Republic of Kazakhstan contributes funds to IACA

The Republic of Kazakhstan has transferred EUR 10,000 as a voluntary contribution to the Academy’s budget for the year 2020.

Having become a Party to IACA in 2014, Kazakhstan 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.

IACA Summer Academy 2020: New Date and Scholarship Opportunities

Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, IACA has decided to postpone the 10th edition of the International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy 2020 to September. New dates for the programme are 5 – 11 September 2020, and the new deadline for applications is 3 June 2020.

IACA has a pleasure to announce that it is now accepting applications for a limited number of full and partial scholarships from eligible candidates coming from Least Developed Countries (as defined by the United Nations), and from citizens of IACA State Parties listed under the World Bank Classification of Countries by Income as the Lower-Middle- and Upper-Middle-Income Economies. These highly competitive scholarships are merit based. Some fee discounts also apply, as per the IACA Preferential Treatment Scheme.

Professionals with a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the public and private sector, international and non-governmental organizations, media, civil society, and academia are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, please visit IACA Summer Academy page. In case of any questions, please write to

Applications for IACA master’s programmes

IACA is now accepting applications for its 2020 - 2022 academic degree studies, in particular for the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) and International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) programmes. Both programmes are for two years and designed for working professionals who continue working while pursuing their degrees. They combine distance learning with intensive in-class sessions taking place approximately every 3 months. Focusing on the advanced study of anti-corruption and compliance, the MACS programme is comprised of seven teaching modules and a master’s thesis. The IMACC programme focuses on anti-corruption compliance and consists of six modules and a final project or a master’s thesis. Faculty members are internationally recognized academics and practitioners in the fields of anti-corruption and compliance. Graduating students receive an internationally recognized MA degree with 120 ECTS credits under the European Bologna process, enabling enrolment into PhD programme. The admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree (though a number of our students already have master’s degrees), 3 years of work experience in the area of anti-corruption, compliance, rule of law, governance, law enforcement, business management, or other related fields, and proficiency in written and spoken English. Applications are accepted until 30 June for both programmes to commence with studies on 1 October 2020. For more information and to apply, please click here.

IACA to Receive Funding Under the Siemens Integrity Initiative, Third Funding Round

IACA is proud to announce that Siemens Integrity Initiative will continue to support IACA activities under the Third Funding Round, with 1,5 million USD in the next five years. IACA’s Project Proposal, the ultimate goal of which is to put theory and knowledge into practice with real impact, was selected among 140 project proposals with activities in over 50 countries.

Within the five years of the Project, IACA will enhance the impact and promote the implementation of anti-corruption activities by empowering practitioners from Least Developed Countries as defined by the United Nations, and Emerging Markets, with merit-based scholarships through grants for IACA programmes. In this regard, IACA will train and educate participants in its academic degree programmes, Summer Academy trainings at IACA, Regional Summer Academy (RSA) and Regional Alumni Conference.

IACA already participated in the First (2010) and Second (2014) Funding Rounds under the Siemens Integrity Initiative, under which numerous activities were implemented to support the global fight against corruption.

The Academy is grateful to the Siemens Integrity Initiative for its continued support for empowering professionals to fight corruption, improving compliance, pursuing Collective Action Initiatives, and strengthening the global anti-corruption alumni network.

Upcoming modules of IACA master programmes

Due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and the rapid spread of the virus, taking into consideration measures introduced by the Austrian authorities and other governments worldwide, and in consultation with its students, IACA has postponed in-class sessions of academic programmes modules planned for April and early May. This concerns in particular Module VII of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme, class of 2018 - 2020, Module III of the MACS programme, class of 2019 - 2021, and Module III of the International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action, class of 2019 - 2021. Despite postponing all in-class session phases, we continue working from safety of our homes to open pre-module phases for our students. This will allow MACS and IMACC students to continue with their studies by working online in order to be ready to resume full speed when situation allows us to meet again at IACA campus.


IACA has gained a new partner in the fight against corruption in Latin America through the signing of an MoU with The Institute for Human Security for Latin America and the Caribbean (ISHALC). The MoU was signed by the Dean of IACA, Mr. Thomas Stelzer, and the President Director of ISHALC, Mr. Eduardo Cesar Leite, at the opening of ISHALC´s new center in São Paulo, Brazil, on 10 March 2020. Through this MoU, both partners aim to promote a greater involvement of IACA in the region.
322 ISHALC MAR2020 web ISHALC considers the fight against corruption an important aspect of Human Security, as it strengthens the rule of law. The work of the Institute is centered on the well-being of the people, ensuring that they can create political systems that allow them to live in dignity with their rights respected. ISHALC is conceptually based on the 7 pillars of human security (Economic, Food, Health, Environmental, Citizen, Community and Political) which are reflected in the UN´s Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). IACA and ISHALC are united in their commitment to supporting states in their efforts to achieve the SDGs.

IACA has been active in Latin America recently with the Regional Summer Academy also being held in São Paulo in September 2019. It is expected that through this MoU, IACA´s engagement in the region can be strengthened.


