; risk management; anti-corruption clauses in contracts; due diligence and third party risk management; gifts, hospitality, donations, and charity; managing conflict of interest; corruption in public procurement – with business perspective included; compliance lab: conducting due diligence; corruption, power, and politics; corruption and development; illicit financial flows; the sociology and criminology of corruption; whistleblowing & whistleblowers' protection; collective action in fight against corruption; and research methods.

IACA online modules are organized using eLearning methods, such as discussion forums, interactive presentations, live sessions, exercises, and labs.

Lecturers for these two modules are Heike Böhme (Germany), Guillermo Jorge (Argentina),  Max Kaiser Aranda (Mexico), Ina Kubbe (Germany), Michael Levi (UK), Pallavi Roy (India), and Ashley Savage (UK).

MACS 2018 Module VII Opening

On 4 May IACA Students in the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme have started with the online sessions of their final module, which focuses on corruption prevention and the future of anti-corruption.

On this first day of the module, the Dean and the Executive Secretary of IACA, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, together with Director of Academic Programmes, Mr. Pawan Kumar Sinha, addressed and greeted the students, wishing them success in their studies.

Online module sessions run from 4 to 22 May and include discussions on research methods, public procurement, corruption prevention in the non-profit sector, whistle-blower protection, successful anti-corruption reforms, collective action, and the future of the anti-corruption agenda. IACA online modules are organized using eLearning methods, such as discussion forums, interactive presentations, live sessions, exercises, and labs.

Lecturers for this module are Jeroen Maesschalck (Belgium), Max Kaiser Aranda (Mexico), Malika Ait-Mohamed Parent (Switzerland), Ashley Savage (UK/Austria), Gemma Aiolfi (Switzerland), Pawan Kumar Sinha (India), and representatives from the PWC office in Azerbaijan.

Students of this MACS 2018-2020 class are expected to graduate on 9 December 2020.

IACA Academic Programmes offered online for 2020 - 2022

The Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) and the International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) programmes organised by IACA will be offered for the first time in an online format for the classes of 2020-2022. The two-year online programmes, focussing on the advanced study of anti-corruption, compliance, and collective action, will allow you to choose the learning environment that works best for you, thereby fitting your personal schedule around your coursework more easily. This flexibility will allow you to balance work, studies, and private life, as you prepare for the next step in your career. A detailed curriculum will be published soon on the IACA website along with information about the programme fee and other details. The Academy will offer a limited number of programme fee waiver scholarships for both online programmes. More information on all the above will follow in the upcoming weeks. To keep up to date with the latest announcements we invite all interested candidates to follow the news on the IACA website and the Academic Programmes Facebook Page.

New online learning opportunities at IACA

IACA has launched its first on-demand video lecture, “Use of Anti-Corruption Compliance Standards and Guidelines for Designing and Implementing an Anti-Corruption Compliance Programme”. This lecture is delivered by IACA’s frequent lecturer, Dr. Eduard Ivanov, and aims to support companies in the implementation of anti-corruption compliance programmes. The content will be especially useful for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

This lecture will be delivered in four separate sessions as a series and is part of IACA’s online training initiatives, developed to meet the needs of the anti-corruption community for efficient and effective learning. Additional online training opportunities, including courses on various topics, will be further offered by IACA to its network worldwide and to the general public. For further information, click here.

IACA’s Dean joined the leadership network of International Gender Champions

IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary Thomas Stelzer became an International Gender Champion (IGC) under the International Gender Champions Initiative, a leadership network in Geneva, New York, and Vienna of female and male decision-makers working to break down gender barriers. Under this initiative, he assumed commitments to mainstreaming gender considerations into IACA’s academic programmes and trainings and to establish a Fellowship Programme for women in anti-corruption with the aim of increasing the number of women studying anti-corruption through awarding scholarships and work experience opportunities.

When joining the network, Mr. Stelzer stated: “I will prioritize the pursuit of gender equality and the empowerment of women in the fight against corruption. Gender and anti-corruption are mainstreamed throughout all the Sustainable Development Goals, in addition to being reflected directly in Goals 5 and 16 and their associated targets, and are on top of IACA agenda. IACA is committed to boosting the empowerment of women in the fight against corruption. Women in all spheres and at all levels of our society must be agents of change and agents of defeating corruption.”

Ninth session of the IACA’s Assembly of Parties postponed

As a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic and following consultations with the authorities of the Republic of Korea, the Bureau of the eighth session of the IACA’s Assembly of Parties (AoP), agreed with the need to postpone the ninth session of the AoP, which was scheduled to take place between 1 and 2 June, 2020 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Decisions on the new date and venue for this session will be taken in light of further developments.

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