IACA Board of Governors meets

The IACA Board of Governors held its first meeting of the year on 5 March to discuss the recent and future IACA activities, preparations of the new Work Programme of the Academy, the Financial statement of the year 2019, as well as preparations for the ninth session of the Assembly of Parties Seoul, Republic of Korea, among other matters. In their deliberations, Board members also considered current institutional and academic developments at IACA, particularly in light of the ongoing spread of the Covid-19 virus.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Alexey Konov, the Chairperson of the Board. Members serve in their individual capacity and come from all regions of the globe, as well as from the United Nations.

New Dean of IACA takes office

Mr. Thomas Stelzer has today taken up his new role as Dean of IACA. Upon taking office the Dean remarked that “I am looking forward to getting down to work and engaging with IACA’s Parties, as well as other stakeholders, on initiatives to bolster our joint efforts in the global fight against corruption and to ensure the stability and sustainability of the Academy”.  

The Dean has started his tenure with a tight schedule of meetings in which he is sharing his vision for the future of the Academy with IACA’s Parties, and other key stakeholders in the anti-corruption community around the world.

Independent External Auditors at IACA

A collegium of independent senior auditors spent three days on campus this week for the Independent External Audit of IACA’s financial statement for the budget year 2019.

This member state-owned function, which currently consists of auditors from Indonesia, the Russian Federation, and Thailand, is carrying out the audit in line with the Resolution on the Independent External Audit of IACA.

The external auditors were appointed by IACA’s Board of Governors (BoG) from senior members of national Supreme Audit Institutions or other suitable institutions of volunteering Parties. All external auditors, operating as a collegial body, act in their personal capacity and enjoy functional and organizational independence in conducting the audit.

The collegium is now compiling a report that will be presented to the BoG. The upcoming ninth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties will subsequently be notified of the report’s findings.

IACA Participation in the Nineteenth Session of the Integrity Sub-Committee of World Customs Organization

IACA participated in the 19th Integrity Sub-Committee (ISC) Meeting of the World Customs Organization. The meeting was held between 20 and 21 February 2020 in Brussels. Representatives of 77 countries participated in the event.

The ISC is the global customs community's anti-corruption and integrity development platform. The first session of this year’s meeting was dedicated to the topic: “Transparency in the era of New Technologies: how can NewTech help Leaders in Customs promote Integrity?”.  In this framework, Mr. Pawan Kumar Sinha, Director of IACA’s Academic Programmes, presented his research findings and practitioner’s perspective on the topic: Effectiveness of Automation in Controlling Corruption in Customs: Challenges and Opportunities: What can be done? He also participated in other sessions of the ISC Meeting.

IMACC and MACS Students Come Together in Laxenburg

Students of the International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) and Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) classes of 2019-2021 came together at the IACA campus in early February to learn from and share their experiences with one other.

In the first week of classes, IMACC and MACS students had joint sessions, covering the topics on International Anti-Corruption Conventions, the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act, and other national laws. The IMACC class in addition had sessions on the rationale of the anti-corruption compliance programmes, international compliance standards, International Standards ISO 19601and Anti-Bribery Management Systems ISO 37001. In addition, the MACS programme was also focusing on the nexus between the rule of law and human rights on the one hand, and corruption on the other; anti-money laundering laws, corruption in the migration realm; organized crime and corruption; and the World Bank anti-corruption sanction system. Both classes devoted a part of their time to studying research methods and visited the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna.

Lecturers for both programmes included Professors Milda Zilinskaite (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Andy Spalding (University of Richmond School of Law), John Hatchard (Buckingham Law School), Georg Krakow (Baker McKenzie), Eduard Ivanov (Independent International Law Expert), Barbara Neiger (neiger.C advisory e.U.), Jeoren Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology, Belgium), Amr Taha (International Organization for Migration), Pawan Kumar Sinha (IACA), and Alexandra Manea (The World Bank). Despite busy timetables, students had many opportunities for informal interactions and networking.

The IMACC and the MACS are two-year, internationally recognized MA degree programmes with 120 ECTS credits under the EU’s Bologna Process.

IACA is currently welcoming applications for the 2020 – 2022 intake for both IMACC and MACS programmes, which will start in October this year. Applications are open until 31 May 2020. If you are interested to apply for the programme and you are in Austria between 27 April and 8 May, join us for the Academic Programmes Open Days. You can meet our 2019-2021 classes and attend sessions with renowned practitioners and academics as well as meet with our Academic Programmes Team who will guide you in regard to the application and admission process. More information and how to register for the Open Day can be found here.

OMV contributes funds to IACA

OMV Aktiengesellschaft has transferred EUR 20,000 to IACA as a voluntary contribution to the Academy’s budget for 2020.

OMV and IACA have undertaken to explore potential fields of cooperation in anti-corruption and compliance following the conclusion of a letter of agreement.

Voluntary contributions from  the private sector and other donors are mentioned in Article XI.(1).b of the IACA Agreement as one of the components of Academy’s resources. Click here for further details.

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